Following are the projects we are working on that we can talk about. Sometimes, for landowner privacy, funding or negotiation status, or other reasons, we can't tell you about projects until they're done. We're honored to work with these landowning families who are committed to protecting land for people and wildlife, and for the future vitality of our region:
OVERLOOK FARM, SUGAR HILL
If heaven were on Earth, then it would be right here! Fantastic little cabin, sitting in a magnificent location commandeering stunning views. Hope to be back in the summer or fall, when this field of snow is a fragrant meadow whistling in the breeze.
- The Turner Family, writing in the notebook for visitors to the cabin
ACT is working with a landowner with deep roots in the community in protecting places for people to walk, ski, and explore on miles of interconnected trails in Sugar Hill.
This 300-plus acre property will bring the Bronson Hill Conservation Area to over 600 acres that ACT and private landowners have protected.
The land has open fields, forest, and several old cellar holes, including the foundation of Overlook Farm which was active into the 1920s. Generations have enjoyed the sweeping views of the Franconia Range, across the Presidentials, and into northern Vermont. It is a spectacular place, and the owner's vision is to have it forever enjoyed by the public.
You can help protect this magnificent place and others like it by making a tax deductible, year end donation to ACT today!
Brebner Property: Ammonoosuc River and forest
The Brebner family is protecting their 203-acre property in Bethlehem with a conservation easement, so they can keep the land in their family and prevent future development along this stretch of the Ammonoosuc River. The Clean Water / Healthy Trout initiative has identified this project as a priority because it provides:
An important cold-water fishery for brook trout and other species
¾ mile of shoreline buffers along the Ammonoosuc River to protect water quality
7,500 feet of streams, including Black Brook and Barrett Brook
13 acres of wetlands
A new parking area near the state rail trail to provide access for fishing and recreation
An outdoor classroom for local schools
Walling: Connecticut RIver and farmland
Rick Walling and Camille Wharey of Bath are protecting their 150-acre property on the Connecticut River with a conservation easement. This will ensure that this active farm, established in 1805, will never be developed. The Walling property provides:
Habitat for the federally-endangered dwarf wedge mussel along 2,100 feet of shoreline
Important grassland managed for nesting birds
7.4 acres of shoreline forest to protect water quality, with another 5 acres to be restored
Streams and wetlands, including vernal pools
Rare upland forest communities
Protection of the rural character of the Connecticut River National Scenic Byway (Route 135)