Support a Land Conservation Project

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.

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John M. and Eileen R. Weeks Conservation Project

Gilford, NH

Your help is needed to conserve the 65-acre John M. and Eileen R. Weeks property located on Belknap Mountain Road in Gilford, NH. In partnership with the Town of Gilford, the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) needs to raise remaining funds by summer 2020 to conserve this property, which is located on the west face of Gunstock Mountain.

The Weeks property abuts 9,000 acres of existing conservation land in and adjacent to the Belknap Mountain Range, including the Muehlke Family Tree Farm.

The land lies within a Wellhead Protection Area to a public water supply source for the Town of Gilford and plays a significant role in maintaining the quality of ground and surface waters in the Sanders Bay Sub-watershed, which drains into the Winnipesaukee River Watershed.

If you would like to help conserve the John M. and Elieen R. Weeks property, please consider making a gift to help us meet the early summer closing deadline.

LRCT’s project fundraising goal is $145,425, which includes the purchase price established by appraisal, transaction costs, and funds that will be added to LRCT’s Stewardship Fund. This Fund is used to support stewardship, monitoring, and defense for LRCT’s owned conservation properties and conservation easements.

How You Can Help:

  • Donate online now 
  • Donate by check: Donations may be made payable to “LRCT” with “Weeks” in the memo field. Please mail checks to PO Box 766 Center Harbor, NH 03226
  • Donate by phone: Call us at 603-253-3301


Mount Pleasant Property

Tuftonboro & Wolfeboro, NH

View from the highest point on the Mount Pleasant Property

In Tuftonboro and Wolfeboro, the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) is working to permanently protect 132 acres on Mount Pleasant. This project will provide recreational, nature observation, and education opportunities for the community, as well as protect wildlife habitat and water resources.

LRCT plans to improve the trail to a prominent open ledge, where visitors will be able to enjoy expansive views extending to Lake Winnipesaukee, Red Hill, the Belknap, Sandwich, and Ossipee Mountain Ranges, and points beyond. In addition, the project will protect the historic Mount Pleasant-Haley-Walker cemetery, which served the farming settlement known as Brighton and is believed to contain the grave of one of eight Revolutionary War soldiers thought to be buried in Tuftonboro.

LRCT’s project fundraising goal is $162,600, which includes the purchase price established by appraisal, transaction costs, and funds that will be added to LRCT’s Stewardship Fund. This Fund is used to support stewardship, monitoring, and defense for LRCT’s owned conservation properties and conservation easements.

How You Can Help:

  • Donate online now 
  • Donate by check: Donations may be made payable to “LRCT” with “Mount Pleasant” in the memo field. Please mail checks to PO Box 766 Center Harbor, NH 03226
  • Donate by phone: Call us at 603-253-3301

December 4, 2019:

The Board of Directors of the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) has announced $3.5 million dollars in matching grants awarded to thirty-three projects across the state, including the Mount Pleasant Property in Tuftonboro and Wolfeboro.

LRCT has received a $75,000 grant award to support the Mount Pleasant Property. “We are very grateful for LCHIP’s investment in conserving the Mount Pleasant Property” said Don Berry, LRCT’s President. “The LCHIP award will help to ensure that the property’s scenic value, wildlife habitat, and public access opportunities are preserved for future generations.”

Projects are being supported in each of the state’s ten counties. This grant round was highly competitive, with over $7 million in funding requests compared to $3.5 million available for grants. LCHIP Board Chair Amanda Merrill of Durham observed “The LCHIP Board of Directors was particularly impressed with the variety and quality of projects seeking support this year.”

Grant recipients are required to raise a minimum of one dollar for each dollar provided by LCHIP.  This year’s awards of $3.5 million will be matched by more than $10 million that the project proponents will raise from other public and private sources, infusing a total of almost $14 million into the state’s economy in direct project activity.


Red Hill River Expansion Conservation Project

Sandwich, NH

Your help is needed 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.

Your gift today will:

  • Protect over 2,000 feet of frontage on the Red Hill River, which flows to Garland Pond, Lee’s Pond, and Lake Winnipesaukee;
  • Expand the conserved climate-resilient land in this area;
  • Conserve critical wildlife habitat and a scenic landscape along the river corridor;
  • Preserve a part of Sandwich’s history in the site of an 18th and 19th-century brickyard which according to the Sandwich Historical Society provided the bricks to build the Lower Corner Store in Sandwich; and
  • Add to the significant conserved lands along and near the Red Hill River from Red Hill Pond in Sandwich to Lee’s Pond in Moultonborough, NH.

LRCT’s project fundraising goal is $111,000, which includes the purchase price established by an appraisal, transaction costs, and funds that will be added to LRCT’s Stewardship Fund. This Fund is used to support stewardship, monitoring, and defense for LRCT’s owned conservation properties and conservation easements.

Working together with the Myers family and with supporters like you, we can ensure that this property remains undeveloped for the enjoyment and benefit of future generations.

How You Can Help:

  • Donate online now
  • Donate by check: Donations may be made payable to “LRCT” with “Red Hill River Expansion” in the memo field. Please mail checks to PO Box 766 Center Harbor, NH 03226
  • Donate by phone: Call us at 603-253-3301


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.

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.