In addition to annual membership support and year-end giving, which are critical to LRCT’s ongoing conservation, stewardship, and education efforts, LRCT also raises funds for the acquisition of additional significant lands in the Lakes Region. LRCT is currently pursuing new land conservation opportunities, including efforts to conserve summits and ridgelines, wetlands, wildlife habitat, and recreational trails.
Area-Specific Land Conservation Funds
Extraordinarily generous donors have worked with LRCT to establish funds to support land conservation in several parts of the Lakes Region that are priority areas for LRCT. Grants from these funds can be made for land conservation projects undertaken by LRCT or by other land conservation organizations, and LRCT accepts additional contributions to the funds. The funds are as follows:
John Gemmill Newfound Fund (Newfound Watershed):
The John Gemmill Newfound Fund provides financial support to facilitate land conservation in the Newfound Watershed. The Fund covers costs associated with land conservation projects (e.g., surveys, appraisals, stewardship funding, staff costs) that can otherwise be a challenge to successful land conservation transactions. Such support can be particularly critical to the success of projects involving donations of land and conservation easements.
The Fund was established in 2011 by Helen Gemmill to honor the memory of her father, John K. Gemmill, who served as Director of Camp Pasquaney in Hebron for more than 20 years. In announcing the Gemmill Fund, Ms. Gemmill said “it is my great hope that this fund will be a good friend to Newfound, that it will inspire us all, and those who we touch, to see the true treasure in Newfound Lake and the surrounding hills and streams, and to take action upon our belief in those treasures.”
Elizabeth E. Purves Land Conservation Fund (Wonalancet Area):
The Elizabeth Ewing Purves Land Conservation Fund provides financial support to facilitate land conservation in the Towns of Sandwich, Tamworth, Ossipee, Albany, and Waterville Valley in the Bearcamp River Watershed. The Fund covers costs associated with land conservation projects (e.g., surveys, appraisals, stewardship funding, staff costs) that can otherwise be a challenge to successful land conservation transactions. Such support can be particularly critical to the success of projects involving donations of land and conservation easements.
The Fund was established in 2015 to honor the memory of Elizabeth Ewing Purves (1932-2015). Elizabeth, whose family has owned property in this region for several years, was passionate about the need to conserve extraordinary natural landscapes. She understood the urgency to protect valuable water resources, wildlife habitat, and the unique character of this region which is threatened by ever-increasing development pressures.
Sandwich Land Conservation Fund (Sandwich):
The Sandwich Land Conservation Fund was established in 2017 to provide financial support to help ensure continuing land conservation in the Town of Sandwich by LRCT and other land conservation organizations. The Fund is intended to be used to provide a portion of the purchase price for land and conservation easements in Sandwich being acquired by LRCT or another organization, subject to the criteria set forth below.
The Fund was established in 2017 by donors who have lived in Sandwich for many years, have long been committed to conservation of the Town’s extraordinary natural heritage and resources, and have extensive experience with the land conservation efforts of the Lakes Region Conservation Trust and other organizations. The donors hope that the Fund will encourage and inspire others to contribute to local land conservation projects and to the Fund itself so that its capacity may be increased and its duration extended.
If you are interested in learning more about or making a contribution to any of these funds, or if you are interested in exploring the establishment of a similar fund for another part of the Lakes Region, please contact LRCT President Don Berry at 603-253-3301 or dberry@lrct.