Protected! The Hudson Farm
We’re pleased to announce that 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.
The Hanover Conservancy, Town of Hanover, and Trust for Public Land (TPL) have been working 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.
COMING SOON – Shumway Forest on Moose Mountain
We are delighted to announce plans for 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 !
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. 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.
VISION 2020 is our new strategic plan for the next five years. View our newly released Annual Report for Fiscal 2016 here.
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