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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.
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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.
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Cold temperatures and snowfall may mark the end of harvest season but here at UVLT, work with agriculture is busier than ever! Our staff is currently working with owners of ten farmland parcels encompassing hundreds of acres of our region’s best agricultural land.
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On June 14, 2023, the Paradee property, located in Orford, NH, was graciously conserved by Linda Paradee who donated a conservation easement. This parcel, situated on the banks of the Connecticut River has been in Linda's family since the 1800s.
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August is National Make-A-Will Month, a perfect opportunity to create your own will and express your vision and values. Amber Porter did. UVLT offers access to FreeWill, an online estate planning tool that can help you get started. This tool doesn’t replace the expert advice of your personal attorney -- you can use it to create a draft for review and discussion with your attorney, or if you prefer, write a simple will to execute as Amber did. August is a great time to begin!
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When friends and supporters of UVLT gather at Poverty Lane Orchard for our annual celebration on May 31, we will be joined by Rebecca Rule, a writer and storyteller who hosts Our Hometown on New Hampshire PBS.
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Last spring, with the guidance of foresters Jeff Snitkin, Eric Radlof, and Ehrhard Frost of Full Circle Forestry, LLC (FCF, LLC), UVLT began a project designed to seed a future forest at our Up On the Hill Conservation Area in Charlestown. The forestry team evaluated an area that was harvested several decades ago, which involved removing the majority of the valuable trees. The remaining trees lacked timber quality and vigor: trees were defective, primarily small in diameter, and lacking in sufficient crown area. The FCF foresters recommended seeding the future forest by using several regeneration methods.
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One of UVLT’s most complex conservation transactions is also one of our earliest – a project that brought together farmland conservation and affordable housing development. The Farrell Farm project, begun in 1988, involved the purchase of conservation easements and land, innovative financing including a grant and loan from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, subdivisions, Vermont Act 250 permits, and strong leadership and vision from Norwich residents. In the middle of all of this was Lois McGean, then chair of the Norwich Conservation Commission.
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When Ruth Shumway conserved her Hartland farm in 1990, she was a third-generation farmer who had been farming on her own for more than a decade. Born in 1933, Ruth attended North Hartland elementary schools and graduated from Hartford High School in 1951. She lived in New York state for four years before returning to North Hartland and joining her parents as a partner on the Green Acres dairy farm.
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Maples are some of our region’s most beloved trees. Living…