Owner Carol Quimby Heath standing with The Great Pine.

Owner Carol Quimby Heath standing with The Great Pine.

The Great Pine, Cornish, NH 
Saturday, November 8th, 9am – 2pm

UVLT’s Stewardship staff will lead a hike through conserved forestland to the “Great Pine Tree” on Fern Hill in Cornish, NH, a massive reminder of the trees the English Navy once sought in this area.

Our hike will cross a priority area for conservation, highlighted both by the Town of Cornish and by the federal government due to its proximity to the Saint Gaudens National Historic Site. This corridor of largely undeveloped land extends from the Connecticut River east to the Yatsevitch Forest and includes over 2000 acres of conserved land.

Along the way, we’ll pass wetlands, upland forests of different types, cellar holes, stone walls, and a historic cemetery or two. which we’ll measure to see if it qualifies as the NH Big Tree for that species!  We’ll be accompanied by Dode Gladders, UNH Cooperative Extension forester for Sullivan County, and the Big Tree program coordinator for the region as well. We’ll take measurements of the “Great Pine Tree” to see if it is qualifies as the big tree for this species, either in the county, or the whole State!

We’ll meet at the junction of Dingleton Hill Road and Whitten Cemetery Road in Cornish, NH at 9am. To learn more or RSVP, contact Doug or Jason.

Conservation and Perpetuity:  Vermont Law School Hosts Timely Discussions
Monday, November 17 at 3:30pm at Chase Community Center at the Vermont Law School in South Royalton
Tuesday, November 18th at 11am at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier

Last winter, questions about conservation easement permanence made the news when legislators in Vermont took up a bill about amending easements. After much debate, the legislation was set aside in favor of more community dialogue about conservation easement gifts and the rules that guide and constrain charitable organizations. Now the Vermont Law School hosts Karin Gross, Supervisory Attorney with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, to discuss “Conservation Easements and the IRS: What does ‘In Perpetuity’ Mean?” Sessions are offered Monday, November 17 at Chase Community Center at the Vermont Law School in South Royalton and Tuesday, November 18th at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier.
Conference organizers expect these sessions will be of interest to landowners, attorneys, legislators, land trusts, conservation commissions, government agencies, planners, appraisers, faculty and students, philanthropic advisors, and people who care about conserving open space. The two sessions will be similar in content. For more information contact Janet Milne, Professor of Law and Director, Environmental Tax Policy Institute, Vermont Law School.

A Note about Google Calendar Maps:

Many UVLT events are located on sites without street addresses or named landmarks. Google Maps may substitute other locations or provide directions that are infeasible. Please check for UVLT written directions in our posted event details and contact UVLT if you have any questions about location or directions. Thank you!