Tucked in the northwest corner of Kingston is the 40 acre Rockrimmon State Forest, one of the smaller state forests in New Hampshire. From about 1928 to 1982 the State Forest, which includes the peak of the 308 foot tall Rockrimmon Hill, had an active fire tower. Now all that remains are some abutments, metal flanges, and a remarkable view. Surrounding Rockrimmon State Forest is a contiguous block of undeveloped forest in Kingston and Danville that is habitat for several rare species, the site of numerous vernal pools, and wetlands that provide valuable waterfowl habitat.
The Southeast Land Trust has partnered with the Town of Kingston on creating a nearly 170 acre town owned forest that will be available for the enjoyment of generations to come. After overwhelming support at the 2013 Town Meeting, where the Kingston voters agreed to spend up to $424,000 on the Rockrimmon Project, the Land Trust secured contracts on 5 tracts totaling 181 acres. One of the landowners generously agreed to donate their property and another agreed to sell at less than its fair market value. Thanks to the support of the Town of Kingston, the generosity of the landowners, and funding from a variety of sources including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Piscataqua Regional Estuaries Project, and mitigation funds approve by the NHDES, the bulk of the tracts will be conserved in October with a conservation easement from the Town of Kingston to the Land Trust to be conveyed by the end of the year.
Look for an upcoming opportunity to rock around with us at Rockrimmon and explore the great habitats and views on from Rockrimmon State Forest.
When a 34 acre property in Exeter came on the market that not only provides important wildlife habitat, but also includes a critical leg of a well-used trail network, the Southeast Land Trust sprang into action with the Town of Exeter’s Conservation Commission to find a way to conserve the property through the “Growing Oaklands – Our Forest Our Trails” initiative. The Southeast Land Trust now has the property under contract, but we need to raise the final $37,000 by March in order to complete the acquisition. You can help by making a donation today!
is on private property; hence if the property were sold for residential development this loop could be broken and lost, along with valuable habitat for several rare turtle species.
The total cost of the purchase and protection of the Growing Oaklands parcel is $149,400. A combination of public and private funds will be used to acquire and conserve the Growing Oaklands parcel.
To complete the project, an additional $37,000 is necessary. The Town is considering a $26,000 appropriation at the 2014 Town Meeting and the Town and Land Trust are pursuing other grants from applicable programs, but these highly competitive programs have limited funds available. Private donations are needed to help fill the gap of $37,000 and show grant funders the strong support for this project. Contribute here!
The Oaklands Town Forest is truly a treasure in the southeastern part of New Hampshire. Your donation will help ensure the continued enjoyment of the Oaklands Town Forest!
Fundraising goal for Governor Dale Farm met! Thank you!
In the summer of 2012, the Governor Dale Farm was slated for a 50-lot subdivision, raising significant concerns by abutters, residents, and Town officials. Would this beautiful piece of North Hampton’s history be carved up into a checkerboard of ½ acre lots?
In the early fall of that year, in hopes of saving this treasured landscape, Town officials quietly contacted the Southeast Land Trust and asked: could we begin negotiations in an attempt to preserve the farm? The Town had twice before attempted to conserve this land, but those efforts failed to produce a conservation outcome, and after being sold to a regional developer, the property was now before the planning board for a subdivision that was on the fast track to completion.
Now, thanks to the efforts of North Hampton residents, all of the necessary funds to conserve the Governor Dale Farm has been raised!
|Download the 1955 article on the farm: NH Profiles Magazine - 1955 (7.02 MB)
|Read the Kendall Chevalier interview|
Manchester seeks to conserve Massabesic Watershed
A rare opportunity arose this summer to permanently conserve approximately 7,200 acres of nearly contiguous land in Rockingham and Merrimack County. Who owns that much land in our populous region of the state? The City of Manchester's Water Works, that's who. Centered around the popular recreational destination of Lake Massabesic and located in the towns of Auburn, Candia, Chester, and Hooksett, the Water Works' land provides the drinking water and natural buffer to protect the drinking water for over 160,000 residents, nearly 12% of New Hampshire's population!
Read more: Quenching the Thirst for 161,000 People
The Southeast Land Trust, in partnership with the Town of Plaistow, was recently awarded a $100,000 Aquatic Resource Mitigation (ARM) Grant from the NH Department of Environmental Services (DES) to support the permanent protection and enlargement of the Plaistow Town Forest. The grant will be used to complete a two year project that will place a conservation easement on the Plaistow Town Forest, acquire adjacent undeveloped land, and restore damaged trails on the property. The Plaistow Town Forest grant was one of 7 projects funded in the Merrimack River Watershed in which a total of $2.2 million in funding was available.Read more: Land Trust Awarded $100k grant for Plaistow Town Forest