Brennan Brook easement is a go
Credit, Abigail Arnold, Francestown L to R: PLC Vice President, Paul Doscher, PLC executive Director Paula Bellemore, Landowners Diane and John Schott, FLT Board President Chris Rogers, FLT Board Members Ben Haubrich and Paula Hunter.
Credit Pat Nelson, Francestown: Mill Pond at the Diane and John R. Schott Brennan Falls Reserve.
Courtesy of Francestown Historical and Improvement Society - Brennan Falls
Courtesy Francestown Historical and Improvement Society, Circa 1892
The Piscataquog Land Conservancy announced recently that it has accepted a 149-acre conservation easement along Brennan Brook in Francestown. The PLC, in partnership with the Francestown Land Trust, announced that the land, formerly owned by John & Diane Schott, will now be known as the Diane and John R. Schott Brennan Falls Reserve after the picturesque cascades that have been a popular destination for hikers throughout Francestown’s history.
Brennan Falls Reserve was protected with the assistance of a $120,000 grant awarded to the PLC by the NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, or LCHIP. Additional funds were received from the Francestown Conservation Commission, the Davis Conservation Fund, Fields Pond Foundation, the McIninch Foundation, and the generosity of several private donors.
“The Brennan Falls Reserve project represents the best of conservation in New Hampshire,” stated PLC Executive Director Paula Bellemore. “Our long-standing partnership with the FLT, which has contributed to the preservation of critical water resources, wildlife habitat and recreational access on thousands of acres across our region, has again allowed us to preserve one of the most significant natural resource areas in our region.“
From history to ecology, the Brennan Falls Reserve is rich with significance. Originally settled in the late 1700s by early pioneers including Ebenezer Bullard, the area was later abandoned after unsuccessful attempts at farming and homesteading, but the stony remnants of that life remain visible today in the many cellar holes and walls found in an area known locally as the “Lost Village”.
Surrounded by more than 6,000 acres of pristine, undeveloped land, this expansive habitat provides a critical haven for several less common bird species and all manner of wildlife — signs of beaver, moose, bear, deer, porcupine and many other species can be readily found here.
Brennan Brook, a headwaters stream to the Piscataquog River, stretches for over 2,000 feet through the Reserve’s 149 acres, which include several vernal pools and other wetlands vital to maintaining healthy ecological functions. The forests here have flourished under the Schott’s sound management, and a recent timber harvest will allow the forest to continue thriving long into the future
Although significant funds have already been raised, a shortfall remains. Donations are needed, as are volunteers to assist with trail work and property improvements. To learn more, contact PLC at email@example.com [use hyperlink] or FLT at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Piscataquog Land Conservancy, a regional land trust funded by members concerned with the preservation of natural and scenic resources throughout the 12-town Piscataquog River region, now conserves nearly 6,000 acres on 100 properties. To learn more visit www.PLCNH.org.
Founded in 1986, FLT is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization dedicated to protecting natural land areas in Francestown and nearby environs. For more information, visit www.francestownlandtrust.org.