The "Everybody Hikes Mt. Major" Campaign to purchase and protect four key properties in the Belknap Range is in the final stretch, thanks to generous supporters who have contributed 89 percent of the $1.8 million needed to bring the campaign to a successful finale. We must now raise the final $200,000 to protect a New Hampshire treasure and to ensure continued public access to the extensive trails system in the Belknap Range.
More than 1,250 individual donors have stepped up to help since the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, the Society for the Protection of NH Forests and Belknap Range Conservation Coalition launched the campaign last summer. Two towns, Alton and Gilford, have committed funds. Five grant committees and family foundations have also pledged their support.
Grants for the campaign have come from the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), the S.L. Gimbel Foundation, the N.H. State Conservation (“moose plate”) Committee, the Open Space Institute, the Penates Foundation, and an anonymous family foundation. The tremendous support from individual donors is in large part thanks to the dedicated volunteers from the Belknap Range Conservation Coalition who shared the project with hikers and collected donations at the Mt. Major trailhead during the hiking season.
It's also thanks to the popularity of the weatherproof map of the Belknap Range trails that donors of $50 or more receive as a "thank you" gift. Thank you to mapmaker Weldon Bosworth and volunteers from the BRCC and the Belknap Range Trail Tenders for providing this great gift!