The Lakes Region Conservation Trust is proud and tremendously grateful to be the owner of approximately 29.2 acres of land on Fowler River Road in Alexandria. This land was donated to LRCT in late 2022 by siblings Betsy Macdonald, Steven Mihovan, and Frank Mihovan.
The Mihovan property, extending from Fowler River Road on the north toward Bog Brook on the south, is largely wooded. There are several wet areas, particularly across the middle of the property and near the property’s southern edge. This land is significant for protection of wildlife habitat and scenic values, and because it lies within the drinking water protection area for the Town of Bristol water supply. In addition, the property provides opportunities for hiking, snowshoeing, and nature observation and education.
This property had been owned by members of the donors’ family for many years, and we are especially grateful to them for their generosity and their interest in working with LRCT to accomplish their conservation goals for the property.
Key Conservation Values
Forests and farmland soils
- The property is largely forested, with Appalachian oak-pine forest habitat.
- Soils of the property are classified as either prime farmland or farmland of local important.
- Part of the property is identified in the New Hampshire Wildlife Action Plan (NH Fish and Game) as supporting landscape for highest quality wildlife habitat. Bear, moose, deer, pileated woodpecker, and ruby-throated hummingbird have been observed or are otherwise known to be present in this habitat, and many other species are also likely to be present.
- The property has additional ecological value because it is ranked as climate change resilient in LRCT’s Lakes Region Conservation Plan, based on climate data developed by The Nature Conservancy.
Water quality protection
- The property is located within the drinking water protection area for the Town of Bristol water supply.
- The property provides opportunities for hiking, snowshoeing, nature observation and education.
- Betsy Macdonald, Steven Mihovan, and Frank Mihovan, for their extraordinary generosity and their interest in working with LRCT to fulfill their conservation aspirations for their family property;
- the Newfound Lake Region Association, a wonderful partner for LRCT when we work on projects in the Newfound Watershed;
- the Newfound Land Conservation Partnership, a productive and successful conservation collaboration established in 2009; and
- the John Gemmill Newfound Fund, established by Helen Gemmill, which has assisted with numerous land conservation projects in the Newfound Watershed since 2013.