Mission: The Pawtuckaway Lake Improvement Association’s mission is to monitor and act upon environmental and safety issues that affect Pawtuckaway Lake, to educate the public on the conservation, protection, and improvement of  water quality, natural shoreline, wildlife habitat, recreational resources, safety, and natural resources as they pertain to the welfare and interest of Pawtuckaway Lake.  To that end, the PLIA collaborates with conservation commissions, planning boards, state and federal entities, land trusts and other conservation organizations working to conserve or protect natural resources that have an impact on the Lamprey River watershed that includes Pawtuckaway Lake.

While this isn't the largest snapping turtle I've seen on the lake, he certainly is a contender. This turtle is around 3 feet long, snout to tail. He was enjoying one of the few sunny days we have had so far this summer. Keep an eye out for these snappers walking across your lawn or on your dirt roads. Early summer they come on shore to lay their eggs. In the State Park they have a turtle they think is 100 years old. She has been coming back to the same spot every year to lay her eggs.