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Dear Editor:

The Nashua River Watershed Association is in full support of the Campbell-Strachan Trust/Trust for Public Land project on the former Surrenden Farm and Hunt Club Meadows properties. This project is noteworthy in a great many respects.

The ability to protect over 300 acres of prime, very developable real estate is itself rare. Much of this land is currently used as agricultural fields — another dwindling resource — which may continue to be managed as open space. A significant portion of Nashua River frontage and abutting floodplain will be preserved, advancing our long-held Greenway goal of protecting the river frontage along the Nashua River and both sides of its major tributaries. The stunning visual qualities of this landscape also will be preserved. Prime wildlife habitat within a swath of thousands of connected acres and major public recreational opportunities round out the benefits that would result from this project. A broad coalition of partners has agreed that the project is worthy and doable. If this single-most important property in our area is not acquired at this point in time, the opportunity to protect it will be lost forever.

PAUL MATISSE

NRWA President

Groton

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