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CONSERVED! Shumway Forest on Moose Mountain30-harristrailcourtney

We are delighted to announce the largest conservation project in the Hanover Conservancy’s history – permanent protection of the 313-acre Shumway Forest. High elevation wildlife habitat, trails, waterfalls, and MORE ! (including trail map)

ShumwaysKay and Peter Shumway signed a permanent conservation easement on their Moose Mountain Forest at our office on June 30.  Kay observed, “we have always felt that we don’t really own the land – we are tenants, taking care of it for the next generation.” The rest of us are all fortunate to have such a fine example of land stewardship in our town.

Also Protected – The Hudson Farm

The 175-acre Hudson Farm is now protected forever as a part of the Appalachian Trail corridor, with the March 21 transfer from Dartmouth College to the National Park Service. The Etna property, which could have become a development of 18 homes, has a well-loved network of trails connecting the AT with Berrill Farms and Etna’s “bird road” neighborhoods.  The beautiful fields will be kept open for bobolinks and views. This is the first addition to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Hanover in more than 15 years. MAP

at-wall-gate-viewSEThe Town of Hanover and Trust for Public Land (TPL), assisted by the Hanover Conservancy, worked for more than six years to permanently protect this land, an attractive target for subdivision and development, to keep it open for walkers and wildlife.  Dartmouth College was deeply generous in accommodating a conservation sale. TPL purchased the property from Dartmouth for $1.84 million with funding from the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund and from private donations.  LWCF funding comes from offshore oil and gas royalty payments; it is not supported by taxpayer dollars.  The final gifts to complete the fund-raising came from the Hanover Conservancy’s Strategic Land Action Fund and gifts made in memory of Audrey McCollum, a Hudson Farm neighbor.

About the Hanover Conservancy

We are the oldest local land trust in New Hampshire, founded in 1961. Our mission is to protect land and water in our community and to nurture an appreciation for Hanover’s natural environment. A private, non-profit membership organization, we are not affiliated with town government, but work closely with our civic partners. We lead programs in land conservation, outdoor education, stewardship of our natural areas, and advocacy for conservation-oriented public policy.  Learn more about us and the outstanding natural and human communities we serve!fy2016annualreportcover

VISION 2020  is our new strategic plan for the next five years.  View our Annual Report for Fiscal 2016 here.


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