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 Summer Newsletter
July 2016 - PLC's Summer newsletter is hot off the presses! Read it in full color here: PLC Summer 2016 Newsletter. The summer issue is generously underwritten by Summit Computer Services of Weare - thank you!The PLC newsletter is designed by Cindy Stave of Weber Stave Design. Visit Weber Stave at www.weberstave.com.
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
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PLC Expands Conservation Area in Weare
In April, the Piscataquog Land Conservancy completed the expansion of the Grant Family Farm Conservation Area in Weare. A 52- acre parcel owned by the family was added to an existing 20-acre conservation easement completed with PLC in 2010. When combined with PLC’s abutting 114-acre Walker conservation easement, the newly-expanded conservation property protects nearly all of Mt. Dearborn. Read the full story in the PLC Spring 2016 Newsletter.
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.
COMMENT PERIOD OPEN for PLC's Application for Land Trust Accreditation
On September 23rd, the Piscataquog Land Conservancy will be submitting its full application for national land trust accreditation, a program that provides independent verification that land conservation organizations are meeting national quality standards. The process is conducted by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission (LTAC), an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, which conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. A public comment period on PLC’s application is currently open.
The LTAC invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Piscataquog Land Conservancycomplies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/help-and-resources/indicator-practices.
To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org, or email your comment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 112 Spring Street, Suite 204, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Comments onPiscataquog Land Conservancy’s application will be most useful by November 11th, 2016.
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.