We all know that broad and beautiful meadow on Greensboro Road – a generous open space that is such a welcome sight in days like these. The Hanover Conservancy is proud to partner with the Town of Hanover and the Trust for Public Land in a major project to protect these 250 acres of floodplain meadow, upland forest, and the corridor of Mink Brook, to be called the Mink Brook Community Forest. MORE

NEW! Watch the May 27th, 2020 recording of a Zoom informational meeting on the project. The call was led by JT Horn, Senior Project Manager for the Trust for Public Land and Rob Houseman, Planning Director for the Town of Hanover.

Earth Day 2020 – 50 years of conservation

We at the Hanover Conservancy are proud of the progress we’ve helped our community make in protecting natural lands and clean waters. By the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, we had protected the summit of Balch Hill and conveyed the Tanzi Tract to the Town of Hanover with conservation restrictions. Beyond Hanover, we’d also assisted NH Fish and Game in acquiring Lyme’s 43-acre Wilder Wildlife Management Area and the New England Wildflower Society in protecting a 35-acre riverfront preserve in Plainfield.

These maps tell the story of then and now.

Today, we own and protect 450+ acres of natural areas and hold permanent conservation easements on another  550+ acres. The Hanover Conservancy has also assisted other partners with saving nearly 1700 more acres in Hanover and elsewhere in the Upper Valley.


Caring for Our Lands, Caring for Each Other

Although our spring trips are postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic, you can head out on the trails with your own self-guided adventure: our Hanover Hikes of the Month! Trail maps and detailed history on all our properties are available on our website, at trailheads and in the printed guides at kiosks.

People everywhere are taking advantage of opportunities to get outside, and we continue to be grateful for our founders’ foresight in protecting natural areas for all future generations to enjoy. Please stay off muddy trails to prevent erosion, keep your dog on a 6′ leash or shorter to maintain a safe distance from other hikers and dogs, and pack out all trash. Ticks are ACTIVE, so don’t forget a tick check at home!

Not yet a member? Donate today and join more than a quarter of Hanover’s households in supporting our work!

The bears are back! Bring in your birdfeeders, secure garbage and compost, and keep your grills clean to prevent negative bear-human interactions. 

 Watch Ben Kilham’s full presentation on living with bears, thanks to our local Community Access TV crew. Find out more about Ben’s work at