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.
PLC Annual Meeting
Saturday, October 25th
Holy Cross Episcopal Church
118 Center Rd., WeareClick links below to review draft revised bylaws and board nominee bios
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 email@example.com.
Carol Hess is Chair of PLC’s Board of Directors
Sun, October 19, 1pm – 4pm
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.
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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