The Conservancy has helped to facilitate the conservation of over 2500 acres of land since 1961, when we were founded as the Hanover Conservation Council. We work in partnership with landowners, town government, other conservation groups, and developers to find conservation opportunities and solutions in our town. The Conservancy can protect land through ownership, conservation easement or identifying other conservation resources. We support legislation that furthers conservation and sustainability and occasionally provide public comments on issues that affect water quality, land use or similar issues close to home.
Hanover’s newest conservation project, these 250 acres of upland forest, floodplain meadow, and corridor of Mink Brook, are found off Greensboro Road. The project is expected to close in early 2021 and will be called the Mink Brook Community Forest.
Over 1200 acres of carefully managed land protects Hanover’s drinking water supply. This vast tract is a hidden gem in the middle of Hanover. Owned by the Trescott Company (50% Town of Hanover and 50% Dartmouth College), this unconserved parcel allows public access to its many miles of signed trails.
Dana Forest and Pasture Natural Area
This large parcel at the top of Moose Mountain abuts the Hanover Conservancy-protected Shumway Forest, Mill Pond Forest and Huggins Trail Access, as well as the Baum Conservation Area and trails leading to the Appalachian trail. This property has high wildlife value and a fascinating human history.
The federal operating license for Wilder Dam expired in 2018. Read about proposed updates to the operating plan, as well as a public comment submitted by the Conservancy.
The 175-acre Hudson Farm is now protected forever as a part of the Appalachian Trail corridor, with the March 21, 2017 transfer from Dartmouth College to the National Park Service. This is the first addition to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Hanover in more than 15 years.
The site of the former Chieftain Motel was purchased by Kendal at Hanover, and a 10 year lease was granted to the Town of Hanover. The riverfront parcel is the current home of the Upper Valley Rowing Club and the site of our annual Connecticut River field trip with the Richmond Middle School.
Development proposals for the Route 120/Mt. Support corridor warrant special consideration, as the vast forested parcels provide incredibly important habitat for wildlife amongst some of the Upper Valley’s busiest towns.