Bennett Island Challenge
Help us Conserve Bennett Island Forever!
Bear-Paw thanks everyone who has already donated to the Bennett Island Forever Campaign. You have helped us raise over $68,000 to purchase a conservation easement on Bennett Island on Bow Lake. But, we still have a way to go and the Thomas Haas Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has issued Bear-Paw a challenge: Raise another $20,000 in contributions for the Bennett Island Forever Campaign and the Thomas Haas Fund will match it!
Bear-Paw is excited to meet the challenge. We have already raised $118,000 and are more than halfway to the purchase price; however, we need to raise another $100,000 to complete the project. This challenge will match the next $20,000 in private gifts with another $20,000. That will make a big difference! So if you were waiting for a good opportunity to give to the Bennett Island Forever Campaign, do it now.
We need donations from people just like you - people who care deeply about Bow Lake and the wildlife and the people who call it home. Everyone who makes a gift of $250 or more will receive a “Bennett Island” Flamingo to display on their lawn to show their support for this important project. And, donors of $1,000 or more will receive a coveted Golden Flamingo to demonstrate their level of commitment!
Click here to make a secure, online contribution or mail your check to Bear-Paw Regional Greenways, Post Office Box 19, Deerfield, NH 03037 and indicate “The Bennett Island Project” in the memo section. If you have any questions about the campaign or if you would like to get involved with the effort, please contact the office at 603-463-9400 or email@example.com! If you know someone who would like to support the Bennett Island Forever Campaign, send them a link to this page or the project description here!
Anne Young and Stetson Ames from Kooaukee Island are leading the Bennett Island Forever campaign with a $10,000 pledge but they cannot do it alone! The Lewis Family Foundation also added $5,000 to the effort but we need more leaders! Bear-Paw is planning a round of fundraising parties on the lake this summer and fall. If you would like to help host one, please contact Daniel Kern at the Bear-Paw office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Some opportunities only come along once in a lifetime and then they are lost forever. This is one of those times. Bear-Paw has been trying to create an opportunity to conserve Bennett Island almost since its founding in 1995. One of our earliest events was a field trip to the island with its owner, Bruce Montville. Now, almost 20 years later, Bruce and his family have decided that it is time to protect Bennett Island forever!
Undeveloped islands are a rare natural resource, in the Bear-Paw region and on Bow Lake in particular. Located in Strafford and Northwood, the lake is home to a wide variety of wildlife; including a pair of breeding Bald Eagles that live on Bennett Island and Common Loons that nest on and around it. Few people visit Bow Lake without taking a lap around Bennett Island. The lake is also a popular spot for fishing, swimming, and boating.