From left to right: LCHIP Executive Director Dijit Taylor; FLT Land Manager, Ben Haubrich; FLT Project Manager, Scot Heath; and Senator Ruth Ward (R-District 8) Photo: Perry Smith.
LINKS of INTEREST:
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 ...
February Update: The Francestown Land Trust is very pleased to announce we have recently received a 50:50 matching grant from the Thomas W. Haas Fund for up to up to $5,500. And since applying for that grant we have received donations of $450. So – we have just $5,050 to go to fully utilize the grant and reach our fund raising goal.
Ben Haubrich has completed baseline documentation field work. His report confirms what the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department's Wildlife Action Plan map predicted – lots of sign of wildlife. Beech tree stands with more bear claw climbing marks than he has ever seen before, lots of deer & turkey tracks (actually live sightings of these), and sign of bobcat, coyote, porcupine and the other usual suspects.
January update: With pledges, commitments and in-kind contributions expected, we are within $11,000 of our goal for the Crotched Mountain
FRANCESTOWN LAND TRUST CELEBRATES $75,000
LCHIP GRANT AWARD FOR CROTCHED MOUNTAIN WEST PROJECT
Francestown Land Trust, Inc., (FLT) founded in 1986, dedicated to protecting critical natural land areas in Francestown and nearby environs, has received a $75,000 grant award from the NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) to support its efforts to acquire approximately 120 acres on the west face of Crotched Mountain in Bennington. The property rises up above 1800 feet near the height of land on Crotched Mountain. It is visible from several towns in the Monadnock region. The “Bennington Trail”, a popular hiking trail
from Mountain Road to the summit of the mountain, is very close to the
property. This is the last large parcel of unprotected land on the mountain,
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.
Francestown Land Trust, Inc.
P.O. Box 132 • Francestown, NH 03043