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.
2015 Gordon A. Russell Award & Scholarship
Applications Due April 1
Gordon Russell of New Boston is a PLC co-founder who has worked for decades to instill a passion for the environment in our area’s young people. To honor his work, in 2007 PLC established the Gordon A. Russell Award. The award has been given annually to a student, educator or volunteer with a demonstrated commitment to getting young people engaged in the environment. For 2015, PLC and Mr. Russell are revamping the award to focus on high school students, and the award will now come with a $1,000 scholarship for the recipient. Any student who is currently enrolled in one of the public high schools serving the Piscataquog watershed towns can apply for the award. Mr. Russell has formed an award committee comprised of PLC members, which will interview finalists and select the award-winning student. Application materials are available here: 2015 GRA Application. Completed applications are due April 1, 2015. The winner will be announced in June.
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We have been hearing from our members in recent weeks about the possible re-opening of a hunting/trapping season for bobcats in New Hampshire. The hunting of the cats was closed in 1989 due to a dwindling numbers of animals, but the population has recovered significantly in recent years. Last month the NH Fish and Game Department was asked by the Fish and Game Commission (the volunteer advisory group that oversees the Department) to develop a proposal for a re-established hunting/trapping season. We have collected some links below to help PLC members learn more about the issue, and weigh in on the Fish and Game process. We want to hear your comments too!
Lyndeborough: Plan may save Rose Mountain summit
Read David Brooks' story in the Nashua Telegraph on PLC's Rose Mountain Project
PLC Launches Campaign to Conserve Rose Mountain
PLC is very happy to announce that we have signed an agreement to purchase a 189-acre privately-owned property that encompasses the summit of Rose Mountain in Lyndeborough. Protecting the mountain has long been on the wish-list of conservationists in our area, and now this goal is in reach. PLC has until the end of this year to raise $170,000 and complete the purchase from the current owner. If we are successful, the summit of this well-loved local mountain will be protected forever as a PLC-managed preserve.
Rose Mountain is part of the “Lyndeborough Hills,” which also include Lyndeborough Mountain, The Pinnacle and Winn Mountain. Rose Mountain’s 1,730-foot summit offers views (or potential views) west to Crotched Mountain, Pack and North Pack, and Mount Monadnock, south into the Souhegan River Valley, north to Kearsarge-Sunapee region, and east across the entire Piscataquog River watershed all the way to Manchester. Rose Mountain itself is visible from high points throughout the region.
Like many of the hills in our area, the summit of Rose Mountain was once entirely open due to regular burning for blueberry cultivation (the practice was common into the 1970s). To this day, the blueberries on the summit are worth the trip in season. If PLC is successful in protecting the property, we hope to do some limited cutting on the immediate summit to reopen full 360-degree views.
A number of hiking trails and old woods roads run across the Rose Mountain property, making for an easy hike to the summit, and connecting to other trails to the Pinnacle and Winn Mountain. The trails also see lots of winter use by cross-country skiiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers. One big downside of the mountain’s relatively easy access is that several sections of trail have been badly eroded by off-road wheeled vehicles. Some of the money PLC needs to raise for the project is to fund trail repair and stabilization work, and to control future wheeled vehicle access.
These stewardship costs, plus the purchase price of the land, and transaction expenses (appraisal, survey, etc.) will require PLC to raise about $170,000 by this fall so we are ready to close by the end of 2015. We have already secured generous early support from the McIninch Foundation, the Samuel P. Hunt Foundation and the Quabbin-to-Cardigan Partnership (thank you!) We will be applying to the state’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) and additional private foundations over the next few months. But even if all these funding sources come though, we will need the help of PLC members and people throughout the area to get us over the finish line. The Rose Mountain project has been a long time coming, but we are finally at the starting gate. Ready, set, go!
Contributions to the Rose Mountain Campaign can be made by check or secure online donation using the "Support Us/Donate" tab of this website. Checks should be made payable to the Piscataquog Land Conservancy, and please include "Rose Mountain" in the memo line. Look for updates on the Rose Mountain project in future issues of the PLC newsletter, as well as our website and Facebook page. We will be running our first public hike to the property on Saturday May 2nd. You can register using the "Upcoming Events" tab of this website.
Read PLC's Spring Newsletter
PLC's spring newsletter is hot off the presses! Read it -- in full color -- here: PLC Spring 2015 Newsletter.
It’s Finally Spring – Let’s Go Outside!
Chris Wells, PLC President/Executive Director
"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." -- Hal Borland
Snowbound. That’s the only way to describe our corner of the world the past few months. But spring really is here! Thanks to a remarkable group of volunteer trip leaders, PLC is offering a very full calendar of fun and educational walks over the next three months. On the first full day of spring, we will be running an animal tracking walk in New Boston (we were going to do it in February but the snow was too deep!) The following afternoon we'll be leading a maple sugaring walk and tour in Weare. In early April we’ll explore vernal pools with St. Anselm professor Barry Wicklow. Mid-month we’ll offer two small-group walks on back-to-back weekends with well-known trail guide and PLC co-founder Gordon Russell. At the end of April, we’ll learn to fly-fish with PLC and Trout Unlimited. As the days keep getting longer and warmer in May, we’ll be out mid-month for some dawn birding, and walking and learning about spring wildflowers the following weekend. We hope you will join us for one, some or all these outdoor events. While protecting land is what PLC is all about, getting outside ON the land we protect together is the fun part! All PLC outdoor events are free and open to members and non-members alike. Registration is required, but it’s easy: just visit www.plcnh.org. Some of our trips have to be scheduled on short notice because they depend on specific conditions – think sap running, frog eggs hatching, etc. – so look out for email alerts and watch our website and Facebook page. Yay spring!