|| ABOUT LRCT
A CONSERVATION LEGACY FOR THE LAKES REGION OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
The Lakes Region Conservation Trust is an independent, non-profit,
member-supported organization dedicated to the permanent protection,
stewardship, and respectful use of lands that define the character
of the region and its quality of life. Since its founding in 1979,
the Trust has protected more than 18,500 acres of conservation property
in the region. In these pages, we share an accounting of our stewardship
of the land we hold dear and the mission we serve.
Mt. Shaw, the highest summit in
the Ossipee Range.
South of the White Mountains, east of the Cardigan-to-Kearsarge uplands,
west of the Maine border, and north of the broad flow of the lower Merrimack
lies a place of clear waters, upland ridges, and intervales known as the
Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Our land is situated between the boreal forests
of the North Country and the populous lowlands of southern New England;
this place is a region in transition in all senses of the phrase.
Some of the richest, oldest, and most diverse wilderness areas in New England
can be found here, along with some of the most popular recreation areas
on the continent. On some summer weekends, automobile and boat traffic jams
both land and water, yet on quiet weekdays in the summer and throughout
most of the year the boater or hiker has the opportunity to feel at peace
here in a place of uncommon beauty and rich wildlife habitat.
As conservationists, we believe in the intrinsic value of clean water and
healthy wildlife habitats. We celebrate the ability of the land to heal
itself, and the capacity of rare or uncommon wildlife species to reestablish
themselves when given the opportunity. We have faith in the beneficial effect
that the outdoor life has on people, both in body and in spirit. We accomplish
our work entirely through voluntary private philanthropy. And we believe
deeply in the character of the landscape and the culture of the Lakes Region.
We believe that conservation preserves the qualities that make our
region a desirable place in which to live, work, shop, recreate, and
own property. Through the active acquisition and the faithful stewardship
of conservation land, a community land trust can have a profoundly
beneficial effect upon the landscape of a region, on the wildlife
and clean water resources of a place and on the well-being of the
people who work, grow, and sojourn on the land they love. We believe
in the profound value of the work we do today and the legacy we are
leaving to posterity.