August 23, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.
Lake View Farm
Home of Frank and Liz Stevens
137 Leavitt Hill Road
Refreshments at 9:30 a.m. – R.S.V.P. to email@example.com
The Conservation Fund (TCF), a national non-profit conservation organization, has recently purchased 5,435 acres from Yankee Forest LLC (formerly Draper Corp.) in the Towns of Campton and Sandwich. This land encompasses a significant portion of the Squam Range northern slope, including about two miles of the Crawford-Ridgepole trail.
This large parcel also includes much of the Beebe River watershed and the southern slope of the Sandwich Range, with 6.5 miles abutting the White Mountain National Forest. According Nancy Bell, TCF Field Director, the property was acquired to assure a permanent “conservation disposition” of the property.
In an effort to learn more about this property, its history, recreational uses, and economic importance within the local communities, three consecutive Community Forums were held in mid-April in the towns of Sandwich, Holderness and Campton. Local residents participated in small groups to answer questions about their experiences, uses of and hopes for the future of this working forest. See the reports from these forums below.
Squam lost one of its conservation pioneers and champions when Nancy W. Grady passed away in the presence of her family on May 4, 2014. Nancy has been an integral part of the Squam Lakes Conservation Society since its inception in 1960. She was a founding member, donor of conservation land, Honorary Director, winner of the Davenport Award for her exemplary stewardship contributions, and truly an inspiration to all.
In memory of Nancy, the family has created the Nancy W. Grady Land Monitoring Fund, an endowment fund dedicated to supporting the annual monitoring of conservation land in the Squam region. There is no doubt Nancy has shared her love for the Squam community, we share the great loss felt throughout the Squam community and beyond.
“The Society’s mission is to preserve the unique quality and character of the Squam watershed by protecting lands for present and future generations.”
The Squam Lakes Conservation Society is a land conservation organization dedicated to the protection of the natural environment in the Squam Lakes Region of central New Hampshire for the benefit of all present and future residents and visitors. SLCS was formed in 1960 by long-time residents of the area and obtained 501(c)(3) status as a private, non-profit charitable organization in 1961.
SLCS achieves the long-term protection of land by seeking, holding, and monitoring conservation easements and by accepting land ownership. It envisions a unique region of islands, shorefront, back lands, and mountains wherein a harmony between the natural environment and mankind is preserved forever. SLCS works towards this goal in cooperation with state and local authorities, businesses, other conservation organizations, residents, landowners and visitors.