Welcome!In 1969, a group of neighbors created the Piscataquog Watershed Association (PWA) to protect critical land along the Piscataquog River. Now the Piscataquog Land Conservancy (PLC), that legacy has grown to include more than 6,200 acres on 103 conservation tracts.
Improving Brook Trout Habitat
May 2016 - Eastern Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) have been native residents of our Piscataquog watershed since the departure of the last glaciers, but the fish was nearly extirpated during the 19th century by land clearing, dams, and water pollution. Even so, this extraordinary wild fish managed to hang on in tiny headwaters streams where the land was too steep and rocky to farm, graze or log. As the Piscataquog watershed has reforested over the past century, brook trout have returned to more of their historic steams somewhat but survival remains a struggle. As the owner of properties that contain native trout streams, is there anything PLC do to help bring brook trout survive and thrive? Read the full story in PLC's Spring 2016 Newsletter.
PLC Spring Newsletter
April 2016 - PLC's Spring 2016 newsletter is hot off the presses! Read it in full color here: PLC Spring 2016 Newsletter. The spring issue is generously underwritten by Marianna Vis of the Bean Group - thank you! The PLC newsletter is designed by Cindy Stave of Weber Stave Design. Visit Weber Stave at www.weberstave.com.
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Black Brook Conservation Project Completed in Goffstown
June 22, 2016 – The Piscataquog Land Conservancy and Town of Goffstown have completed the protection of 101 acres of undeveloped land in the northeast corner of town that includes half a mile of frontage on Black Brook, extensive wetlands and beaver ponds, and prime wildlife habitat. Located between Black Brook and Montelona Roads, the land abuts PLC's 126-exisitng Blackbriar Woods Preserve, and will be managed by PLC subject to a conservation easement held by the town. The land will be open to the public for recreation, including hunting and fishing. Read the press release: PLC Black Brook Completed PR 6-22-16.pdf
The Pasture Tree of Melvin Farm
By Dave Butler
April 2016 - One of my responsibilities as a PLC land monitor is to walk the boundaries of the PLC Melvin Farm conservation easement in Weare. When I first walked the property in 2011, I discovered an enormous old sugar maple growing in the forest. The tree is the largest I have found on the twenty-acre property, and is one of the highlights of my annual visit. Even if I didn’t know the history of the property, the tree’s size and shape tell me it lives in a forest which was once a farm.
How do I know? There are several clues which indicate that the area where the tree resides was once pasture. Read the full story in the PLC Spring 2016 Newsletter.
Bobcat Hunting Proposal Dropped
On April 13th, the New Hampshire Fish & Game Commission formally withdrew its proposal to reopen the hunting and trapping of bobcats in New Hampshire. PLC is gratified by this decision, as we believed that the protection of the cats should continue. Huge thanks to all our members who took the time to weigh in on the issue over the past year. It took a long time for the message to get through, but ultimately it did. Thanks also to the members of the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR), whose vote to reject the proposed rules for a hunting and trapping season brought about this final result.
Enhanced Tax Incentive for Easement Donations
April 2016 - The vast majority of the land and conservation easements held by the Piscataquog Land Conservancy have come to us through donations by private individuals and families. While the primary motivation for anyone giving land or an easement to PLC is to protect a place they love in perpetuity, there can also be significant federal income tax benefits. The value of land or a conservation easement donated to a non-profit land trust like PLC is treated as a charitable contribution by the IRS, and is deductible from taxable income. Thanks to concerted lobbying by the national Land Trust Alliance, the tax deduction for donated conservation easements has become more generous in recent years. Read the full story in the PLC Spring 2016 Newsletter.