Bennett Island Challenge
Help us Conserve Bennett Island Forever!
Bear-Paw thanks everyone who donated to the Bennett Island Forever Campaign last year. You helped us raise over $53,000 to purchase a conservation easement on Bennett Island on Bow Lake. The Strafford Conservation Commission and the Northwood Conservation Commission have also voted to support the project and we are more than halfway to the $200,000 purchase price!
Anne Young and Stetson Ames from Kooaukee Island are leading the Bennett Island Forever campaign with a $5,000 gift but they cannot do it alone! We need more leaders! Bear-Paw is planning a round of fundraising parties on the lake this spring. If you would like to help host one, please contact Daniel Kern at the Bear-Paw office (email@example.com).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org! 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!
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.