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A Safe Haven for Wildlife

Frost Pond property maintains water access for animalsPhoto of a hornworm by Jay and Melissa Malouin/Flickr

When Lin McKelvie and her husband bought property on Frost Pond in Jaffrey back in the early 90s they knew this would be the place they would want to spend the rest of their lives. There was just something about it that called to them -- even though they first saw the property in the winter, covered in snow. "We just knew that we wanted to be here," reminisced Lin.

There are only five houses on the 60-acre waterbody, so it feels secluded.

“I see a beautiful red fox, porcupines, deer, snakes, squirrels. Once in a while, a mink. Water birds. And there are otters that live on the other end of the pond,” Lin recounted.

For the critters

It was for these animals with whom she shared the land that she wanted to conserve the property. Especially in a world that continues to put pressure on critters -- habitat loss, shifts in climate, competition with other displaced species -- protecting access to clean water is key to their survival.

Now 15 acres of land and nearly a half mile of shoreline are permanently protected. Lin takes walks with her dogs through the fields between her home and the pond and continues to fall more in love with the beautiful place that she has lived for nearly 30 years. "It’s special, its wild, and I want to keep it that way," she said.