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.
You Came, You Saw, You Rumbled.
On Saturday August 29th, 33 riders participated in PLC’s first annual Rose Mountain Rumble, circumnavigating Rose Mountain on the back roads of Lyndeborough, Francestown, New Boston and Greenfield. Afterwards riders and volunteers relaxed at Lyndeborough’s old town hall for a delicious homemade lunch prepared by the Wilton-Lyndeborough Women’s Club. Huge thanks to everyone who came out to ride the Rumble -- you make it a success both as a ride and as a fundraiser for the Rose Mountain project. Big thanks also to our business sponsors Airmar Technology, HPM Insurance and WTB Tires, and to everyone at the Town of Lyndeborough for hosting the event and Lyndeborough Police Chief Deware for helping us keep everybody safe out on the roads. Thanks to “bike whisperer” mechanic James McDonough for being our volunteer wrench for the event, and to DadoPrint for cutting us a break on the ride tee-shirts! Above all, the Rose Mountain Rumble would never have happened without the vision, talents and hard work of Doria and Doug Powers and Kris Henry of 44 Bikes in Lyndeborough. We will Rumble again in 2016 so keep watching the PLC website and Facebook page. To see photos from the event visit our Facebook page
Poster design by Kris Henry
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Rose Mountain Campaign Hits Halfway Mark
Since PLC announced our campaign to conserve Rose Mountain earlier this spring, we have made good progress toward reaching our $170,000 goal. At the time of our announcement in March, PLC had already received a little more than $22,000 in early support from the McIninch Foundation, the Samuel P. Hunt Foundation, and the Quabbin-to-Cardigan Partnership. In the past three months, we have secured an additional $63,000...
Read the full article on page 5 of the PLC Summer newsletter
PLC has until the fall of 2015 to raise the funds we need to complete the Rose Mountain conservation project. If you would like to contribute, checks can be made payable to the Piscataquog Land Conservancy. Please be sure to note "Rose Mountain" on the memo line. Checks can be mailed or dropped off to PLC at 5A Mill Street, New Boston, NH 03070. Secure online donations can be made using the "Support Us/Donate" tab of this website.
PLC will be running public hikes to the Rose Mountain property on July 11 (co-sponsored with the Harris Center for Conservation Education) and August 15 (with the Lyndeborough Conservation Commission). You can register using the "Upcoming Events" tab of this website.
Photo: On Rose Mountain summit, Emily Hague
Since the bobcat issue came to PLC’s attention in January 2015, we have actively solicited the input of our members on whether PLC should take a position on the question of a re-opened season, and if so, what it should be. The response of our members and supporters – a group that includes many hunters and anglers -- has been overwhelmingly against the re-establishment of a hunting and trapping season for bobcats. Our Board of Trustees has also discussed the question several times over the past four months, and here also, the opinion has run strongly against a re-established season. As a result of four months of information gathering and deliberation, the PLC Board of Trustees unanimously passed the following resolution at its meeting of May 28, 2015:
“Resolved, the Piscataquog Land Conservancy, a regional land trust that has conserved more than 6,000 acres of land in its area, having provided information to, and solicited the perspectives of our members regarding the possible re-opening of bobcat hunting and trapping, recommends that N.H. Fish and Game maintain the existing full protection of bobcats for the foreseeable future.”
The resolution has been sent to the N.H. Fish and Game Commission and staff at the N.H. Fish and Game Department. Read PLC's letter here: PLC Bobcat position letter FINAL
PLC and Goffstown Leap Into Black Brook
There are times when organizations must take risks to achieve their goals, and this spring PLC faced just such a moment. We were alerted last December that a 101-acre parcel immediately next to our Blackbriar Woods Preserve in northeast Goffstown was in imminent danger of being sold for development. We had to act fast or lose the property, so for the first time in our history, PLC borrowed money to secure the land on an interim basis, essentially buying time to seek funding to conserve the land permanently...
Read the full article on page 1 of the PLC Summer newsletter
Contributions to the Black Brook project 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 "Black Brook" in the memo line. Checks can be mailed or dropped off to PLC at 5A Mill Street, New Boston, NH 03070. Look for updates on the 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 July 25th. You can register using the "Upcoming Events" tab of this website.
Photo: Black Brook in early spring, Chris Wells
PLC Easement Protects Forest in Henniker
By Martha Sunderland
Each of us who loves being outdoors has a place, or a few, that draws us to it. Located just east of Craney Pond in Henniker, the 50-acre Salmon-Beuhler property is a place I have revisited time and again since it was donated to the town a dozen or so years ago. On July 1st, 2015, the Town of Henniker conveyed a conservation easement to PLC that ensures the land will always remain undeveloped.
On an end-of-winter morning I found myself once more out on the property...red the full story on page 6 of the PLC Summer newsletter
Watch Video from Gordon Russell Walk
Gordon Russell (Photo by Chris Wells)
We had a truly memorable walk on April 25th with PLC co-founder and naturalist extraordinaire Gordon Russell. Gordon led a group through PLC's Rice Nature Preserve in Lyndeborough, stopping along the way to tell the story of the property, and of the plants and animals that call this special place home. Visit our Facebook page to watch video of two of Gordon's best tales!
The 2015 Gordon A. Russell Award: We Have a Winner!
And the award goes to… Andrew Carter from Bedford High School has earned the 2015, $1,000 Gordon A. Russell Award for his dedication to the environment! The Awards Committee of Deborah Doscher, Hannah Proctor, and Gordon Russell, together with the PLC, applaud this outstanding student who will be attending the University of Vermont this fall. Andrew is a hiker of NH’s 4,000-plus foot mountains, a fly fisherman, and was a lead delegate at this year’s Boston College United Nations Conference. As an Eagle Scout, and as a National Honor Society student, he already holds strong credentials. Furthermore, he has a great sense of humor! Congratulations, Andrew, from Gordon Russell and PLC!
Photo: Allison Clarke