Francestown Land Trust Celebrates $50,000 Grant Award
FLT has received a $50,000 grant award from the NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) to support the Abbottville Farm Easement project.
The Abbottville Farm, well known to those who drive from Mont Vernon to Francestown via the Second NH Turnpike (aka Francestown Turnpike), represents one of the vanishing few land parcels in the area that contain “prime” agricultural soils and have remained in active agricultural use (hay production and cattle grazing). This project is seeking to place a conservation easement on 40-acres of the property to ensure that the agricultural resources are protected from adverse commercial or residential use. Ownership of the property will remain with the current landowner, Robert Abbott. The project aligns with Francestown’s 2014 Conservation Plan that prioritizes the conservation of “areas of prime agricultural soils and agricultural soils of state-wide importance”- 30 of the Abbottville 40-acres contain these prime and important soils. The value of this project is reflected by the fact that the project has already received pledges of financial support from the Francestown Conservation Commission, the federal Agricultural Land Easement program, and the Merrimack Conservation Partners’ conservation grant program- and now this support from New Hampshire’s LCHIP.
May 31, 2018
THE SAMUELS FOREST / CROTCHED MOUNTAIN WEST PROJECT
FLT is very pleased to announce the closing on the 118.62 acre Samuels property located on Mountain Road in Bennington. We previously referred to this as the Crotched Mountain West project.
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 ...
Dijit Taylor, LCHIP executive Director; NH Governor Chris Sununu; FLT Chair Chris Rogers;
FLT Board Member Larry Ames. Photo: Perry Smith
Francestown Land Trust, Inc.
P.O. Box 132 • Francestown, NH 03043