Cornish Conservation Project Supports Scenic Byway
and Linda Hammond of Cornish have conserved their 25 acres of
productive agricultural land and nearly a half-mile of Connecticut
River frontage in an area known to support the endangered dwarf wedge
mussel. The Hammonds’ historic farm -
where they operate North Star Canoe & Kayak Rentals -
stretches along Route 12A, a key part of the Connecticut River Byway.
This property and the adjacent UVLT conserved King Elm Farm include over 1.25 miles of
shoreline along the Connecticut River, and over 2.6 miles of scenic
frontage along Route 12A and the Amtrak Vermonter railroad
line. Funding for this conservation effort came from the
National Scenic Byways Program, administered by the NH Department of
Transportation, and a generous grant from the Town of Cornish
Matters! Winner of Killdeer Farm Gift Certificate
you to the nearly 800 people who made a donation to UVLT this past
Fiscal Year. Your support provides the annual funding for our
work. We held a raffle for gifts made in the month of June, the
final month of the Fiscal Year, and we have a winner!
Congratulations Kevin Comeau - you have won
a gift certificate to Killdeer Farm!
Hill Conservation Area’s ‘New Look’ for Summer
group of 20+ volunteers from Hypertherm put in a day of blazing
trees, mounting new trail signs, clearing trail debris, improving
drainage, creating stable tread ways, and installing benches at
UVLT’s Lyme Hill Conservation Area last month. The group split
into four crews and spread out over the entire trail network to give
the whole place ‘top to bottom’ improvements just in time for
summer! The crews finished work that would have taken UVLT’s
Stewardship staff many days to complete on their own. Check out our Facebook photo album of their hard work.
hesitate to head out and take a look for yourself! Use the
logbook to tell us what you think. Our favorite additions are
the Aldo Leopold benches – perfect places to take a moment to relax
and enjoy being outside.
LCHIP Funds Can Help Upper Valley Land Conservation
that funding has been restored for NH’s Land and Community Heritage
Program (LCHIP), UVLT is preparing for renewed availability of grant
funds. Potential UVLT applications include: forest and wildlife
habitat in Orford, and farmland in
Piermont, Plainfield, and Claremont. In recent years, LCHIP’s
grant-making had been stymied when legislators diverted its revenues
to the State's general fund. The new two-year budget puts the
dedicated funds back in place and creates new opportunities to
conserve land and community heritage.
Monitoring 101 Lesson Eight: The Personal Goal “Exam”
a new Fiscal Year underway and the completion of her second year at
UVLT, Programs Coordinator Anna Slack found herself taking some time
to reflect. Where did she stand with her personal goals?
The answer was clear, in terms of monitoring anyway, she was falling
short. Why? Click here to find out and
to see the challenges and rewards of facing her ‘Personal Goal Exam’.
Saturday July 20th, 10am
Upper Valley is a unique and inspiring place and one way to
experience this is by spending time outside. Join UVLT’s Anna
Slack for a short hike and reflection at UVLT’s Sleeper’s Meadow Trail.
We’ll gather at the trailhead to learn about the history of the
property, then we’ll make our way up the
trail at an easy pace. Once we reach a good stopping point
we’ll pause for a quiet interlude where all are encouraged to write,
draw, meditate, or experience the time as they wish. After
about 20-30 minutes there will be an opportunity to share our
you keep a regular journal, take photos for fun, or are interested in
experiencing a quiet “time-out” you are welcome to come along.
is limited parking at the trailhead so you can meet Anna at the
Bradford Park & Ride off of I-91 between 9 and
9:30am to carpool.
to Anna Slack at email@example.com or 603-643-6626
x102 for information and directions. *Heavy rain/thunder will
Stargazing at Wild Apple Farm
August 1 – 9, Date TBD by weather
8:30pm – 11pm
explore the night sky with us on this beautiful tucked-away
farm! Wild Apple Farm is a 560-acre UVLT-conserved property
located on Wild Apple Road in Pomfret, VT.
event is hosted by Wild Apple Farm and led by Horizons Observatory
Co-Directors Rob Hanson and Scott Holson.
RSVPs are requested, to see how and read more about
this event click here!
People and Place at UVLT’s Annual Meeting
Upper Valley Land Trust’s annual celebration of land conservation
drew nearly 120 people to Farrell Farm early last month. We
shared the accomplishments of the year, elected four new Trustees to
the Board of Directors, and honored three very special volunteers.
thank our donors, partners, and volunteers for helping to make this
event a success: Farrell Farm and Bob Sherwin, Killdeer Farm and Jake
Guest, 4Corners Farm, Winsome Farm, Edgewater Farm, Bob
Sandberg, Hanover Lions Club, Rory Gawler,
Nathan Hamm, Pete Gadomski, Dan Freihofer, Colatina
Bakery, Laura Stillson, June Hemberger, Bob Wetzel, Bill Stillson, Jim Reynolds, Tom Ciardelli,
Brenda Frost, Chuck Wooster, Farm-way and Paul Gallerani,
Erica Hinck, Skip Brown, Chris Nesbitt, and
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