PLC Service Area

Founded in 1970

The Piscataquog Land Conservancy (PLC) is a private, non-profit land conservation organization dedicated to conserving the land, water and wildlife of twenty-three communities in the Merrimack valley of southern New Hampshire.  Comprising just 8% of the state’s land area, the towns and cities we serve are home to 28% of New Hampshire’s people.  As of July 1, 2017, PLC held interests in 106 properties totaling nearly 6,900 acres of land.  We have a professional staff of four, and more than fifty local volunteer property monitors.  PLC’s modest annual operating budget is funded almost entirely by the private contributions of individuals, families and businesses in our watershed communities.  In 2017 PLC was awarded national land trust accreditation, a mark of distinction for private land trusts in the United States.


Towns We Serve

Amherst, Bedford, Brookline, Deering, Dunbarton, Francestown, Goffstown, Greenfield, Greenville, Henniker, Hollis, Lyndeborough, Manchester, Mason, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Nashua, New Boston, New Ipswich, Temple, Weare, Wilton




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PLC Staff


Chris Wells

President / Executive Director

Chris joined PLC as executive director in 2014, and has more than two decades of experience in land conservation.  He is responsible for day-to-day leadership and administration of the organization, plus outreach, communications, development and advocacy.

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Tom Jones

Land Protection Specialist

Tom joined the PLC staff in July 2014. As Land Protection Specialist he heads up PLC’s new projects, including identification of new easements and purchases, project development and real estate transactions. 

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Donna Seidel

Development Coordinator

Donna joined the PLC staff in October 2013 as Development Coordinator managing the PLC membership database and processing donations. In addition now, Donna is responsible for the digital communications to the PLC membership.

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Jordan Bailey

Stewardship Coordinator

Jordan joined our staff in September 2017, and is eager to be a part of the PLC team.  As Stewardship Coordinator,  she coordinates 50 land monitor volunteers to ensure that over 100 PLC owned and/or managed properties are monitored annually. 

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Board of Trustees


Martha is a woodworker by trade, and owns her own business, Favour Valley Woodworking. A familiar face to those who frequent Farmers Markets, Martha specializes in hand made wooden buttons, accessories, garden furnishings, and custom furniture. Both personally and as a member and past chair of the Henniker Conservation Commission, Martha has been directly involved with many conservation projects. In fact, her family has placed nearly 300 acres under conservation with the PLC. Martha holds a MS in Resource Management and Administration from Antioch and a BS in Environmental Studies from UNH. Martha lives in Henniker.
Jim and his family are easement donors and own a farm and forest in Goffstown, NH that has been in the family for generations. He is an attorney and partner in the law firm of Sheehan, Phinney, Bass and Green, PA. Jim has tried cases in state and federal court in New Hampshire, as well as in neighboring jurisdictions, for over 40 years. Jim’s wife Sara now runs a produce farm ( on the land using the community-supported agriculture model, whereby 35 families share in the benefits and risks, keeping their spending local and greatly cutting food transport. Shirley Farm is one the very few Bicentennial Farms in New Hampshire, meaning it’s been in production by the same family since before the U.S. Constitution was written.
Aaron is a Commercial Loan Portfolio Manager at Lake Sunapee Bank, a Deering, NH Selectman, and serves on several local Boards and committees centered in community and the outdoors. He lives in Deering with his husband Rob Girard where he enjoys perennial gardening and gentleman farming.
Mike is a retired manager from Verizon. Before joining the PLC board in 2015, Mike served (and still serves) as an easement monitor and member of PLC’s Stewardship Committee. In addition to his volunteer service to PLC, Mike has served on the Town of Weare Open Space Committee, and donates his time to the U.S. Forest Service as a trail adopter. Mike was named PLC's Volunteer of the Year in 2014.
Paul is the former vice president for land conservation at the Society for the Protection of NH Forests, where he worked for 27 years. He was the staff team leader for the Society’s accreditation preparation and application. He retired from the Forest Society in 2014. Paul is a frequent presenter at the Land Trust Alliance rally and LTA webinars and co-author in the LTA Standards and Practices Curriculum. He currently serves on the LTA Standards and Practices Review Team. Prior to joining the Forest Society he was professor of environmental science at New England College and architect. He is an owner of a small certified Tree Farm and Christmas Tree farm that is protected by a conservation easement.


Joslin is currently an adjunct professor at New England College. Before teaching at NEC she worked from 2010 to 2015 as a Conservation Easement Steward at the Society for Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Prior to joining the Forest Society, Joslin was a classroom teacher and outdoor educator with the Appalachian Mountain Club and Solo Wilderness Medicine. Joslin holds a bachelors in Environmental Earth Science from Johns Hopkins University, and a masters in Forestry from the University of Montana. She has also done a tour as a Peace Corps Forestry Volunteer on Niue Island in the South Pacific.

Jess currently works for the National Park Service and Center for Spatial Analysis and Remote Sensing at Antioch University. She worked from 2011-14 as the Natural Resource Specialist at the NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), where she worked with towns, land trusts, and agencies statewide on land conservation projects. Prior to her tenure at LCHIP, Jess worked from 2004-2011 as a land protection specialist at the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust (NH). She holds a MS in Resource Management and Conservation from Antioch University New England, and currently is finishing up her PhD in Forestry at Antioch - where she is researching the use and effectiveness of prescribed fire as a biodiversity management tool in New England.

Ben has a B.S. in Park Administration and retired from the N. H. Division of Parks & Recreation after a 32 year career serving as park manager (Monadnock State Park), region supervisor and Director of Recreation Services (which included administering the federal Land & Water conservation fund). Ben has volunteered for the PLC since 2004, and was our Volunteer of the Year in 2015. Ben also volunteers with the Harris Center for Conservation Education, Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests (Volunteer of the Year 2016), the Monadnock Conservancy, the Francestown Conservation Commission and the N.H. Coverts program. He serves as board member and volunteer land manager for the Francestown Land Trust, tending the trust’s 580-acre Rand Brook Forest and other owned and easement properties.

Gary has been a member of the PLC Land Protection Committee for the past two years. He is a member of the Piscatquog River Local Advisory Committee, the Deering Conservation Commission and the Deering Budget Advisory Committee. He is also a trustee of the Deering Public Library. He retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2010, where he was a research mycologist who explored in tropical countries in the Americas and West Africa in search of microbes that could be used in the control of fungal diseases of cacao. He and his wife Patty have lived in Deering since 2011.

Marilyn first came to New Boston in the summer of 1977, on a weekend date with Brainerd Taylor, and they married shortly thereafter. The Taylor cabin at the top of South Hill has been a special place for five generations of the family, which now includes Marilyn's two children and three grandchildren. Marilyn’s career includes more than three decades as architect, planner, partner and chairman of the design firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill where she led projects involving airports, railroads and transit systems, city districts, university campuses and public spaces in cities and landscapes around the world. Eight years ago, she left practice to become Dean of the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania; having completed that term, she is now Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, leading studios advancing the critical role design plays in addressing physical, societal and environmental challenges. Her New Boston home is an 1820's farmhouse which she has been joyfully restored with the help of great local craftsmen.

Gene is a semi-retired lawyer associated with the firm of Wadleigh, Starr & Peters in Manchester. He is a life-long resident of Bedford, where he served for about 25 years as Town Moderator and School Moderator. In 2000, he and his siblings donated a conservation easement over 65 acres of family land to the Bedford Land Trust. He formerly served on the Board of the Bedford Land Trust and was chairman of the boards of NH Easter Seal, Greater Manchester Mental Health, Yale Club of NH, among others. Mr. Van Loan is presently a member of the board of the Office of Public Guardian and the NH Supreme Court Society. He is a founder of the Amoskeag Rowing Club and actively rows, bikes, skis and golfs.

Josh has been serving on the Development Committee of the PLC for several years. Until he took early retirement he was a personal trust and investments banker with State Street, Shawmut and other banks. His 20-year second career was as a major gift officer for Tufts University School of Medicine. Josh now serves on the Board of Advisors for the medical school. He and his wife Hollis have had a home in New Boston on the corner of Gregg Mill and Lull roads since 1972. They have two grown sons, Joshua and Andrew. Josh is continues to consult on fund raising and enjoys gardening with his wife.


Marden Easement - New Boston, NH