Gilmanton NH News

August 30, 2017


 

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Headwaters of the Suncook River.

 Lakes Region Conservation Trust Offers Guided Hike To Celebrate Two Land Conservation Projects In The Belknap Range

 

Join the Lakes Region Conservation Trust for a guided hike on Saturday, September 9th from 10 am to 1 pm to celebrate two LRCT land conservation projects in the Belknap Range Conservation Coalition (BRCC) Focus Area and along the headwaters of the Suncook River in Gilmanton.  These projects are the 124-acre Rendall Conservation Easement and the abutting 88-acre former Fenollosa property, which lie between Guinea Ridge Road and the Griswold Scout Reservation (Camp Bell and Hidden Valley Camp) just downstream from Manning Lake and Lake Eileen.

 

The program will begin with light refreshments and recognition for these projects and for the people who made them possible, Nancy Rendall and Marilyn and Michael Fenollosa.  This will be followed by an optional guided hike on the conserved land led by Nancy Rendall, and the property.

 

The Rendall Conservation Easement property encompasses significant parts of a large wetland complex below the outlets of Lake Eileen and Manning Lake, and includes riparian buffer and a perennial stream system that is part of the headwaters of the Suncook River.  The property also includes fieldstone house and barn foundations and fieldstone walls marking intensive agricultural use in the past.  The conservation easement was donated to LRCT by Nancy Rendall, and the property is now owned by the Fenollosas.

 

The former Fenollosa parcel contains what was the last unprotected portion of a significant wetland and stream system that is part of the Suncook River headwaters, and approximately one-third of the parcel is classified as highest ranked habitat in the state under the NH Wildlife Action Plan.  When the land was in danger of being sold for development, Marilyn and Mike Fenollosa stepped forward to acquire and hold it for more than a year until funding for LRCT’s acquisition could be secured.  Nancy Rendall donated professional services for project planning and wetlands assessment needed to obtain grant funding, and the effort came to a successful conclusion when LRCT received the necessary grant from the NH Department of Environmental Services Aquatic Resource Mitigation Fund.

 

LRCT is very grateful to Nancy Rendall and the Fenollosas for their generosity and dedication to the success of these projects, as well as to the ARM Fund for its support for the Fenollosa project.  LRCT’s conservation of these key parcels builds on other conservation achievements in the Belknap Range Focus Area in recent years involving LRCT, the Society for the Protection of NH Forests, BRCC, and others committed to conservation of the extraordinary scenic, natural, recreational, and historical resources of the Belknaps.

 

Participation in this event will be limited and registration is required. To register for this program and to learn more about this event please visit www.lrct.org.

 

The Lakes Region Conservation Trust was founded in 1979 to conserve the natural heritage of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region.  To date, LRCT has conserved more than 145 properties totaling over 25,000 acres.  LRCT’s conservation and stewardship work preserves community character, conserves critical wildlife habitat and diverse ecosystems, protects natural landmarks and scenic landscapes, and provides outdoor recreation opportunities for people of all ages.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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