Thursday, September 6, 2012

Two Important Conservation Projects - Support them with Purchase of an Image

A Campaign to Raise $2.5 Million to thwart Northern Pass

Every generation has a chance to create a legacy.

McAllaster Farm
McAllaster Farm. Photo by Jerry and Marcy Monkman, EcoPhotography.

For every generation, there is a moment that defines us. A moment when we have a choice about what our legacy will be. A test of our willingness to stand up for our values.

Today is such a moment. Today the Society for the Protection of NH Forests has an opportunity to defend the state's greatest asset, our scenic working landscape, from the biggest threat of our generation.

The Forest Society is working with four landowners in New Hampshire's North Country to permanently protect more than 1,500 acres of forests, fields and views through permanent conservation easements. These lands lie directly in the obvious intended path of Northern Pass, and thus disrupt the project's ability to move forward with that route.

Hazelton Farm on Newfound Lake

Reminiscent of earlier centuries, the picturesque and historic Hazelton Farm is a well-known local landmark in Hebron. The land features extensive frontage along the Cockermouth River, and its forested hillsides on Tenney Mountain are visible from Newfound Lake and the surrounding hills and shoreline.

Hayfields at Hazelton Farm
The Hazelton Farm contains approximately 35 acres of open hayfields that have important agricultural soils, as well as 235 acres of forested hillsides on Tenney Mountain. Photo by Brian Hotz.
thcentury,” with gravity-fed water, no plumbing, a crank phone, and a one-room schoolhouse. The farm was left to Paul and his brothers a few years ago by their parents, and they hope to preserve the land as working forest and farm for future generations of the family.

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