LATEST NEWS FROM PLC
Tarr Lands in Bedford & Goffstown
to Become PLC Preserve
April 2017 - Later this spring the Piscataquog Land Conservancy will take ownership of the Florence M. Tarr Wildlife Sanctuary, more than three hundred acres undeveloped forest, ponds, wetlands and streams in Bedford and Goffstown. The sanctuary was created in 1993 by lifelong Bedford resident Florence Tarr through her estate, and until now had been managed by a trust established by Mrs. Tarr. The trust is now in the process of being legally dissolved, and PLC has been working since late 2015 with the NH Attorney General’s office and the two towns to transfer ownership of the Tarr lands to PLC. Once conveyed, the property will be managed in perpetuity by PLC for wildlife habitat, natural resource protection and carefully-managed public recreation. Read the complete story in the PLC Spring Newsletter.
PLC & Brookline Partner to Protect the Nissitissit River
April 2017 - For the better part of the past year, the Piscataquog Land Conservancy has been working with the Brookline Conservation Commission and the Nissitissit River Land Trust to protect 78 acres of undeveloped land and half a mile of frontage on the Nissitissit River in Brookline. The land has been a priority of local conservationists for nearly fifty years, and the opportunity to protect the land has finally arrived. The Nissitissit project took a huge step forward on March 15th, when town voters overwhelmingly approved warrant articles funding the town’s purchase of the land, and authorizing a conservation easement to be held by PLC. Read the complete story on page 3 of the PLC Spring Newsletter.
If you walk in the woods in early spring you may see little green 'trees' breaking through the leaf litter and receding snow. Some are branched, their fan-like branches even resembling little pagodas, while others are unbranched, erect and spiky. These little trees are the other evergreens: mosses, ferns and clubmosses. As the snow melts away, and before the first leaves of Canada Mayflower, our earliest wildflower, are up extensive colonies of evergreen clubmosses will stand out in the forest. Also known as ground-cedar and creeping pine, clubmosses are among the most primitive of the vascular plants, first appearing in the fossil record around 400 million years ago. They may be tiny today, but during the Carboniferous period (some 350 million years ago) clubmosses could attain a height of 100 feet! Read the complete story on page 5 of the PLC Spring Newsletter.
Story and Photos by Gary Samuels
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 Seeks Stewardship Coordinator
May 23, 2017 - The Piscataquog Land Conservancy has an immediate opening for a part-time Stewardship Coordinator. PLC's all-volunteer easement/property monitoring program—the largest in the state—conducts annual monitoring of the 104 properties and 6,400 acres currently in our care. The primary responsibility of the Stewardship Coordinator is to provide coordination, training, and oversight for this volunteer monitoring program, as well as performing various other tasks to support the land stewardship program. See the Stewardship Coordinator Job Description for full details. Applications are due no later than Friday June 9th.
Living in Harmony:
The Richness of Poor Farm Road
Land conservation is as much about people as it is about land, water and wildlife. It is about people who love nature: perhaps its beauty, for artists are often conservationists; perhaps through fishing and hunting, hours spent alone in quiet waiting for prey; perhaps from hiking, skiing or mountain biking; perhaps through the study of biology and environmental science. It's about people who one way or another have come to understand their connection to nature and the importance of preserving what might otherwise disappear. Read the complete story on page 6 of the PLC Spring Newsletter.
Story by John McCausland
Photo by Paul Doscher
Planning the Future of Rose Mountain
April 2017 - In late 2015 PLC received a generous grant from the You Have Our Trust Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to underwrite a comprehensive forest and ecological inventory of our 189-acre Rose Mountain Preserve in Lyndeborough, and develop a property management plan for the land. The funder was especially attracted to the project because PLC was committed to developing the plan in consultation with representatives of the town and the many different recreational user groups that enjoy the Rose Mountain property and surrounding areas. Collaboration is a good thing, but it takes time. We set a timeline to inventory the property and develop the management plan during 2016, so we would be ready to begin implementation in the 2017 field season. Read the complete story on page 4 of the PLC Spring Newsletter.
Story and photo by Tom Jones, PLC Land Protection Specialist
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