As a land trust, the Monadnock Conservancy is always working on new land conservation projects in the Monadnock region. At any given time we may be working to protect a farm or working forest, habitat for native animals or lands important to local communities. Here’s a little bit about some of our most recent projects.
An historic and scenic working farm (95.3 acres)
This farm has over half a mile of frontage along Fitzwilliam and Great roads. There are five hayfields totaling about 23 acres, plus 10 acres of wetlands and the remaining acreage being woods. Best of all, this project provides the chance to connect already protected lands on both sides of the property, to protect important soils and to preserve the scenic view along the roads.
Protection status: Protected in November 2012
Partners: anonymous family foundation, Bean Family Foundation, U.S. Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program, N.H. Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, Monadnock Conservation Assistance Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, New Hampshire State Conservation Committee Conservation Grant Program (“Moose Plate” program) and private donors.
Calhoun Family Forest
To honor their deceased parents, the children of John and Rosemarie (Studer) Calhoun gave the Monadnock Conservancy 308 acres of the family’s property, which includes rich forest habitat and extensive frontage on White Brook and the Ashuelot River.
This 65-acre property includes hayfields, dense forests, wildlife habitat, an historic mill site and a Christmas tree farm.
California Brook Headwaters
This 307-acre property, abutting the Keene town line, encompasses vast natural resources that support public recreation, timber management activities and wildlife. A highlight is the heron rookery, part of a 12-acre wetland complex.
Cooper Hill Community Forest
This 329.5-acre property was protected through a conservation easement held by the Monadnock Conservancy and the simultaneous purchase of the land by the New England Forestry Foundation.
These three parcels of property, totaling 399.8 acres, were gifted to the Monadnock Conservancy to be open to the public for pedestrian use and to protect the unique natural resources. The preserve is located at the northwest base of Mount Monadnock, near Meetinghouse Pond.
Great Brook Farm
This 251-year-old working farm is believed to be the oldest dairy farm in America continuously operated by the same family. By protecting 40 acres at the farm’s core and 60 acres on an abutting property, we've helped ensure hayfields and cornfields will provide the needed food for the dairy herd.
John Kennedy Marshall Memorial Conservation Easement
This 168.9-acre property includes approximately 164 acres of forest, a 5-acre scrub-shrub wetland and frontage along Varnum’s Brook. The property is directly adjacent to the Wapack National Refuge, and is part of a 7,465-acre contiguous block of previously protected lands.
Three properties, covering 47.26 acres, help with retaining the scenic beauty of the lake, protecting the lake’s water quality and providing for wildlife access to the lake and important habitat variety.
Tippin Rock Farm