Expanding a Commitment to Permanence

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Nearly 20 years ago, Charlotte Metcalf began conserving farm…

The Right Thing to Do

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Mark Hooper wrote to the Cornish Conservation Commission late last fall explaining that he’d decided to conserve his land “simply because it seemed like the right thing to do.” Mark’s grandmother’s family (the Hildreths) had been granted about 300 acres in the late 1700’s — land that stretched from the Connecticut River to Blow-Me-Down Brook in the northwest corner of Cornish.

A Wild Goose Chase

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When Lynn Freeman and Peter Martin bought their Plainfield property in 1988, their neighbors were eager to advocate for its conservation because it sits in one of the region’s largest areas of unbroken forest. There are numerous streams, wetlands, and vernal pools -- all important resources for amphibians and other wildlife. Red oak, white pine, hemlock and maple grow on high, gentle slopes far from roads and other intrusions. And now, 35 years later, they have donated a conservation easement protecting over 380 acres, fulfilling the hopes of local conservationists and their own commitment to the health of their land and the planet.

A Part of the Whole at Bear Pond Natural Area

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Len Reitsma has donated a 7.5-acre inholding sandwiched between the Bear Pond Natural Area and the Mascoma State Forest in Canaan – over 1100 acres in total.

“This Land Belongs to Vermont, not the Andruses”

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The 140 acre Andrus property in Strafford is mostly forest land…

Land for Farming

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Edgewater Farm, of Plainfield, NH is no stranger to conservation…

Two Newport Properties Protected

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At the northern end of Newport, just along the border with Croyden,…

Vermont Alpine Farm in Reading Protected Forever

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High in the mountains, in a part of Reading known as the “Vermont…

Putnam Farms Hunter Meadow Conserved

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Putnam Farms Inc started as a small, family farm in 1924 by Ellsworth and Ethel Putnam with just 15-20 milk cows. Almost 100 years later it’s one of the largest dairy farms in the Upper Valley.

Stonehouse Mountain Protected!

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Stonehouse Mountain sits just north of the Orford/Lyme town line, a bit west of bigger and more recognizable mountains: Mount Cube and Smarts Mountain.