UpperNaukeag2.tif

Upper Naukeag Lake

The Upper Naukeag Lake water supply protection expansion was accomplished by the purchase of a Conservation Restriction on 100 acres early in 2009. Ashburnham Conservation Trust worked with the landowner and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to complete the deal. The bulk of the property was permanently protected after reserving one building lot on Packard Hill Road. The remaining land continues to be managed as working forest. As head waters to the Millers River the protection of this area has a positive impact to many communities downstream. This can be said of most of our projects because Ashburnham is the headwaters of three major watersheds. This, as our largest lake, provides drinking water to certain parts of Ashburnham and Winchendon and while it is not the only lake that can boast it, it too hosts a pair of breeding loons. From the shoreline of Upper Naukeag Lake one can catch glimpses of loon, ducks, otters and an occasional jumping fish. It is a peaceful view into the heart of our largest contiguous block of open space. You should be proud to be a part of it