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After more than a year of intense preparation, in early August the Piscataquog Land Conservancy was awarded first-time national Land Trust Accreditation. The accreditation program independently verifies that land trusts are operating in accordance with national standards and practices set by the Land Trust Alliance (LTA). The Accredited Land Trust seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation, assuring our members, partners and the public that we have undergone extensive external review of the governance and management of our organization, and the systems and policies we use to protect land.
The application process for accreditation required extensive documentation and a significant commitment of time and money by PLC. A team of board members and staff led by PLC Board vice chair Ted Graham prepared the application and supporting materials that totaled over 1,000 pages! In a rigorous review process, the Accreditation Commission, an independent program of LTA established in 2006, examined our application and evaluated multiple sources of information, including comments from the public.
After almost 47 years of conserving land, PLC is immensely proud to receive this national “seal of approval."
First Phase of Nissitissit Project Complete
On July 19th the Town of Brookline completed its purchase of two properties totaling 75 acres along the Nissitissit River, and the simultaneous donation of a conservation easement on the land to the Piscataquog Land Conservancy. Acquiring the parcels had been a priority of local conservationists for nearly fifty years, and Brookline residents voted overwhelmingly in March to approve an $800,000 town bond to fund the purchase. For PLC, the Nissitissit project was significant both on its conservation merits, and as our first completed project in our expanded service area.
At the July closing, PLC Executive Director Chris Wells said “PLC is proud to have been the Brookline's partner in protecting this special place. The Brookline Conservation Commission did a truly incredible job pulling the land purchase together, and the Nissitissit River Land Trust played a crucial role as an advocate and major funder. We are also grateful to the many local residents, businesses and foundations who together contributed over $170,000 through PLC for the project.”
Brookline Conservation Commission member Drew Kellner said “working with PLC was essential to accomplishing such a large project, as we are an all-volunteer board. The commission members have lots of drive and passion, but the technical expertise PLC provided was instrumental in developing the conservation easement and to our successful fundraising.”
To learn more about the Nissitissit River project, read the complete story on page 1 of the PLC Fall Newsletter.
Stewardship Staff Transitions
PLC said goodbye -- and hello --- to two great people as we headed into the fall. First we bid a fond farewell to Chris Borg (right), who joined PLC's staff in 2013. After serving as our part-time stewardship coordinator for three years while working on his masters of education, Chris has started a new career as a high school science teacher. Congratulations Chris, we'll miss you, and thank you for your great work! We were also very happy to greet Chris' replacement as PLC's Stewardship Coordinator - Jordan Bailey (left) of Brookline, NH. Jordan has a deep resume in natural resources science and management, and is a very active member of the Brookline Conservation Commission. Jordan can be found in the PLC office 9-2 Monday-Thursday. Come by and say hi!
Upcoming Timber Harvest at Tuthill
This winter PLC will be carrying out a timber harvest at our Tuthill Woodlands of Preserve in New Boston. The 195-acre the preserve is one of PLC’s single largest land ownerships, and also one of the best suited to forest management. At the time of PLC’s purchase of the property from the Tuthill family in 2003, we knew that the land had been thoughtfully managed to grow timber, and that forestry was something we would want to continue on the land. Our fact sheet about the Tuthill project at the time said PLC (then PWA) intended to “manage it for timber, guided by sustainable forestry practices, wildlife needs, and protection of historic resources, water quality, and other resource values on the property.”
To learn more about the upcoming Tuthill timber harvest, read the complete story on page 7 of the PLC Fall Newsletter.
PLC’s Annual Meeting is November 4th
Save the date! PLC’s 47th Annual Meeting will be on Saturday, November 4th from 4PM - 7PM at the newly-renovated Old Town Hall in Francestown. Join us to review PLC’s achievements of the past year, do a little business, and enjoy catching up with your fellow PLC board members. This year’s guest speaker is Jess Charpentier, who will talk about using prescribed fire as a land management tool in New England. The event is free, but let us know you’re coming by registering at www.plcnh.org.
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.
PLC Takes Ownership of Tarr Wildlife Sanctuary
Culminating years of effort by many people, on June 23rd the Piscataquog Land Conservancy took title to 332 acres of undeveloped forest, ponds, wetlands and streams in Bedford and Goffstown formerly held by the Florence Tarr Trust. Under PLC ownership, the land will forever be known as the Florence M. Tarr Wildlife Sanctuary, in honor of the lifelong Bedford resident who originally created the sanctuary in 1993 through her estate. The land will be managed by PLC for wildlife habitat, natural resource protection and carefully-managed public recreation.
To learn more about the Tarr Sanctuary, read the page one story in the PLC Spring Newsletter.
If you have questions about the Sanctuary, recreational "do's and don'ts," or want to volunteer to help us take care of the property, call PLC Executive Director Chris Wells at 487-3331.
See a map of the Tarr Sanctuary here
Read our September 2017 letter to neighbors here
Linking Land in Lyndeborough
On June 23rd PLC signed purchase and sale agreements on two properties in Lyndeborough totaling ninety acres. If successfully protected, the parcels will be key additions to the mosaic of conservation land straddling Lyndeborough, New Boston and Francestown. The properties would connect over 1,500 acres of existing conservation property, including more than 300 acres of abutting or close-by PLC properties. Between now and the end of 2017, PLC will be working to raise nearly $300,000 in public and private funds to purchase the parcels from their current owner, the Charles A. Proctor Trust.
Read the complete story on page 1 of the PLC Summer Newsletter.
Read Sept. 24th Union Leader article about the Proctor project HERE
Rose Mountain Rumble Rolls On
On Saturday, August 26th more than one hundred cyclists from our region and around New England rode in PLC’s third-annual Rose Mountain Rumble benefit ride. About a third of this year’s riders had ridden the Rumble before; the rest were new to the ride and to PLC. Riders once again had their choice of multiple routes following the scenic dirt roads of Lyndeborough, Francestown, Greenfield, Mont Vernon, New Boston and Weare. To everyone who came from near and far to ride the Rumble -- THANK YOU! Huge thanks to RMR masterminds Kris Henry, Doria Harris and Doug Powers, and everyone who volunteered on ride day. Big thanks also to our event sponsors Airmar Technologies of Milford and White Home Collections of Wilton for their generous support, our pre-ride wrench Anthony Palermo, and the Wilton/Lyndeborough Women’s Club for taking their already legendary lunch to the next level. Thank you to everyone at the Town of Lyndeborough for making Center Hall available again for the event. We’ll be rumbling again next year on Saturday August 25th, 2018 so mark your calendars!
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The Best Lobster Ever
On Labor Day, September 4th, about 120 PLC members and friends gathered for our 9th annual Lobster by the River fundraiser at Parker Mill in New Boston. With good company and perfect weather, this year’s lobster bake on the banks of the Piscataquog might just have been our best yet. Big thanks to PLC Trustee and head lobster cook Bill “Tuck” Tucker (pictured) and to Gail and Randy Parker for once again hosting us on their beautiful riverfront property. Another huge thank you to our business underwriters, Jennifer Carleton at RBC Wealth Management in Concord, for her longtime and incredibly generous support of the event, and to local realtor extraordinaire Marianna Vis for bringing so many new people to the party! Finally, thanks to PLC’s Donna Seidel and the volunteers who made the event a big success: Betsy Holmes, Kelly and Kevin Kennerson, Eric Seidel and Andrew Smerekanicz.