Land conservation is one of the most reliable ways to protect water quality. By maintaining indigenous plantings, rainwater run off is slowed, sedimentation reduced, and water turbidity is minimized — all of which contribute to maintaining a healthy environment for aquatic life and clear water for swimming. The easiest way to minimize the impact of development on the lake is to have vast areas of undeveloped land.
The Newfound Land Conservation Partnership (NLCP) is comprised of three entities: the Newfound Lake Region Association, the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF). The NLRA educates and serves the needs of the local community on land-related matters and the LRCT and SPNHF provide land stewardship expertise and can manage conservation easements. The NLRA provides information on the advantages to private owners of protective easements on tracts of land with high environmental value.
Through its efforts, the NLCP has increased the amount of permanently protected land in the watershed from 13% to 20% in the five years leading up to 2016.