Last month, three more parcels were added to the portfolio of conservation lands overseen by the Upper Valley Land Trust: a productive forest and shoreline along Meadow Brook in Corinth, the headwaters of Monahan Brook which feeds the Hanover Center Reservoir, and 116 acres of productive farmland in Bath.
Gerry and his wife Kathy Troy worked with UVLT to protect a large portion of their dairy with a conservation easement purchased through a combination of funding from the Federal Farm and Ranch Protection Program and the Town of Bath Conservation Commission. The newly conserved land contains approximately 40 acres of pasture, hay fields, forestland, seeps, vernal pools, and forested wetland areas as well as a 36 acre open field with beautiful long range views of Mt. Moosilauke and Mt. Washington. Jerry said that he was tired of people asking him to subdivide small lots off his property so they could build houses to enjoy the view. Instead he wanted to keep the property intact so that he can keep farming. He says he just feels better knowing that he doesn’t have worry about it after he’s gone.
Landowners Phil and Kate Harrison, of Hanover Center, donated a conservation easement on 40 acres of woods and 2/3 mile of streams. Located adjacent to Alswell Farm, which was conserved in December 2013, the Harrison’s gift extends the conservation of forested habitat, water resources and access for recreation. The newly conserved property is located within a 1700 acre block of unfragmented land, almost 1/3 of which has now been protected. Wildlife species using the habitat include otters, bear, deer and coyotes. Two streams traverse the Harrison property converging just beyond the western boundary of the property to form a more substantial brook known locally as Monahan Brook which is the main inlet of a reservoir that supplies drinking water to the Town of Hanover.
In Corinth, 230 acres was conserved with a purchased conservation easement funded by the Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation. The productive forest consists of northern hardwoods such as sugar maple, beech and white ash. There is almost ½ mile of frontage on Meadow Brook, a cold and clear stream that flows into the South Branch of the Waits River. This conservation project was encouraged by the Orange County Headwaters Project, a local initiative that has spurred the conservation of many private properties in Corinth and Washington, VT.
To learn more about land conservation and these conserved places, visit www.UVLT.org
Photo : The conserved Troy Farm property provides a spectacular view of Mt. Moosilauke.