Q2C PARTNERSHIP OPENS ITS 2018 GRANT ROUNDS

The Quabbin-to-Cardigan Partnership (Q2C) today released a request for applications for both its   Land Conservation Grant and Trail Grant programs. In 2018, the Partnership has $45,000 for its Land Conservation Grant program and $50,000 for its Trail grant program to re-grant. The grant program is privately funded and administered by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests on behalf of the Quabbin-to-Cardigan Partnership. Non-profit land trusts, municipalities, and state agencies that have land conservation as a primary function are all eligible to apply for Q2C grants.

The two-state Quabbin-to-Cardigan region spans one hundred miles from the Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts northward along the spine of New Hampshire to the southern boundary of the White Mountain National Forest. Encompassing approximately two million acres, the region is one of the largest remaining areas of intact, interconnected, and ecologically significant forest in central New England and is a key headwater of both the Merrimack and Connecticut Rivers.

Launched in 2003, the Quabbin-to-Cardigan Partnership is a collaborative effort of more than twenty private organizations and public agencies working on land conservation in the Q2C landscape. The partners share a vision of conserving (on a strictly willing-seller/donor basis) the region’s most ecologically significant forests and key connections between them for wildlife passage and human recreation. Over the past ten years, the Q2C partners have helped to permanently protect thousands of acres.

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Q2C Partnership Awards Fall 2017 Land Grants

In its eleventh round of grant-making in the fall of 2017, the Q2C Land Conservation Grants Program awarded grants totaling $30,000 to five projects that will conserve a total of approximately 3,234 acres of land. 91 percent of the acres protected are located within areas identified as conservation priorities in the Q2C land conservation plan – falling within either “conservation focus areas” ranked as the most ecologically critical lands in the region, or “supporting landscapes” that buffer and connect the core focus areas. The total value of the projects funded in 2017 (land and easement value plus transaction and other costs) is conservatively estimated at over $3 million.  The projects are briefly summarized below.

The two-state Quabbin-to-Cardigan region spans one hundred miles from the Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts northward along the western spine of New Hampshire to the boundary of the White Mountain National Forest. Encompassing approximately two million acres, the region is one of the largest remaining areas of intact forest in central New England and is a key headwater of both the Merrimack and Connecticut Rivers.

The Q2C conservation grants are guided by a strategic plan that prioritizes the region’s most ecologically significant forests and key connections between them for wildlife passage and human recreation. All projects are on a strictly voluntary, willing-seller/donor basis. Sixty-two percent of the acres protected in the latest grant round are located within areas identified as conservation priorities in the Q2C land conservation plan – falling within either “conservation focus areas” ranked as the most ecologically critical lands in the region, or “supporting landscapes” that buffer and connect the core focus areas. The funded projects are:

Lake Project, Keene and Gilsum, NH

Applicant:  Monadnock Conservancy

Acres to be Conserved:  181

Protection Method:  Land Purchase

Q2C Grant Award: $5,000

Total Project Costs: $271,301

2017 Land Monadnock Lake project

This project will add 180 acres of forested land to the 100-acre Maynard Forest, which is managed as a demonstration and research forest in partnership with Antioch University and the American Chestnut Foundation. It has been under the management of a forester for many years and has good standing oak. This property’s woods roads will be open to the public.

Kimball Hill Highlands, Groton, NH

Applicant: The Nature Conservancy

Acres to be Conserved: 2709

Protection Method:  Land Purchase

Q2C Grant Award: $10,000

Total Project Costs: $2,200,000

2017 Lands TNC Landscape View Kimball Hill

In combination with 8,300 acres of exiting protected land to the north and south, protection of this property will significantly advance conservation of a large block of connected forest in the area. The property has been sustainably managed as a working forest over the past 13 years and currently contains a 25-acre example of old-growth forest.  It will also protect a significant portion of the headwaters of the Cockermouth River, an intact natural watershed, which promotes water quality and maintains recreational opportunities. There is extensive recreational use of the tract, particularly along its many trails and woods roads.

Borden Easement #2, Salisbury, NH

Applicant: Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests

Acres to be Conserved: 38

Protection Method: Donated Conservation Easement

Q2C Grant Award: $4,000

Total Project Costs: $108,729

2017 Lands SPNHF Borden

David and Nancy Borden plan to donate a conservation easement on 35 acres of land, which they bought specifically to conserve from any possible future development. It is adjacent to a 290-acre property they own and on which they donated a conservation easement in 2004. The property has a well-managed oak, hemlock, white pine forest and is bisected by Mill Brook, with over 250 feet of frontage on both sides. The Borden’s have an extensive trail system on their existing land and will extend it onto this new land in the future. The land is open to the public and used by many local residents.

Fernald Corporation, Templeton, MA

Applicant: Town of Templeton

Acres to be Conserved: 106

Protection Method: Land Purchase

Q2C Grant Award: $2,000

Total Project Costs: $271,150

Lands 2017 Templeton Fernald

The Town of Templeton, in partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, will conserve 4 parcels of primarily wooded and wetland areas, in an effort to maintain them as open space and connect with 1600 acres of open space landscape held by the Commonwealth and open to public access. Each of the 4 parcels will be open to public passive recreational access, including bird-watching, hiking and hunting as part of the conservation restriction language. Overall, the partnership helps ensure the vital wildlife habitat and passive recreation opportunities continue in to the future, expanding the landscape-scale impacts for wildlife diversity and recreation.

Stonehouse Mountain, Orford, NH

Applicant: Upper Valley Land Trust, Inc.

Acres to be Conserved: 200

Protection Method: Donated Conservation Easement

Q2C Grant Award: $9,000

Total Project Costs: $100,996

2017 Land UVLT Stonehouse

This project provides the exciting opportunity to add to already protected land in a multitude of ways. UVLT will assume responsibility for a conservation easement held by the town of Orford and an additional 99.7 acres will be added to it, which will help to create a connected block of over 1300 acres of UVLT protected land. The trail currently deeded on the premises will be rerouted to make it safer, more accessible, and linked to Mountain View Farm. Public access will be improved by allowing motorized travel along the private road to a designated parking area. It is hoped that this project will be a catalyst for protecting more undeveloped lots in the Town of Orford.

 

For more information about the Q2C Partnership please contact Brian Hotz at (603) 224-9945 or bhotz@forestsociety.org.

 

 

Q2C PARTNERSHIP OPENS 2017 ROUND OF LAND GRANTS

The Quabbin-to-Cardigan Partnership (Q2C) today released a request for proposals for its eleventh round of Land Conservation Grants, which funds transaction-related expenses on land conservation projects in the “Quabbin-to-Cardigan” region of western New Hampshire and north central Massachusetts. The Q2C Partnership has $30,000 to re-grant in 2017. The grant program is privately funded and administered by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests on behalf of the Quabbin-to-Cardigan Partnership. Non-profit land trusts, municipalities, and state agencies that have land conservation as a primary function are all eligible to apply for a Q2C land conservation grant.

The two-state Quabbin-to-Cardigan region spans one hundred miles from the Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts northward along the spine of New Hampshire to the southern boundary of the White Mountain National Forest. Encompassing approximately two million acres, the region is one of the largest remaining areas of intact, interconnected, and ecologically significant forest in central New England and is a key headwater of both the Merrimack and Connecticut Rivers.

Launched in 2003, the Quabbin-to-Cardigan Partnership is a collaborative effort of more than twenty private organizations and public agencies working on land conservation in the Q2C landscape. The partners share a vision of conserving (on a strictly willing-seller/donor basis) the region’s most ecologically significant forests and key connections between them for wildlife passage and human recreation. Over the past ten years, the Q2C partners have helped to permanently protect thousands of acres.

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Q2C Partnership Awards Fall 2015 Land Grants

The Quabbin-to-Cardigan Partnership (Q2C) today announced the recipients of its eighth round of Land Conservation Grants, which help underwrite conservation projects that protect ecologically important forests in the highlands of western New Hampshire and north central Massachusetts. In the latest round, the Q2C Partnership awarded grants totaling $90,152 to seven projects that will conserve a total of approximately 4,442 acres of land. The total value of the land to be protected in the latest grant round is conservatively estimated at $11 million.

The two-state Quabbin-to-Cardigan region spans one hundred miles from the Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts northward along the western spine of New Hampshire to the boundary of the White Mountain National Forest. Encompassing approximately two million acres, the region is one of the largest remaining areas of intact forest in central New England, and is a key headwater of both the Merrimack and Connecticut rivers.

The Q2C conservation grants are guided by a strategic plan that prioritizes the region’s most ecologically significant forests, and key connections between them for wildlife passage and human recreation. All projects are on a strictly voluntary, willing-seller/donor basis. Sixty-two percent of the acres protected in the latest grant round are located within areas identified as conservation priorities in the Q2C land conservation plan – falling within either “conservation focus areas” ranked as the most ecologically critical lands in the region, or “supporting landscapes” that buffer and connect the core focus areas. The funded projects are:

Gross Farm Conservation Restrictions, Petersham, MA
Sponsor: Town of Petersham
Acres Conserved: 229
Protection Method: conservation restriction
Q2C Grant Award: $10,000
Total Project Costs: $400,000

Silver Lake Eastside, Harrisville, NH
Sponsor: Harris Center
Acres Conserved: 194
Protection Method: conservation easement
Q2C Grant Award: $16,570
Total Project Costs: $2,037,043

Osgood and Hurd Hill, Nelson, NH
Sponsor: Harris Center
Acres Conserved: 578
Protection Method: conservation easement
Q2C Grant Award: $13,430
Total Project Costs: $802,856

Farnsworth Hill Forest-Colby Tract, Washington, NH
Sponsor: Society for the Protection of NH Forests
Acres Conserved: 50
Protection Method: fee purchase
Q2C Grant Award: $5,295
Total Project Costs: $54,722

Addition to Monadnock Reservation-Marlborough, NH
Sponsor: Society for the Protection of NH Forests
Acres Conserved: 49
Protection Method: fee purchase
Q2C Grant Award: $6,041
Total Project Costs: $160,147

WD Cowls Working Forest, Leverett and Shutesbury, MA
Sponsor: Kestrel Land Trust
Acres Conserved: 3,317
Protection Method: conservation restrictions
Q2C Grant Award: $30,000
Total Project Costs: $7,695,000

Allen project, Marlborough, NH
Sponsor: Monadnock Conservancy
Acres Conserved: 24
Protection Method: conservation restrictions
Q2C Grant Award: $8,816
Total Project Costs: $82,755

With this latest round of projects the Q2C grants program has funded 71 separate projects that have conserved almost 25,000 acres of land.

The Q2C grants program is privately funded and administered by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests on behalf of the Quabbin-to-Cardigan Partnership. Non-profit land trusts, municipalities, and state agencies that have land conservation as a primary function are all eligible to apply for a Q2C land conservation grant.

Launched in 2003, the Quabbin-to-Cardigan Partnership is a collaborative effort of more than twenty private organizations and public agencies working on land conservation in the Q2C landscape. Over the past ten years, the partners have worked with interested landowners to permanently protect an additional 90,000 acres of land in the region – 62,000 acres in New Hampshire and 28,000 acres in Massachusetts — an increase of almost 22% over 2002 levels.

For more information about the Q2C Partnership please contact Brian Hotz at (603) 224-9945 or bhotz@forestsociety.org. Information is also available at http://www.q2cpartnership.org

Photo: Jerry and Marcy Monkman, Ecophotography

Ausbon Sargent increases conserved land in Q2C region

In 2014, Ausbon Sargent closed on conservation easements in Goshen, Wilmot and Danbury with the help of Quabbin-to-Cardigan Partnership funding.

Jillette closingThe 51-acre Jillette Conservation Easement is located in Goshen with over 815 feet of frontage on the east side of Brickyard Road.  Landowner, Bea Jillette, manages the property for timber production and her large field, with its beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, is maintained by a local farmer for hay production.  The property is highly rated for wildlife habitat and highly ranked forestry soils and is very close to over 17,000 acres of contiguous conservation land.

Paul and Jan Sahler placed a conservation easement on 21 acres of their 23.4-acre property in Wilmot, NH.  This property includes a maintained logging road that extends back to Cascade Brook.  This and some additional side trails now provide opportunities for outdoor recreation and for observing many forms of wildlife.Their property is adjacent to or near over 3,918 acres of other conserved land nearby.

The 159.2-acre LeBaron-Brewer Property was also conserved in Danbury, NH in 2014.  This property includes two-thirds of Severence Hill in Danbury with over ½ mile of shore frontage on Waukeena Lake. The property protects important wildlife habitat for the loons on Waukeena Lake and abundant moose.

Click below for more information on Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust and the above conservation lands. Photos courtesy Ausbon Sargent. Top photo – LeBaron-Brewer Property.

Ausbon Sargent News Room

Conservation of 245-Acre Forest Protects Water Quality, Recreation Opportunities in Washington

The Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests (Forest Society) and the Washington Conservation Commission have conserved a 245-acre forest above Millen Lake in Washington.

The Forest Society acquired the property from the MacNeil family, who sold the land for significantly below its market value so that it could be conserved. The property’s location made it a priority for conservation, because it links lands that are already protected from development, creating a large, contiguous block that will remain open for wildlife habitat, recreation and the safeguarding of water quality. Accessed from Farnsworth Hill Road, the property abuts the Forest Society’s Farnsworth Hill Forest, Washington’s Town Forest, the Ashuelot River Headwaters Forest and the Long Pond Town Forest.

Click below to read the full story. Photo courtesy the Forest Society.

Conservation of 245-Acre Forest Protects Water Quality, Recreation Opportunities in Washington

Sunapee and Kearsarge trails challenge Manchester youth

SCA_Manchester_SRKG_2014_crewstairsThe day the crew finished their largest staircase, they felt so proud of the work that they accomplished.  Looking back at what had to be done on the first day, they all got a little glazed over in the eyes and could not grasp the scope of the project.  As they worked day after day on the project and got to see it come together, it was easy to sense the ownership they were taking over it.  Many of the crew members started to want everything done not only well, but well to the point where it would last forever.  They wanted their stone staircase to be a sort of legacy they left behind.  When they finally did finish the staircase and had the chance to take pictures with it, there was nothing but joy and pride to be seen on their faces.

In July 2014, two crews of 5-6 high school youth from Manchester, NH completed trail work projects on Mount Kearsarge and near Mount Sunapee. The students met a variety of challenges on the trail, but accomplished a great deal toward improving public trails. The two separate projects were completed with the Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition and the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail Club and funded in part with Q2C Partnership.

Click below to read the full stories. Photos courtesy the SCA NH Corps.

Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Project

Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail Project

New maps and kiosks unveiled at Chesterfield Gorge

Construction of the kiosks — completed by Rick Contino, of Brattleboro — was funded by a $1,200 grant from the Quabbin to Cardigan Initiative (Q2C), a collaborative effort to conserve the Monadnock Highlands of north-central Massachusetts and western New Hampshire.

Click below to read the full story. Photo courtesy Jeff Newcomer, Chesterfield Conservation Commission.

New maps and kiosks unveiled at Chesterfield Gorge