Conservation Easement Will Block Northern Pass At Balsams

Dec 7, 2011

Part of the deal to sell the Balsams resort in Dixville Notch will apparently prevent the Northern Pass from using the land for its electric power lines. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.


When the Balsams resort was up for sale the Northern Pass utility project was interested.

Northern Pass apparently wanted a right-of-way for the huge towers bringing hydro-electric power from Canada.

But if the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests can raise $850,000 that won’t be happening.

One component of the resort’s sale gives a conservation easement to the forest society to protect the land from development.

Spokesman Jack Savage says, in exchange the forest society will give Tillotson Corp. $850,000. It still needs to raise those funds.

“If we are successful in conserving this land then there will be no provisions for any right of way by Northern Pass or anyone else for that matter.”

The easement would cover about 5,800 of the nearly 8,000 acres.

North Country businessmen Daniel Hebert and Daniel Dagesse purchased the resort for 2.3 million.

The hotel is expected to remain closed for an 18-month long renovation.

For NHPR News this is Chris Jensen