Hundred Acres Protected in Strafford!
The Upper Valley Land
Trust is pleased to announce the protection of over 600 scenic acres
in Strafford. The property consists of two hill farms that are very
much a part of the working landscape, with open fields providing hay
and pasture for neighborhood cattle and horses, and productive
forests contributing timber and valuable wildlife habitat near a state wildlife
Hope, Bunny, Margaret and I are pleased that the farm is now under a
perpetual conservation easement. Four generations of our family have
enjoyed Ames Farm to date, and we hope this love of the land will
continue." ~Loulie Mauran, Easement Donor
land's agricultural legacy, undeveloped forests, and scenic character
will continue to benefit the region long into the future.
Land Conserved in Weathersfield!
lifetime member Sarah Wunsch donated a conservation easement on her
135 acres in Weathersfield this winter. Mostly forested, this
property encompasses a variety of habitats including a nearly 8.5
acre wetland that was studied by the state's Natural Heritage
program as well as some lovely open meadows that support Bobolink and
views to Mount Ascutney.
Wunsch decided to name the property after her grandmother, Minnie
Gellis, who came to the U.S. from Minsk, Russia in 1905 at age
18. Minne lived in Claremont NH for a number of years but never
resided on the conserved land. Sarah's family has, however,
owned the now conserved property since 1970.
addition to Sarah's generosity in donating the easement,
Weathersfield Land Preservation Association has made a
grant to UVLT to help
cover the costs of this project.
These projects have
helped bring the mid-fiscal year tally to over 1500 acres in ten
What a great way to
start the New Year!