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When a Family Values the Land

Posted Wednesday, May 11, 2022
— eNews

Nancy Dennett has fond memories of exploring and playing on her family’s property along Camp Brook Road in Alstead, New Hampshire. For more than 114 years, her family has cherished this land, along with extended family who also conserved their neighboring land in partnership with the Monadnock Conservancy.

Space for People and Animals

Now, thanks to Nancy, another 65 acres has been protected. Family members will continue to camp, pick blueberries, and harvest wood, and wildlife, like black bears and barred owls, will thrive.

“I wanted to have the animal corridor and preserve the side of Prentice Hill,” reflected Nancy.

Landscape Connectivity

By conserving this forested land, Nancy has helped maintain scenic views, wildlife habitat, and an area that is resilient to climate change, meaning it has a good chance of maintaining its ecological function despite changing conditions. Protecting resilient areas is key to ensuring the future ecological integrity of our region. The Dennett property connects blocks of conserved land to the north and south, creating a 441-acre block of contiguously protected land.

“Last time I was up there, there was a bear mother and two cubs,” Nancy said. “I’m pleased there will be a corridor for them to travel from the top of the mountain and down.”

Thank You

Funding for transaction costs were generously provided in part by the Quabbin-to-Cardigan Partnership and an anonymous foundation.