Land Projects

The Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) is currently working on land conservation projects involving more than 1,500 acres around the region, including projects in ten Lakes Region towns and in such areas as the Ossipee Mountains, Red Hill, the Winnipesaukee, Squam, Newfound, Waukewan, Wentworth, and Ossipee Lake Watersheds, and the Pemigewasset and Red Hill River Watersheds.  In addition, we are always busy exploring new land conservation opportunities with landowners and interested community volunteers.  We look forward to sharing news of these projects and opportunities with you as they progress.

Huckins Farm Conservation Project

New Hampton, NH • 2021-2022

The Lakes Region Conservation Trust is working with the owner of Huckins Farm in New Hampton on a conservation easement that would permanently protect the farm’s productive and scenic farmland and forests. Huckins Farm is a family-owned, 200+ year old, Grade A Dairy Farm whose mission is "to provide wholesome, nutritious products for you and your loved ones while promoting education through workshops and classes as we work together to cultivate a more healthy, sustainable, and loving world." LRCT is proud to work with Huckins Farm to conserve its magnificent landscape and to play a role in securing the farm’s next 200 years. We expect to launch a fundraising campaign for this project in early 2022 and will post more information about that later this year.
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Mill City Park Conservation Project

Franklin, NH • April 2021

The Lakes Region Conservation Trust completed a conservation easement and management plan to protect 17 acres of land along the Winnipesaukee River in Franklin adjacent to the new Mill City Park in the spring of 2021. This conservation easement, conveyed to LRCT by the City of Franklin, is an integral part of the Mill City Park project, which combines opportunities for recreation and enjoyment of the City’s riverfront. LRCT is proud to be able to play a role in this important downtown project and to work with the City in conserving valuable habitat and open space along the River.
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Mount Pleasant Property

Tuftonboro & Wolfeboro, NH • April 2021

The Lakes Region Conservation Trust closed on the 127-acre Mount Pleasant property in Tuftonboro and Wolfeboro in April 2021, after reaching the project fundraising goal of $276,500. The property parcel includes a well-trodden trail to a granite outcrop with stunning views of Lake Winnipesaukee, the Belknap and Ossipee Mountains, and other mountains beyond. In addition to its recreational value, this purchase permanently protects important watersheds, habitat for a variety of flora and fauna, and even the remnants of an early settler community. Thank you to the generous individuals, families, and organizations in Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro, and elsewhere who have provided extraordinary support for the project!  We are particularly grateful for a $25,000 gift from the Land Bank of Wolfeboro-Tuftonboro and a $75,000 grant from the NH Land & Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP).
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John M. and Eileen R. Weeks Conservation Project

Gilford, NH • November 2020

The Lakes Region Conservation Trust, in partnership with the Gilford Conservation Commission, has completed the conservation of the 65-acre John M. and Eileen R. Weeks Property, located on the western slope of Gunstock Mountain in Gilford, NH. With the help of two $5,000 grant challenge grants, one from the Samuel P. Pardoe Foundation and another from an anonymous donor, along with funds approved by the Gilford Conservation Commission, and private donations, we closed on this property in November 2020. The Weeks property abuts 9,000 acres of existing conservation land in and adjacent to the Belknap Mountain Range.
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Whiteface Mountain Conservation Easement  

Wolfeboro, NH • September 2020

The Lakes Region Conservation Trust has received a conservation easement on three key parcels of land on Whiteface Mountain in Wolfeboro. The easement, donated by the Town of Wolfeboro through its Conservation Commission and by the Land Bank of Wolfeboro-Tuftonboro, Inc., ensures the permanent protection of 118 acres of land, including a one-mile trail and the summit of Whiteface. Future generations will be able to have the chance to enjoy this trail and the stunning view from the top. The opportunity to protect this important landscape has been made possible by the hard work and generosity of the Town and the Land Bank.
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Red Hill River Conservation Area Expansion Project

Sandwich, NH • July 2020

The Lakes Region Conservation Trust is pleased to announce the acquisition of the 26-acre Myers family property along the Red Hill River in Sandwich. This project conserves valuable natural habitat and climate change resilient lands, protects 2,000 feet of frontage along the Red Hill River and water quality in the River, provides opportunities of walking and nature observation, and preserves historic resources. In addition, the project expands LRCT’s 416-acre Red Hill River Conservation Area, which abuts the 176-acre Myers-Schneider property on which the Town of Sandwich holds a conservation easement, resulting in a 618-acre unfragmented area along the Red Hill River and its tributaries.
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