Six Hundred Acres Protected in Strafford!


The Upper Valley Land Trust is pleased to announce the protection of over 600 scenic acres in Strafford. The property consists of two hill farms that are very much a part of the working landscape, with open fields providing hay and pasture for neighborhood cattle and horses, and productive forests contributing timber and valuable wildlife habitat near a state wildlife management area.

"Marion, Louise, Hope, Bunny, Margaret and I are pleased that the farm is now under a perpetual conservation easement. Four generations of our family have enjoyed Ames Farm to date, and we hope this love of the land will continue."  ~Loulie MauranEasement Donor

The land's agricultural legacy, undeveloped forests, and scenic character will continue to benefit the region long into the future.



Family Land Conserved in Weathersfield!


New lifetime member Sarah Wunsch donated a conservation easement on her 135 acres in Weathersfield this winter.  Mostly forested, this property encompasses a variety of habitats including a nearly 8.5 acre wetland  that was studied by the state's Natural Heritage program as well as some lovely open meadows that support Bobolink and views to Mount Ascutney. 


Sara Wunsch decided to name the property after her grandmother, Minnie Gellis, who came to the U.S. from Minsk, Russia in 1905 at age 18.  Minne lived in Claremont NH for a number of years but never resided on the conserved land.  Sarah's family has, however, owned the now conserved property since 1970.


In addition to Sarah's generosity in donating the easement,

the Weathersfield Land Preservation Association has made a
grant to UVLT to help cover the costs of this project.



These projects have helped bring the mid-fiscal year tally to over 1500 acres in ten separate tracts. 

What a great way to start the New Year!


Gathering of Conservation Commissioners

NH Laws Would Limit Towns’ Role

in Land Conservation 


Several bills that have been filed in the NH House of Representatives could have profound impacts on local land conservation and the work of Town Conservation Commissioners. 


A few of them have already been through Public Hearings and other's are up and coming on the schedule. 


Please click here to read the full story, see examples of Town Conservation Commissions' vital support of land conservation, and also to see what you can do. 


Click here for the recently updated dates and times of the hearings.

Art in the Wild Returns for 2012


Art in the Wild is a unique art camp experience brought to you by the partnership of the Upper Valley Land Trust, the AVA Gallery, and theVermont Institute of Natural Science. This program gives children a chance to explore art and nature in a distinct and special way. To read about some of last year’s adventures click here.

This year we are pleased to join in partnership with AVA and VINS to offer this camp again; and as a special thank you we are able to offer our members a discounted rate! For details of the camp and to register click here – we hope to see you this summer!

Volunteer Monitoring 101: Lesson Three -

If You’re not Sure, Don’t Make It Up


Sometimes the easiest thing to do is agree with someone.  Many people do not like confrontation, whether it harkens back to the bully from elementary school, roommates who use your stuff, or that shopper at the grocery store who just can’t understand why parking at a 45 degree angle across three spaces is, in fact, the opposite of sharing.


What does this have to do with conservation?


Well, click here to read more about Anna's discovery and contemplation of the connection between social pressure and property monitoring.


This is the second post of a series that Programs Coordinator Anna Slack is writing about her experience becoming a fully trained monitor for UVLT.  If you missed the first one you can read it here.


Course Booklet

Healthy People, Healthy Planet Discussion Groups


UVLT is pleased to sponsor these Community Conversation groups on the connections between human health and environmental health. For more information see


Groups are now underway in Upper Valley communities!


UVLT will be hosting a group at Noon starting March 15th.  For more information contact Anna Slack  You may register by clicking here and books may be purchased at the Hanover Co-op Service Desk, the cost is $15.


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