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Southern Monadnock Plateau

This multi-phased project focused on the lands that lie upon the Southern Monadnock Plateau. It was funded with money that came primarily from Federal Forest Legacy grants, aimed to preserve working forests. Many of the properties protected fall along the 92 mile Midstate Trail, which stretches between Rhode Island and New Hampshire where it joins with the Wapack Trail. This well traveled trail reaches the peak of Mount Watatic, a destination spot for many people from within our region and beyond. Throughout the year visitor cars can be seen parked along both sides of Route 119 near the Mount Watatic parking lot. In 2009 ACT worked with the State, the Conservation Commission, the North Quabbin Regional Partnership and Mount Grace Conservation Land Trust to complete the protection of properties in two grant phases. Three of the project properties were on the Midstate Trail. This project has involved many land protection agencies with a broad scope and range. ACT has been one of those agencies by contributing to and finding additional funds for appraisals, stewardship and forestry plans as well as committing to monitoring these lands