Did you know that 60% of the Strafford Rivers Conservancy's annual budget comes from private donations from people like you? Your financial support helps the Strafford Rivers Conservancy permanently conserve key properties in the region and maintain its vigilant stewardship of its protected lands. Invest in the preservation of the region's special landscapes today by making an annual or repeating contribution to the SRC using the "Network for Good Donate Now" button or by mail to: The SRC, PO Box 623, Dover, NH, 03821.
Paddle Salmon Falls River
SUNDAY, AUGUST 3rd
Join The Strafford Rivers Conservancy (SRC) and The Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH) for an historic paddle on the Salmon Falls River!
Join us for a unique tour of Rollinsford, Berwick and Somersworth by canoe or kayak on Sunday, August 3, 2014. Learn about the historic points of interest and conservation land along the Salmon Falls River between Front Street in Rollinsford and New Dam Road in Berwick while enjoying the lovely scenery along the way!
Please arrive at 12:30pm so we can cast off by 1:00. We will be gone a couple of hours.
The cost is $5.00 per person, payable upon arrival. (Cash or check only please)
NO CHARGE for SRC and ARCH members!
To register or to get more information, please email email@example.com, or call 603-767-7042. Directions will be sent with your registration confirmation. You are asked to bring your own watercraft and PDF(life jacket); however, there are limited boats available for those who need them. Please notify us at registration if you need a boat.
Strafford Rivers Conservancy: http://straffordriversconservancy.org
The Association for Rollinsford Culture and History: http://www.paulwentworthhouse.org
The 2014 Celebration of Conservation was momentous, thanks to you!
- a live auction, with auctioneer Cheryll Andrews, who fostered high bidding on items ranging from special experiences and getaway packages to artwork and sporting goods
- the Marc LaForce Quartet
- presentation of the Ashton Hallett Conservation Award to long time SRC board member Steve Dibble
- catering by Dover, NH Italian cuisine master and longtime SRC supporter Mike Cartelli
- wine tasting by Dover Wine
- A few words by Brian Hart, Executive Director of Southeast Land Trust of NH about the upcoming merger of SRC and SELTNH
- A Lands "Fund-A-Need", lead by Paula Reid,which raised a considerable nest egg for stewardship of SRC's properties as the lands are transferred to Southeast Land Trust's care in the fall when the merger is due to be finalized.
Joseph Ford Wildlife Sanctuary Field Trip and Celebration
Thursday, July 24, 5:30-7:30 pm
Late last fall, NH Audubon helped play a key role in permanently protecting an ecological gem of the Oyster River watershed in Lee, NH. Come celebrate this ecologically-rich property on a special access field led by Phil Brown, Director of Land Management. Following the field trip through fields maintained for birds and other wildlife, we will celebrate with hors’ d’oeuvres and light refreshments as the evening sets in. Bring binoculars, a drink, and dress for the weather and insect pests. Co-sponsored with the Strafford Rivers Conservancy and the Town of Lee.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Phil Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (603) 224-9909 x334.
SRC, NH Audubon and Town of Lee Work to Preserve Ford Property
Lee resident Joe Ford loved wildlife, natural areas and the town of Lee: not necessarily in that order.
The Oyster River flows through the
eastern portion of the property.
Thanks to Mr. Ford, who passed away at age 82 in August of 2011, there will be 71 acres of land in Lee preserved in perpetuity that will benefit all three of his great loves. Upon his death he left his property to the town of Lee. From there, the town of Lee, the Strafford Rivers Conservancy (SRC) and New Hampshire Audubon worked in concert to ensure that Ford’s wishes that his property be “forever wild” became reality. Although the property has been conserved since 2008, the final easement was completed in November of this past year.
SRC Board President Sam Reid said, “Joe was a local character-beloved and respected in his hometown of Lee-whose great passion was land conservation. This beautiful property is his legacy.
The property contains significant wildlife and water resource features. It includes 7.5 acres of hay fields, 52.5 acres of forestland and 10 acres of floodplains. NH Fish and Game identifies 34 percent of the property as “Tier 1”, indicating that this portion contains the “highest-ranking habitats by ecological condition in the state.”
“Joe loved animals and birds, his quiet life on Garrity Road, and public dialog,” says Cathy Short, Mr. Ford’s neighbor for more than 20 years. “For many years, Joe and others met on Sunday afternoons at my house for pie and preservation talk. He led the way for land conservation in the town of Lee until it became the norm at town meeting to vote in rather large chunks of money to be spent on land preservation and conservation easements, often with only a few minutes of discussion.”
The Oyster River flows south through the eastern portion of the property, with about 1,750 feet of frontage along both sides of the river. There is also 2,200 feet of frontage along Laynes Brook. The entire property is located within the Oyster River Core Focus Area identified by the Land Conservation Plan for New Hampshire’s Coastal Watersheds.
Ford’s expressed wish that the conserved land be “forever wild” means that native plants, trees and shrubs will not be cut or removed from the property. Any logging activities will be confined to the removal of invasive species and public access will be limited to activities that require no modifications to accommodate recreational activities.
This “hands-off” approach to conservation easement management is consistent with Ford’s longstanding passion for and commitment to preservation of natural areas.
Bill Pearce, a longtime friend of Ford’s who worked closely with Audubon and SRC to finalize the conservation easement on the property, noted that this non-interference with habitat for wildlife was of utmost importance to his friend.
“He was delighted by his deer herd, birds - all plants and animals,” said Pearce. “Thus, the easement restricts use of the property to non-impacting activities such as walking, bird-watching, snowshoeing...all without making paths, parking lots, etc.”
Strafford Rivers Conservancy and NH Audubon, primary and secondary easement holders respectively, hope to showcase portions of the property open for public access at a celebratory event in June. Stay tuned.
“This guy really represented what land conservation is all about. We are honored that SRC is tasked with watching over this beautiful stretch of land that was so important to him,” Reid said.
SRC Board Names One of Its Own to Interim Executive Director Position
The Strafford Rivers Conservancy Board of Directors has named long-time board Executive Committee member Linda McGivern to lead the organization forward as it evaluates its strategic alternatives during the next several months.
McGivern comes to the position with extensive experience working with the SRC in its financial and development realms. She has served as treasurer of the board for more than three years and, most recently, was co-chair of the committee that put together this past’s year’s Celebration of Conservation -- SRC’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
“SRC is in a great place,” McGivern said. “We are coming off our best fundraising year ever and so now we have a unique opportunity to take our time, take a close look at our organization here in its 25th year, and then make the important personnel and structural decisions that will be necessary.”
In addition to her conservationist leanings, McGivern is a master gardener and has an MFA in writing from the University of New Hampshire. She lives in Rollinsford, NH with her family, pets and plants.