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Land trust awarded $60,000 grant for project

  • LCHIP Board Chairman Doug Cole, from left, Rep. Richard McNamara, Gov. Maggie Hassan, Ben Haubrich, Rep. Carol Roberts, and LCHIP Executive Director Dijit Taylor. Photo by Perry Smith

Published: 12/14/2016 6:00:45 PM

The Francestown Land Trust manages over 800 acres of land. That’s quite a feat for an all-volunteer board.

The group received a $60,000 LCHIP award recently in support of its Collins Brook Headwaters Project, said Ben Haubrich, who is the project manager for the project. “We are excited,” said Haubrich, who also wrote the grant application. “We’ve been doing a lot of grant writing for this project.”

This project is the collaborative effort of the Francestown Land Trust and the Francestown Conservation Commission to add a critical 98-acre lot to the Shattuck-Dinsmore land protection initiative in the northwest part of Francestown.”[The land trust] is a great group.”

The target property contains headwater streams of Collins Brook, frontage on two remote ponds, wet meadow/shrub wetlands, several vernal pools, and a swamp. “The surveyor and I have been working on the property,” said Haubrich.

The area’s habitat features mixed forest types, and the land is 40 acres of the highest ranked wildlife habitat in the state, 50 acres of highest ranked wildlife habitat in the region, and 10 acres of supporting landscape, according to the 2015 NH Fish & Game’s Wildlife Action Plan maps. FLT’s land manager says this is the most prolific wildlife habitat he has encountered anywhere in the Monadnock Region.

During a recent ceremony at the State House, Gov. Maggie Hassan and Senate President Chuck Morse congratulate LCHIP’s most recent grant recipients on their hard work and successful efforts toward protecting the special places that define New Hampshire.

“The Land and Community Heritage Investment Program is critical to protecting our natural, historical and cultural resources, and I am proud that we restored funding for LCHIP in 2013 and maintained that commitment in our current bipartisan budget,” said Hassan.

“For every dollar invested by LCHIP, we see a significant return on investment through the economic activity generated by those conservation efforts. This year’s grants will support important projects across the state that will preserve our natural beauty and protect our rich history and vibrant culture.”


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