Bennett Island Forever? Yes!
You helped us conserve Bennett Island!
We want to thank 471 families who contributed to the campaign to Save Bennett Island Forever! Your overwhelming response and generosity was inspiring. You flocked flamingos, attended house parties, sent in contributions in response to newsletter articles and other appeals, and some even swam one mile around Bennett Island (and asked your friends and families to support your personal effort to protect the island). Bear-Paw has never seen such widespread community support for one of its conservation projects.
Bear-Paw has completed the conservation easement to permanently protect the island. The members of Bear-Paw and the other contributors to the campaign to Save Bennett Island Forever were committed to completing this project, one way or another, and you did it. Now it's time to start planning a celebration! We all deserve it. If you want to help, call or email the office.
We raised over $125,000 from over 471 families just like you – people who care deeply about the lake, its wildlife, and its residents.
The Town of Strafford’s Conservation Commission, the largest single contributor to the project, provided $50,000. Obviously, the town sees the value of protecting this special place – for wildlife and for Strafford taxpayers, especially seasonal residents, visitors, and recreational lake users.
We also received the generous support of the following foundations:
Thomas Haas Fund, NH Charitable Foundation $20,000
Davis Conservation Foundation $10,000
McIninch Foundation $10,000
Horne Family Foundation $10,000
Lewis Family Foundation $5,000
Fields Pond Foundation $5,000
We could not have done this without all of you! Look for an announcement for the celebration in May!