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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 ...
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. The property, accessed off Wilson Hill Rd., contains headwater streams of Collins Brook, frontage on two remote ponds, wet meadow/shrub wetlands, several vernal pools, and a swamp. These diverse habitats of mixed forests include 40-acres of Highest Ranked Wildlife Habitat in the state, 50 acres of Highest Ranked Wildlife Habitat in the Region, and 10 acres of supporting landscape according to the 2015 NH Fish & Game’s Wildlife Action Plan maps. Ben Haubrich, FLT’s land manager, says this is the most prolific wildlife habitat he has encountered anywhere in the Monadnock Region.
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. It scored high for its scenic, habitat and recreational value. The missing piece was part of a 34 acre parcel owned by Janette Priest, the rest of which lies across Russell Station Road. It nicely complements the ecological, scenic, cultural and recreational values of the Turner property. It is surrounded on three sides by stone walls, has interesting stone foundations and, through its road frontage, provides access to the Turner property and the larger Rand Brook Forest.
Francestown Land Trust, Inc.
P.O. Box 132 • Francestown, NH 03043