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Help Conserve Piper Mountain 

The Gilford Conservation Commission is extremely excited to announce the very recent signing of a Purchase and Sale Agreement to purchase land on Piper Mountain.  This has been the top priority parcel of the Conservation Commission and the Gilford Land Conservation Task Force for many years, and is also a top priority of the Belknap Range Conservation Coalition.

The land is comprised of 273 acres, and includes the summit with its open and beautiful views, many hiking trails, and important wildlife habitat.  Surrounded on three sides by hundreds of acres of land already under protection, it has remained an obvious missing piece of the puzzle in dire need of protection.

The Gilford Conservation Commission and many concerned townsfolk are partnering with the Lakes Region Conservation Trust to procure the land on Piper Mountain.  We need to raise $120,000 before January 17, 2017, so our time is very limited. Donations may be sent to the Gilford Conservation Commission, 47 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford, NH 03249.  Checks can be made out to Town of Gilford Conservation Fund with "Piper Mtn." as a notation in the memo section.

Anyone who has hiked Piper can attest to the beauty of our Lakes Region's mountains and lakes as observed from the ledge outcroppings at the north and south summits, maybe while sitting on one of the "thrones" of rock.

Giant White Ash May Be a Belknap County Champion

Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) Trustee Russ Wilder recently assisted members of the NH Big Tree program in measuring an ancient white ash tree in LRCT's 330 acre Jail Pasture property in the Belknap Mountains in Gilford.  Kevin Martin, Mike Callaghan and Frank Stevens of the NH Big Tree program measured the tree to determine if it would qualify as a champion.  Based on these measurements, the tree is being listed in the Big Tree program and, pending measurements of one other big White Ash in Meredith, could be listed as the Belknap County champion.

The Jail Pasture is a remote property located in the Belknap Mountains south of Belknap Mountain and east of Piper Mountain in the Moulton Valley, the headwaters of the Suncook River.  Conserving this land was part of the Belknap Mountains campaign which had support from many organizations and municipalities including the Town of Gilford that are part of the Belknap Range Conservation Coalition (BRCC).  LRCT now owns the property and is developing a management plan.  All who supported that purchase should be proud that they have protected an extremely rare old growth tree.

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 130 properties totaling over 24,000 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.  To learn more about LRCT visit their website www.lrct.org.

Russ Wilder, LRCT Trustee, and his dog Gus at the base of the White Ash

Forest Society Acquires Mt. Major Trailhead Property

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests officially acquired the trailhead property at the base of Mt. Major on November 16, 2015.


Please click on the following Facebook link for more information about this land acquisition and about Dave Roberts, who made it all possible:


Forest Society logo

Everybody Helped Mt. Major!  Campaign Goal Reached!

The "Everybody Hikes Mt. Major" fundraising campaign has reached the summit, achieving our goal of $1.8 million for acquiring 980 acres on and near Mt. Major! 


We are very grateful that the campaign received more than 1,900 gifts ranging from $2 to $340,000.  Gifts came in from 31 states, from as far away as Hawaii, Arizona and Oregon. 


The successful partnership between the Forest Society, Lakes Region Conservation Trust and Belknap Range Conservation Coalition has resulted in the purchase of three parcels of forests, trails and wetlands on Mt. Major, East and West Quarry and Piper mountains, as well as in the Moulton Valley.  A fourth parcel is in the final stages of acquisition. 


Because of the recreational component to these Belknap Range properties, conserving them is just the first step.  The trails on Mt. Major are degraded by overuse and require repair and maintenance. We have set up a fund to meet these stewardship responsibilities. If you would like to help, please give online or call Susanne Kibler-Hacker at 224-9945, ext. 314.  Thank you!

BRCC's Hiker Safety Awareness Day



These Harvard Business School students climbed Mt. Major on October 11, 2014 as part of BRCC's Hiker Safety Awareness Day.



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