Stories of Land Conservation

Preserving Family and Community Lands

 

“My family was having a really hard time letting go our beautiful piece of land we’ll always love.  While canoeing together on Bear Pond, it occurred to us if we contacted the Trust to conserve it instead of selling to a private buyer, we could always go back home.”

– Jim Bascom, Center Harbor

 

“I remember, as a skinny seven-year-old, standing on our dock after dinner skipping rocks on the blackening water.  Grandfather would sit on the wooden bench he’d built, watching the sun slip behind the mountains, every now and then handing me a particularly flat stone.  He’d tell me stories about his youthful summers on Winnipesaukee and say, ‘one day, you’ll be sitting here with your grandson, you know.'”

– Pete, Alton

Most people, when leaving family lands to their children or heirs, assume those inheriting the land will go on to manage or steward it as they wish.  But in many cases, families are faced with paying substantial inheritance taxes soon after the passing of a loved one.  Without sufficient cash in the estate, heirs may be forced to sell the family land to meet tax obligations.

Careful planning can help avoid the need for an unwanted sale, and can preserve undeveloped family land for the enjoyment of generations to come.  Establishing a trust, donating land, or providing a gift of a conservation easement to the Lakes Region Conservation Trust can reduce taxes and ensure that precious lands are conserved in their present unspoiled state.

“My aunt was one of those self-taught botanists — of course, she’d never call herself that.  “I just like plants,” she’d say.  But she could identify every green and not-so-green thing living in these hills — and tell you what ailment the Native Americans used it to cure.  I still come back here every year to see the painted trillium in bloom.  These hills, spotted with cellar holes and old cemeteries have a unique character I would hate to see lost.”

– Susan, Sandwich

Since 1979, LRCT has worked with landowners and volunteers throughout the Lakes Region to conserve land with ecological, scenic, recreational, or historical value, including shoreline on Winnipesaukee, Squam, Wentworth, and other lakes, ponds, rivers and streams.  LRCT’s mission is to help preserve the unique character of the Lakes Region by protecting lands for future generations to use and enjoy.  We hope the information provided in the LRCT website will help you in thinking and planning for the conservation of lands that are important to your family and your community, and we look forward to working with you in pursuing your land conservation goals.