• Red Hill River Project – Myers

    Sandwich, NH

    LRCT is working to conserve the 26-acre Myers family property along the Red Hill River in Sandwich, NH which will expand LRCT’s Red Hill River Conservation Area, preserve valuable natural habitat, protect water quality, and historic resources.

    Click here to learn more about the project!

  • John M. and Eileen R. Weeks Conservation Project

    Gilford, NH

    LRCT is working to conserve the 65-acre John M. and Eileen R. Weeks property located on Belknap Mountain Road.

    In partnership with the Town of Gilford, LRCT needs to raise $112,000 to conserve this property.

    Click here to learn more about the project!

  • Mount Pleasant Property

    Tuftonboro & Wolfeboro, NH

    LRCT is working to permanently protect 132 acres on Mount Pleasant

    Click here to learn more about the project!

  • 40 Ways to Celebrate LRCT

    In recognition of LRCT’s 40th Anniversary, we’ve created a list of 40 activities and experiences involving LRCT’s conserved lands and our land conservation and stewardship work.

    Click here to see the list!

     

  • LRCT’s Explorer Patch Program

    Explore a variety of LRCT conservation areas throughout the Lakes Region with our new patch program!

    To learn more about the patch program click here.

Together We Have Conserved:

  • Over 27,000 acres in more than 150 properties
  • 33 miles of shoreline, including shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, Squam Lake, Newfound Lake, Bearcamp Pond and River, White Oak Pond and Knights Pond
  • 21 summits, including Red Hill, Mount Shaw, Faraway Mountain, Mount Roberts, Mount Webster, Mount Livermore, Copple Crown Mountain, and Sugarloaf Mountain
  • More than 95 miles of trails
  • Land in 23 towns throughout the region

TEMPORARY OFFICE CLOSURE

In light of the public health concerns arising from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and to protect the health and well-being of our community and staff members, the LRCT office will be closed to the public until further notice. LRCT staff members will continue to work during this time and can be reached at lrct@lrct.org. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing support.


OUR LANDS ARE OPEN!

LRCT’s conserved lands are currently open, providing abundant, diverse, and convenient opportunities for spending time in the outdoors, which is so valuable now. We always appreciate knowing that people are enjoying LRCT’s lands and trails.

To be responsible hikers and members of the community right now, please:

  • Practice physical distancing to protect your own health and safety and that of your family and other members of the community.
  • If you arrive at a trailhead and the parking lot is full, come back later or find a different place to explore. At popular hiking destinations, such as the Castle of the Clouds and Red Hill, consider exploring one of the less used trails.
  • Check for any signs posted at the trailhead for up-to-date information and recommendations.
  • Hike only on the trail. If you need to step aside to practice physical distancing, that’s fine, but then wait for other hikers to pass and return to the trail to continue you hike. Hiking off the trail is likely to create or add to erosion problems.

LRCT appreciates your help ensuring a healthy, safe, and pleasant outdoor experience for all. If you observe conditions on LRCT property that you think we should know about, please let us know. And if there’s something particularly interesting or enjoyable that you observe while out on one of our properties, we’d welcome seeing or hearing about that too!


Our Vision

Our vision is a future where conserved lands support thriving biodiversity, healthy watersheds, and vibrant human communities.

Our Mission

The Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) is dedicated to the permanent conservation, stewardship, and respectful use of lands that define the character of the Lakes Region and its quality of life.

Our Role

The Lakes Region Conservation Trust is a nonprofit, member-supported land trust and is a leading protector of the Lakes Region’s natural heritage and guarantor of open space in the region. We are unique in having a region-wide focus and in connecting the work of towns, local groups, state-wide organizations, and volunteers to accomplish conservation projects that reflect community priorities and have region-wide importance. Our activities engage a dedicated and growing network of individuals who help make the Lakes Region a place where people embrace conservation and stewardship of our treasured lands. These actions will leave a legacy of conservation benefiting the entire region and its human and non-human inhabitants.

Welcome

Founded in 1979 to conserve the natural heritage of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, our conservation and stewardship work preserves community character, conserves critical wildlife habitat and diverse ecosystems, protects natural landmarks and scenic landscapes, and provides outdoor recreation opportunities for people of all ages.

Together with our dedicated community of supporters, we have conserved 150 properties totaling over 27,000 acres.  These conserved lands encompass many of the special places that define this unique and spectacular part of New England, affording everyone abundant opportunities to explore and connect with the natural world and establishing a legacy of conservation for our children and grandchildren to inherit and enjoy.

We encourage you to learn more about LRCT, to visit our conserved lands, and to invest in conserving and stewarding the natural heritage of the Lakes Region.