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The Quabbin to Cardigan Partnership

Launched in 2003, the Quabbin to Cardigan Partnership (Q2C) is a collaborative, landscape-scale effort to conserve the Monadnock Highlands of north-central Massachusetts and western New Hampshire. Habitat conservation in the Q2C region is a high priority for both the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Wildlife Action Plans (WAPs), and the region’s interconnected forests could also prove an important north-south corridor for wildlife adapting their ranges to a changing climate. Its managed timberlands are an important source of forest products and renewable energy, and are a highly-efficient carbon sink. The Q2C Conservation Plan was published in 2008. Encompassing approximately two million acres, the Quabbin to Cardigan region is one of the largest remaining areas of intact, interconnected, ecologically significant forest in central New England, and is a key headwater of the Merrimack and Connecticut rivers. The large expanse and unfragmented nature of these lands are valuable wildlife habitats.