IN THE NEWS
Editorial: Earl of Sandwich
We applaud Denley Emerson's generosity.
Land has been one of the unsung gifts of the greatest generation.
We couldn't begin to list the donations made to New Hampshire
conservation organizations by those who bought property when,
by modern standards, it was unimaginably cheap, held it, treasured
and worked it for decades, then decided to preserve it.
Their names, though, appear on signs leading into town and state
forests, parks and recreation areas. Sometimes the donation is
not a gift outright.
It can come as a conservation easement or an agreement to sell
the property for far less than it's worth. All such gifts, given
the paltry resources the state devotes to preserving New Hampshire's
landscape and quality of life, are invaluable. We'd like to single
out one person today by way of saying thanks to many.
"I'd like to have this town remain unchanged - or at least approximately
unchanged - for as long as it can," 85-year-old Denley Emerson
of Sandwich told Monitor reporter Rebecca Tsaros Dickson. "It's
a beautiful place and the pressure is so intense here."
Emerson, a local real estate broker, is planning to sell 800 acres
of ecologically precious Sandwich Notch land at a good price to
The Lakes Region Conservation Trust. Some of that land contains
the last unprotected piece of the White Mountain National Forest.
Some of it is home to Pulpit Rock, site of Sunday sermons by a
local minister a century and a half ago. All of his land, Denley
said, will be protected one way or another before he goes.
Thanks in good measure to such gifts - aided by ample fundraising
efforts - the trust now protects some of the most beautiful land
in central New Hampshire. Through that land the trust plans to
create a 100-mile east-west hiking trail stretching from Mount
Kearsarge, over Mount Cardigan, around Newfound Lake and south
to Squam Lake.
Thanks to people like Denley Emerson, we've no doubt they'll succeed.
Monday, November 24, 2003