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Lafayette Brook Acquisition Public Information Session - July 28, 2016


For Immediate Release

Lafayette Brook Acquisition Public Information Session

(Concord, NH) The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation will hold a public information session in August to discuss the proposed acquisition of approximately 400 acres of undeveloped land on Profile Road in Franconia. The Lafayette Brook property directly abuts Franconia Notch State Park and the White Mountain National Forest. The session will be held at 6 pm Thursday August 11, 2016, at Franconia Notch State Park Headquarters on I-93 Exit 34 B.

The Division is interested in acquiring the property for the following reasons:
1. To protect the view shed from the Cannon Mountain and Mittersill ridges.
2. Maintenance and potential expansion of the existing trail use on the property and to potentially connect it to the trails in Franconia Notch State Park and the White Mountain National Forest.
3. Future state park recreational development on the flatter terrain to compliment the more mountainous terrain in the rest of the park and expand existing services.
4. To protect the forested area located on the lower slopes of Lafayette Brook.
5. Wildlife habitat management and protection.
6. Demonstrate sustainable forest management.

Short-term plans at the property include constructing a small parking area for the public to access the parcel, maintenance of the existing trail network, installation of an informational kiosk, and installing of a pit toilet.

Written comments on the acquisition and short-term public use plan can be emailed to LafayetteBrookComments@dred.nh.gov, or mailed to the Department of Resources & Economic Development, Lafayette Brook Comments, 172 Pembroke Rd, Concord, NH 03301. The deadline for written comment is 4 pm on September 11, 2016.

For more information about the Lafayette Brook acquisition, visit nhstateparks.org under News and Events, Improvement projects.

About the Division
The Division of Parks and Recreation is comprised of the Bureau of Park Operations, Bureau of Historic Sites, Bureau of Trails, and Cannon Mountain. The Division manages 92 properties, including state parks, beaches, campgrounds, historic sites, trails, waysides, and natural areas. The Division of Parks and Recreation is one of four divisions of the Department of Resources and Economic Development. To learn more, visit www.nhstateparks.org, follow NH State Parks on Facebook and Twitter, or call 603/271-3556.
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