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. 
Join us today and create your own conservation legacy!

PLC Annual Meeting

Saturday, October 25th

5:00-7:30 p.m.

Holy Cross Episcopal Church

118 Center Rd., Weare


Click links below to review draft revised bylaws and board nominee bios


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Please join the PLC for our 44th annual meeting.  Each year PLC members gather to review achievements of the past year and set the organization's course for the future. The highlight of this year's meeting will be the unveiling of the PLC's new strategic land conservation plan, which will guide the conservation decisions of the PLC for years to come. Dan Sundquist of Greenfire GIS, who worked with PLC on the project, will give an overview of how the plan was developed and the areas that it prioritizes for conservation. Other business will include voting on new board members (read Nominee bios), voting on revised bylaws (read Revised PLC Bylaws), and the presentation of PLC's Volunteer of the Year award. 

As always, the meeting will not be all business. We'll take time to enjoy each others company, and raise a glass to the PLC. Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share, and if you'd like, please BYOB.

A Season of Change at PLC

Carol Hess, Board Chair

This summer saw big transitions at PLC. As you may know, our long time executive director, Paula Bellemore, left in July to work with the Land Conservation Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) in Concord, where she will use her considerable talents to support land conservation across the state.

Paula leaves behind a remarkable legacy of growth and success at PLC. Over the last 11 years she helped PLC grow not only in number of acres conserved (6,000 acres and 100 tracts of land), but also in our capacity to fulfill our legal and ethical commitment to monitor, care for, and defend the lands in our portfolio. Under Paula’s leadership, PLC’s land protection practices were brought into closer compliance with the Land Trust Alliance’s national standards, and we built a volunteer land stewardship program that is one of the largest and best regarded in the state.

Fortunately, the PLC board was able to hire a tremendously capable new executive director within weeks of Paula giving notice. Chris Wells comes to us with almost 20 years of experience in land conservation, including more than a decade at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. He brings strong skills in fundraising, communications, financial manage-

ment, and volunteer leadership.Chris also has extensive experience working with state and local government, and building conservation partnerships. He has a deep understanding of how important regional land trusts are to conserving the larger whole. Chris lives with his wife and two sons in Wilmot, and you can expect him to become a fixture in our watershed in the years ahead.

This summer saw other staff changes at PLC. In July we welcomed Tom Jones as our new full-time land protec-tion specialist (see page 3). In August we also bid a fond farewell to Alex Metzger, our stewardship specialist, as he headed off to pursue his PhD. Alex’s stewardship role is being taken on by Chris Borg, whom many of you already know as our interim land protection specialist.

With a strong new team in place, this is a truly exciting time for PLC. For the past three months we have been working to develop a science-based conservation plan that will guide PLC’s land conservation work in the years ahead (see page 6). The planning process has already con-firmed that there are significant undeveloped areas in our watershed that provide critical wildlife habitat, protection for surface and ground water, and high quality soils for farming and forestry. The new conservation plan will be completed this fall, and PLC’s staff and land protection committee will use it to identify and proactively protect the most significant parcels.

PLC is lucky to have talented staff, excellent leadership, and a mission that has never been more critical. But the true heart and soul of PLC is you, our members, volunteers, and donors. As summer turns to fall, there are opportunities large and small for you to help conserve the land we love. To find out how, contact me at hess.carol@gmail.com.

Carol Hess is Chair of PLC’s Board of Directors

Meditation Walk

Sun, October 19, 1pm – 4pm

Ferrin Pond Conservation Area, Weare, NH (map)

Advanced Registration Required.     Click here to register

Join PLC for our third annual meditation walk. This popular event combines nature, meditative music and inspirational readings and will be led by Steve Blackmer and Alan Garfield. The group will walk in silence with pauses for reflection including brief readings and meditative music.

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Steve Blackmer

The walk takes place at the Ferrin Pond Conservation Area, Weare, NH Steve Blackmer has a long and distinguished career in New Hampshire conservation. He was the founding president of the Northern Forest Center and founding chair of the Northern Forest Alliance, and a senior staff member with the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Ordained two years ago in the Episcopal Church, Steve is the Executive Director of Kairos Earth and pastor of Church of the Woods in Canterbury. Alan is a biologist, retired from the staff of Bowdoin College. Ferrin Pond is a 278 acre forest protected by the PLC and the Weare Conservation Commission, and includes a pristine body of water which is the second highest pond in southern New Hampshire.

The event will be about 2-1/2 hours of moderate hiking on a 2.6 mile scenic trail with a few short steep stretches and some uneven stony ground. Please wear appropriate foot gear, bring water and dress for the weather. Older children are invited, but dogs and cameras are not appropriate.

For more information on Ferrin Pond, please follow the link to the Weare Conservation Commission website. Co-sponsoring the meditation walk is Church of the Woods, Canterbury, NH. Parking is very limited at Ferrin Pond, so participants will gather for carpooling at 1:00 p.m. Advance registration is required. Register on-line using the PLC website or call Donna at 603-487-3331. 


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Manchester Bike Tour
PSNH Energy Park, Manchester, NH  7:30 am (map)

We are co-sponsoring this great event next Sunday, October 12th. Come join "Team PLC" for a two-wheeled tour of Manchester, including the Piscataquog River Trail! 

2014 Manchester Bike Tour Co-sponsored by the Manchester Conservation Commission and the Piscataquog Land Conservancy It is a 30-mile family friendly bike ride around the city of Manchester, NH. The tour begins at PSNH Energy Park and loops around the city. Sights along the route include Rock Rimmon, the Piscataquog Rail Trail, Nutts Pond Recreation Trail, Aviation Museum at the Airport, Lake Massabesic and the Historic Weston Observatory. A $25 registration fee will sign riders up to ride the tour.

Children 6-13 years of age are $10. Children under 6 years old are free. The tour offers t-shirts, rest stops, bike support and a lunch at the end of the ride. The registration fee will go directly into the Manchester Conservation Fund. This event is endorsed by the Mayor’s office and the Board of Alderman.
To register visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-manchester-bike-tour-tickets-3587222479


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