Update May 31, 2018
Crotched Mountain West project
We are very pleased to announce the closing on the 118.62 acre Samuels property located on Mountain Road in Bennington. We also refer to this as the Crotched Mountain West project.
This successful acquisition is the direct result of a collaborative effort with the Bennington Conservation Commission. The property represents the last large parcel of previously unprotected land on Crotched Mountain in a conservation effort begun in the 1980s. It is a prominent part of the view seen from the west. Approximately 2,500 acres of protected land area abuts the property in Bennington, Greenfield, and Francestown. The Bennington Trail, a popular hiking trail to the mountain summit, is located very close to the property. The property includes an historic cellar hole and two stream corridors. The majority of the property is within the highest ranked wildlife habitat in the state, according to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. FLT will own and manage the property, allowing public access for passive recreational uses.
This important acquisition was made possible with an LCHIP (Land and Community Heritage Investment Program) grant in the amount of $75,000. Critically important grants were also provided by the Verney Foundation, the Fields Pond Foundation, the Town of Bennington and the Thomas W. Haas Fund. Numerous targeted donations from the public capped off the necessary funding needed for the project. The long-time property owners Margaret and Larry Samuels donated a substantial amount of the appraised value in order to see the property become permanently conserved open space.
The Francestown Land Trust and the Bennington Conservation Commission will co-host a celebratory introduction to the property on a date to be announced soon.
COLLINS BROOK HEADWATERS PROJECT
The Francestown Land Trust (FLT) is proud to announce the acquisition of the COLLINS BROOK HEADWATERS property. This project was the result of the collaborative effort of the Francestown Land Trust and the Francestown Conservation Commission (FCC). This purchase adds a critical one hundred acre lot to the Shattuck-Dinsmore land protection initiative that includes the Dinsmore Brook Conservation Area and the Shattuck Pond Town Forest.
FLT Acquires Rectangular “Hole” to Complete
the Turner Property
In November 2016, FLT acquired a roughly one acre parcel, completing a “missing” rectangle in FLT’s 86 acre Turner property. The Turner property was acquired in 2006 and is an integral part of FLT’s Rand Brook Forest.
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Recommendations for Disposal of Non-native, Invasive Land Plants
Prepared by the Francestown Land Trust
Non-native, invasive plants such as Japanese Knotweed, Multiflora Rose or Oriental Bittersweet, can be a real nuisance. They can spread easily, choke out desirable native plants and cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year. The Francestown Land Trust urges everyone to dispose of invasives carefully and adopt recommendations described in the following summary ...
Francestown Land Trust, Inc.
P.O. Box 132 • Francestown, NH 03043