The campaign to conserve 5,800 acres surrounding the historic Balsams Grand Resort Hotel in Dixville Notch received a substantial boost today as an anonymous donor stepped forward with a $150,000 contribution. With a little more than a week to go before the January 15 deadline, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests has raised a total of $609,000 toward the $850,000 it needs to acquire conservation restrictions on the iconic landscape.
“This is fabulous news,” said Jane Difley, president/forester of the Forest Society. “This generous gift is just the shot in the arm we need as we go into the final week of fundraising. We still have a ways to go, and we need everyone who would like to see the land protected to step forward if they haven’t already. We’re not at the end of our campaign, but we can see it from here.”
The campaign has drawn contributions from more than 700 individuals to date, ranging from a few dollars collected at a coffee shop to major gifts, including today’s $150,000. Donations can be made at www.forestsociety.org/balsams, or by clicking the 'Donate Now' button on this blog.