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 nearly 6,000 acres on 100 conservation tracts.
Meet Our New Board Members
From left to right: Jess Charpentier, Ben Haubrich and Joslin Bennet
Elected at this year's annual meeting, we are proud to welcome these accomplished and energetic board members.
Joslin works as a Conservation Easement Steward at the Society for Protection of New Hampshire Forests. She came to the Forest Society after approximately 10 years as an educator both in the classroom and in the great out of doors. Joslin graduated with a bachelor’s in Environmental Earth Science from Johns Hopkins University only to go traipsing off around the world to be a Peace Corps Forestry Volunteer on Niue Island in the South Pacific. Upon returning to the states she realized she had a lot to learn about forestry so she went back for a master’s in forestry from the University of Montana. Since then she’s put her masters to work for both the Forest Service and the Nature Conservancy. Since joining the Forest Society in 2010 Joslin has gotten married, built a house out of wood she and her husband milled from family land and had a daughter, Maggie. When not at work you can find Joslin, Ross and Maggie playing outside.
Jess comes to PLC from the NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), where she worked directly with the towns, land trusts, and agencies statewide on important conservation projects. Prior to LCHIP, Jess worked both in the federal and non-profit sectors in northern NH, and has 10 years experience as land trust staff. She holds a MS in Resource Management and Conservation, and currently is finishing her PhD in community resiliency - where she is researching the use and effectiveness of prescribed fire as a biodiversity management tool in New England. Jess is a NH native, and has a strong land conservation ethic and drive to protect working forests and farmlands, and preserve recreational opportunities for future generations.
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.
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