Welcome ~ In 1969, a group of neighbors created the Piscataquog Watershed Association (PWA) to protect critical land along the Piscataquog River. Now known as the Piscataquog Land Conservancy (PLC,) today we are proud stewards of nearly 6,000 acres of protected land. We invite you to join us in creating a lasting legacy of open space in the Piscataquog region!
Latest News: Brennan Brook Project Receives $120,000 LCHIP Grant!
NH’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) has awarded PLC $120,000 for the Brennan Brook Conservation Area (BBCA), a joint initiative of the PLC and the Francestown Land Trust (FLT).
The 150-acre BBCA is located in the heart of a 6,100-acre unfragmented area of open, undeveloped land, making it a high-conservation priority for the two organizations.
“These large, contiguous areas of undeveloped land provide critical habitat for a wide-range of species including bear, moose, and bobcat, as well as for bird species currently declining in the northeast, including Scarlet Tanager, Easter Wood-peewee, Veery, Wood Thrush and others,” said Paula Bellemore, PLC’s Executive Director. "We are thrilled, and grateful, that LCHIP was able to provide such strong support for this important project”.
The LCHIP grant augments funds raised from the Fields Pond Foundation, Davis Conservation Fund, Town of Francestown, and several generous private donors. With the LCHIP award in place, the PLC and FLT will enter the final fundraising phase hoping to raise the remaining funds needed to complete the project by May, 2014.
To help the PLC complete the Brennan Brook Conservation Area project CLICK HERE
To read the full article on this project, CLICK HERE
Photo: Pat Nelson, Francestown
Lobster by the River !
Please join us for PLC's annual Lobster by the River Fundraiser September 7, 2014 at 4 pm.
This year, the PLC is offering a choice of: 1¼ lb. lobster, barbecued chicken, or acorn squash stuffed with wild rice. All dinners served with mussels, locally grown potatoes, freshly picked corn-on-the-cob, greek salad, rolls, beer, wine, sangria & lemonade and dessert.
$55 per person -- seating is limited to 150 guests so please sign up early.
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Meet Tom Jones
Land Protection Specialist
Tom joined our staff July 7, and it is with pride that we welcome him. As Land Protection Specialist he will head up new projects, including identification of new easements and purchases, project development and real estate transactions.
Tom is well qualified, with a BS & MS from University of Georgia, in agriculture and soil microbiology. His post-graduate and professional work include wetland ecology and environmental sciences.
He comes to us from the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund, providing state-wide funding of land acquisitions for natural resource protection.
New Executive Director
Chris Wells will join us as our new executive director on August 4.
Chris has served at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests where he was Director of Policy, often working with the NH Legislature. He was involved in the effort to secure a dedicated funding source for Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, known to us as LCHIP, an important grant giving organization. Since 2010, Chris has served as Senior Director of Strategic Projects, with responsibility for the design, funding and implementation of the Society’s regional land conservation strategies. In this role he led the Quabbin-to-Cardigan Partnership, a public-private collaborative for land protection in western New Hampshire.
Most recently he led the development of an ambitious new conservation plan for the Merrimack watershed of NH and MA, of which our own Piscataquog watershed is a key part.
He lives in Wilmot with his wife, Katie and tow children. We are pleased to have him lead our PLC team.
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