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A Good Place to Live

This secluded property is loved by people and wildlifePhoto of panoramic views by Emily Hague

Outside the window, a field rolls out toward the distant treeline and a blue mountain ridge carves a sharp line between land and sky. Charles and Nancy Butterfield have enjoyed this view for the last half century, all the years they have called this property home. Little has changed about the Hinsdale property since they first purchased it, but they wanted to be certain it would stay that way.

The Butterfields became increasingly interested in the conservation of their property as they watched neighboring farms be subdivided and developed. A conservation easement to protect their mile of frontage along Oxbow Road “just seemed like the right thing to do,” Charles said of their choice to work with the Monadnock Conservancy.

Scenic views, wildlife homes

The magnificent view of Mine Ledge and Rattlesnake Mountain is preserved forever. Dense hemlock, pine and hardwood forests, rocky talus slopes and clear streams support several species of wildlife including deer, bear, bobcat and turkey. The Butterfields continue to mow the two fields and have done a few small-scale timber harvests to care for the health of the forest. Together with abutting conservation areas including the Madame Sherri Forest and Wantastiquet Mountain Natural area, the Butterfields’ donation establishes a nearly 2,000-acre block of conserved land.

“We just imagine this corner of the world as a place for people to enjoy,” Nancy remarked, “now and in the future.”