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Hanover Trails Challenge & Butterfly Walk

Sign up now for the “first ever”  Hanover Trails Hike Challenge, a co-sponsored activity of the Hanover Conservancy, Hanover Parks and Recreation, Hanover Improvement Society, Town of Hanover Conservation Commission, and business sponsor BE Fit Physical Therapy.  Register HERE!

Butterfly Walk at the Etna Library – July 16, 3pm. See the beautiful stone walls, just revealed by work to remove invasive barberry.  MORE

Environmental Scholarship Award

Congratulations to Hanover High School’s Jyoti Graber, winner of our 2014 Environmental Scholarship Award. The HHS senior distinguished herself with high academic achievement in her studies of Environmental Science. The award carries with it a $500 scholarship. The Hanover Conservancy has a half-century history of supporting environmental education in Hanover schools, and we are pleased to initiate this new scholarship.

Betty Hunter (ctr R) and friends at Balch Hill, 1963

Betty Hunter (ctr R) and friends at Balch Hill, 1963

Remembering Balch Hill Friends

Elizabeth Hunter and her husband, Ralph, were long-time members who left an important mark on one of Hanover’s favorite places – Balch Hill. We appreciate their legacy and are grateful to Elizabeth’s family for encouraging donations to the Hanover Conservancy in her memory.

Last year, the family of Mable Staples (shown at far left) honored her memory with gifts to Balch Hill, enabling us to reprint the guide to the Natural Area.

Welcome New Stafflaura2

The Hanover Conservancy is very pleased to announce that Laura Mattison has joined our staff as Stewardship and Outreach Coordinator.  Laura will take charge of our lands and trails, working with our valued volunteers to maintain these natural places that so many people enjoy. She’ll also support our outdoor trips program and communications.

A New England native, Laura comes to the Upper Valley via a winding trail that led through Oregon, Fiji, Vermont, India, and Rhode Island, where she earned a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Brown University.  Laura’s work for the Oregon Coastal Management Program’s Estuaries project focused on engaging landowners and habitat specialists alike with her shoreland habitat maps. Laura devoted two years as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Fiji Islands. An avid four-season outdoorswoman, Laura is glad to be back in New England.  If you’d like to get in touch to volunteer, contact her at Get to know the rest of our staff and our board here.

2014 Byrne Foundation Challenge – Met!

Many thanks to all who responded – between the Byrne Foundation’s gift and challenge and your response, $25,000 will be put to good use caring for our natural areas and trails, providing an energetic free public trips program, and planning for land conservation in our community.

We are pleased to welcome two new members of our Conservation Legacy Circle. These fore-sighted members have included the Conservancy in their estate plans to ensure that their vision for our community continues. MORE

About the Hanover Conservancy

We are the oldest local land trust in New Hampshire. Our mission is to protect land and water in our community and to nurture an appreciation for Hanover’s natural environment among those who live and work here. A private, non-profit membership organization, the Conservancy is not affiliated with town government, but works closely with our civic partners. The Conservancy leads active programs in land conservation, outdoor education, stewardship of our natural areas, and advocacy for environmentally sound public policy. We invite you to explore this site to learn more about us and the outstanding natural and human communities we serve.