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 Working to Protect 227 Acres in Amherst
April 2016 - In PLC’s first land protection project in our newly-expanded service area, we are working with the town of Amherst to conserve 227 acres of undeveloped land that overlie one of the town’s highest-yielding groundwater aquifers, and provide recharge to nearby residential drinking water wells. On March 8th, Amherst residents voted overwhelmingly to approve a $450,000 town appropriation for the purchase.
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Located about a mile southeast of Amherst village, the land came to the attention of the town’s Conservation Commission in late December 2015, when they learned the property was on the market, and a bidding process was slated to begin in mid-January. Knowing that PLC had just expanded our service area to serve towns in the Souhegan Valley, the Commission reached out to see if we could investigate the opportunity. Read the full story in the PLC Spring 2016 Newsletter.
Finke Family Protects Land in Goffstown
March 2016 - On February, 22nd, Tim and Carrie Finke donated a conservation easement to PLC on 59 acres of their land in northeast Goffstown. PLC salutes the Finke family for their generosity and conservation ethic! Thanks also to the Town of Goffstown and the Merrimack Conservation Partnership for funding the transaction expenses and stewardship contribution on the project. For more on the Finke easement, see article in the PLC Winter 2015 Newsletter.
Photo: After closing the easment at Goffstown Town Hall. From left: David Nieman, Goffstown CC, Jean Walker, Goffstown CC, Mark Dunn, Esq., the Finke family, Tom Jones, PLC.
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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.
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.
New Forestry Plan for PLC’s Tuthill Preserve
March 2016 - Last fall, PLC commissioned a full forest inventory and ten-year management plan for the Tuthill Preserve that will give us the detailed guidance we need to sustainably harvest timber according to these conservation principles. The work was done by licensed foresters from TEMCO, a division of Meadowsend Timberlands, who have extensive expertise in timber management on conserved properties. Read the full story in the PLC Winter 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.