Gilmanton Land Trust
Photo by T. Dombrowski
Moonrise Over Frisky Hill
Gilmanton Land Trust - Notice of Annual Meeting
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Time: 7 pm
566 Loon Pond Rd., Gilmanton, NH
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WE DID IT!
To read two touching letters we've
recently received, please...
It was a nailbiter, but thanks to our many supporters , we’ve succeeded in raising the funds needed to ensure the permanent conservation and good stewardship of the four key tracts at the center of this project!
The fundraising success we’ve achieved with your support is a true measure of what we, as a community, can do when we work together to accomplish something of lasting importance. Although we’ve reached this key landmark in our project, we’re hardly done! We now shift our work to implementing the complex set of real estate transactions anticipated for this spring; these closings will set in place legal protection for these lands and also shift their ownership. Rest assured we’ll be inviting our supporters to help us celebrate once this project is done!
GLT Chair "Fuzz" Freese with the sign atop Frisky Hill which says it all!
Naming opportunities still available
Looking for an opportunity to memorialize your love of Gilmanton, a loved one, your family’s name, or…? The Gilmanton Land Trust is offering to donors of $10,000 or more naming opportunities tied to features of the four tracts involved in our "Gilmanton's Greatest Views - For Everyone, Forever!" campaign. For more details, visit our Facebook page by clicking on the link below.
To view our latest E-Newsletter #7 (Dec. 2012) click HERE
To view a PowerPoint presentation on the Twigg Campaign, click HERE
Gilmanton’s Greatest Views - For Everyone, Forever!
A Campaign for the Conservation and Good Stewardship of
Four Key Gilmanton Properties Owned by George Twigg
When the “For Sale” sign sprouted on top of Frisky Hill, it was hard to miss. The Gilmanton Land Trust (“GLT”) swung into action and negotiated an agreement with the landowner, George Twigg III, to conserve this and three other key tracts he owns in the area. In partnership with the Gilmanton Conservation Commission ("Commission") and the Five Rivers Conservation Trust ("Five Rivers"), GLT asked you to join its “Gilmanton’s Greatest Views—For Everyone, Forever!” campaign to ensure that these lands will continue to benefit the community. For decades, the conservation of these agricultural, scenic, and historically important lands has been a stated priority in community surveys, natural resource inventories, and Town Master Plans. Now we have the chance to make it happen!
The four tracts at stake total 86 acres and consist of 14 highly developable, ready-to-sell lots. All have scenic hayfields with rich agricultural soils and extensive road frontage. The 15-acre “Frisky Hill Viewpoint – South,” shown above, has a sweeping, car-stopping view of much of Gilmanton, the Belknap Mountain range, and lands extending into Maine.
The 41-acre “Meetinghouse Pond” tract, above, has more than 1,000 feet of unspoiled shoreline on Gilmanton’s largest remaining undeveloped pond, and a barn for supporting continued agricultural use. This land also has a rare historical feature found nowhere else in New Hampshire: a small pond with an associated stone structure used for processing (“retting”) flax, for making linen, 200 or so years ago! This summer, GLT and the Gilmanton Historical Society co-sponsored a demonstration of flax retting and linen production by an expert in period costume. Check our Calendar Page for other activities, tours, and events.
The 21-acre “Rte. 107 Upper & Lower Fields,” at left, has three fields overlooking Loon Pond, frontage on the Pond, and great views to the north and west ranging into Vermont. The nine-acre “Loon Pond Road” tract, at right, is at the junction of Loon Pond Rd. and Griffin Rd., making up the fourth and final “gem” of this agricultural and scenic collection.
Your support has helped us secure permanent conservation easements on all four tracts, allowing for continued agriculture and forestry but prohibiting residential development. The public will be guaranteed pedestrian access to all tracts, plus snowmobiling on the trail on the Meetinghouse tract. Five Rivers will have the ongoing stewardship responsibility of overseeing and upholding these agreements. The Commission proposes to purchase and hold the restricted Frisky Hill and Meetinghouse tracts, to help maintain the fields and views, and to allow for integrated management with adjacent town-owned conservation land. For the Rte. 107 Fields and Loon Pond Road tracts, GLT will seek private parties to buy and own these parcels, subject to the conservation restrictions that will be in place by then. Ideal new owners would be existing or new farmers, abutters, or others with a commitment to maintaining the fields and views. Mr. Twigg has signed legally binding agreements securing our opportunity to achieve these outcomes. As part of this campaign, GLT is raising funds for the conservation of other key land not yet under agreement and adjacent to one of the four tracts.
Mr. Twigg has generously agreed to sell the property at about two-thirds of its value! Even so, the total purchase, transaction, and stewardship costs to accomplish the above outcomes total about $1,180,000. The great news is that 100% of the needed funds have already been donated, pledged, awarded, or otherwise identified! Key commitments include about $624,500 in grants, $311,000 in private gifts (mostly from Gilmanton residents), $120,000 from the Town’s Conservation Fund, and $121,000 anticipated from the sale of the other two tracts.
WE DID IT! Thanks to all of our supporters for their generous donations!
With your support, this project will help perpetuate Gilmanton’s rural character and heritage, agricultural land base, and scenic and wildlife features, all valued by residents and visitors alike. These lands are a vital part of who we are, how we view our community, and how we shape its future. As one donor put it, “this land is the essence of Gilmanton.”
If you prefer to donate by check, or to arrange a gift of securities, please click HERE and complete the "Contribution & Pledge Form" at the bottom of the page.
View from Frisky Hill, NH Rte. 107 (Photos: Tom Howe)
Gilmanton Land Trust is recognized as a tax-exempt, non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, and is registered with the State of New Hampshire Charitable Trusts Division. Accordingly, contributions to GLT are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.