TO CONSERVE the natural and scenic landscapes of the Piscataquog, Souhegan and Nashua River watershed communities of 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 and Wilton.
Chris Wells, Executive Director
Chris Wells joined PLC in August 2014. Previously he was on the staff of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests where from 2002 to 2010 he served as the Society's Director of Policy. In this capacity he spent much time at the NH Legislature and working with the NH Congressional delegation. In 2010 Chris became the Society's Senior Director of Strategic Projects, with responsibility for the design, funding and implementation of the group's regional land conservation strategies. In this role he led the Quabbin-to-Cardigan Partnership, a public-private collaborative for land protection in western New Hampshire. Most recently he led the development of an ambitious new conservation plan for the Merrimack watershed of NH and MA, of which our the Piscataquog watershed is a key part.
Tom Jones: Land Protection Specialist
Tom joined our staff in July 2014, and it is with pride that we welcome him. As Land Protection Specialist he heads up PLC's new projects, including identification of new easements and purchases, project development and real estate transactions.
Tom has a BS & MS from University of Georgia, in agriculture and soil microbiology. His post-graduate and professional work include wetland ecology and environmental sciences. He comes to us from the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund, providing state-wide funding of land acquisitions for natural resource protection.
Chris Borg, Stewardship Coordinator
Chris is a conservation biologist and naturalist who grew up in central New Jersey, witnessing firsthand the suburbanization of his childhood haunts. Those early experiences set the foundation for his present work. He holds a B.S. in wildlife biology from Unity College in Maine and an M.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology from New Mexico State University. Over the last ten years, he has contributed to the protection of more than 35,000 acres spanning a range of natural communities from Florida to New Hampshire. Chris most recently worked with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, but feels more at home in a smaller regional land trust, such as PLC, where he can really “spread his wings.” He looks forward to meeting many PLC Supporters while leading impromptu bird walks or visiting conservation land throughout the region.
Donna Seidel, Development Coordinator
With a college degree in computer science, extensive experience working in small teams, and experience supporting non-profit organizations, Donna contributes in myriad ways to the PLC's success. In her professional life, Donna has always enjoyed being responsible for many different tasks, especially when working for small companies as part of a close team - each pitching in where needed. This certainly describes the PLC! Donna lives in New Boston with her husband Eric, and their children, Ellen and Henry.
Joslin Bennett, Henniker
Joslin is currently a stay-at-home mom. She worked from 2010 to 2015 as a Conservation Easement Steward at the Society for Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Before joining the Forest Society, Joslin had worked nearly ten years as an educator both in the classroom and outdoors. 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.
Mike Boyko, Weare
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.
Jess Charpentier, Henniker
Jess has over a decade of experience working for land conservation in NH. Most recently, she worked at the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) where she completed important conservation projects in partnership with towns, land trusts, and agencies statewide. Prior to her tenure at LCHIP, Jess worked at the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust as Land Protection Specialist. She holds a MS in Resource Management and Conservation from Antioch University, and is currently finishing her PhD in Forestry. She is researching the use and effectiveness of prescribed fire as a biodiversity management tool in New England.
Paul Doscher, Weare -- Immediate Past Chair
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.
Aaron Gill, Deering
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.
Ted Graham, Francestown -- Vice Chair
Ted is a retired electrical engineer with degrees from MIT and Carnegie Mellon. Ted’s professional career included serving as the Water Resources Program Director at the Metro Washington Council of Governments in Washington, D.C., and as the Director of the Department of Environmental Protection, Montgomery County, Maryland. Over the course of his career, Ted spent more than 35 years planning, implementing, and managing water, wastewater, and stormwater programs. In addition to his service with PLC, Ted serves on the boards of the Francestown Land Trust (NH), and the American Chestnut Land Trust in Calvert County, Maryland.
Ben Haubrich, Francestown
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). He is currently an active volunteer for PLC, the Harris Center for Conservation Education, Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests, 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. He’s kept up with the training by attending The Land Trust Alliance’s Rally & regional workshops and the annual Saving Special Places workshops. Ben has volunteered writing easement baseline reports and monitoring lands for the PLC since 2004.
Gary Samuels, Deering
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.
Jim Shirley, Goffstown -- Secretary
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 30 years. Over time, he has increasingly focused on matters involving commercial disputes, professional negligence, product liability, toxic torts, real estate and insurance coverage. Jim’s wife Sara now runs a produce farm (shirleyfarm.org) 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.
Martha Sunderland, Henniker -- Chair
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.
Marilyn Taylor, New Boston
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.
Bill Tucker, Goffstown -- Treasurer
Bill is a partner in the Manchester, NH law firm of Wadleigh, Starr and Peters. PLLC. Bill concentrates his practice on tax-exempt financing transactions, land use and zoning, and commercial real estate transactions. He has served as counsel to borrowers, purchasers, and issuers in connection with the issuance of over a billion dollars in tax-exempt bond financings. In addition to serving as general counsel to the New Hampshire Health and Education Facilities Authority, Bill has represented a wide range of borrowers, including schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, and nursing care facilities throughout the state. Bill also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Society for the Protection of NH Forests and a number of other charitable organizations. He and his wife live in Goffstown.
Eugene Van Loan, Bedford
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.
Joshua Young, New Boston
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.
Towns We Serve
The Piscataquog Land Conservancy (PLC) works to protect land in the following communities in the Piscataquog, Souhegan and Nashua River watersheds of southern New Hampshire:
- Mont Vernon
- New Boston
- New Ipswich