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.
Help celebrate the SELT/SRC merger at SELT’s Fall Foliage Fundraiser
Please join SRC and SELT on Friday, Oct. 24 for the Fall Foliage Fundraiser in Portsmouth. The event, to be held beginning at 6 p.m. at the Portsmouth Harbor Events and Conference Center on Deer Street, is the major fundraiser of the year for Southeast Land Trust. It represents the first official occasion in which SRC members and SELT members will come together to work toward the common goal of funding the newly minted regional land trust that will come from the merger of SRC and SELT.
If you are unable to attend the event, please follow the link to SELT’s event website and register to bid on the many fun auction items that are currently available for bidding.
SRC's Kevin McEneaney and this year's Stonehouse Pond Celebration of Conservation excursion winner Alison Sollee.
|SRC's Kevin McEneaney led a hearty group of SELT and SRC supporters up to the top of Stonehouse Pond on Oct. 18.|
SELT/SRC’s Stonehouse Pond weekend
The temperatures were still respectable. The foliage was near peak. It was the perfect weekend for some Stonehouse Pond-ing and members of both the Southeast Land Trust and Strafford Rivers Conservancy took advantage of the conditions to visit one of SRC’s most beautiful properties.
Kevin McEneaney, longtime SRC board president and current resident Stonehouse Pond expert, made the weekend’s excursions possible with his knowledge of the geology, flora and fauna of this unique property. McEneaney brought a group of more than 20 people for a Saturday hike at Stonehouse for a combined SELT and SRC outreach event. Then he went back the next day with Alison Sollee, a longtime SRC supporter who was one of three high bidders on the Stonehouse Pond easement excursion offered by McEneaney at SRC’s June fundraising auction.
During the hike in from the parking area Saturday, longtime SRC board member Nancy Carmer spotted a barred owl. To the delight of the crowd, Carmer called the owl and it swooped over to a tree near to the group of SELT and SRC hikers.
“It was amazing,” said Carmer. “After I called the the owl, it cocked its head and flew into a tree right above us. I think it figured out pretty quickly we weren’t owls though.”
The group hiked for about 15 minutes to get to the top on what was a somewhat overcast but warm day, leading to limited but comfortable viewing.
On Sunday, Sollee, McEneaney and SRC interim Executive Director Linda McGivern had a cooler but cloudless day. Many other area residents took advantage of the clear skies to hike to the top of the rock outcropping at Stonehouse that provides vistas for miles around.
The Strafford Rivers Conservancy and the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire are merging!
The Strafford Rivers Conservancy and the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire are pleased to announce their merger into a unified land trust covering southeastern New Hampshire and the coastal watershed of Great Bay.
To our devoted members,
Putting down on paper the details of our proposed merger with the Southeast Land Trust signals once and for all that this is real and the deal is (mostly) done. So the writing of this letter is bittersweet. In a few short months, there will be no more Strafford Rivers Conservancy as we all have known it: that proverbial “little-engine-that-could” grassroots non-profit that chugged steadfastly along for 25 years, powered primarily by volunteers putting in super-human chunks of time to keep the machine running. It was a sweet thing to watch, and be part of. And more than 4,000 acres of protected land in Strafford County came out of those years.
But the time has come for the little engine to pull into the station and couple itself to the new-era bullet train. Suffice it to say, with the departure at the end of 2013 of long-time Executive Director Anna Boudreau came a unique opportunity to evaluate our organization and make a decision about its future. That’s when Brian Hart, Executive Director of the Southeast Land Trust, approached us with this great idea. After discussions that lasted the better part of the winter, both organizations decided a merger would be in the best interest of land conservation in the southeastern New Hampshire.
See those italics? The italics are there to emphasize that it is not the two organizations that are benefiting from this merger or that there is a comparison to be made between big vs. small, flush vs. poor or well-staffed vs. skeleton crew. Because ultimately this is not about any of those things but is about, instead, the preservation of open space – and how best to go about this – in southeast NH.
For all the reasons explained to you later in this document(see "Full Announcement" below), we are ecstatic about this merger. My most important task with this letter, however, is not to bore you with details but to encourage you all to support the new, stronger organization that will come out of it. From the very beginning of this process, we SRC people have been endlessly and regularly awed by the professionalism, warmth and capability of the Southeast Land Trust Board of Directors and staff. As the months have passed, our confidence has grown exponentially that our people and our easements are going to a better place. And we are working hard to ensure that Strafford County’s conservation needs will continue to be met in a big way with the new organization that will be born this coming fall. Members of our Lands Committee have identified important properties in Strafford County that the new organization will pursue. More than half of SRC Board members will serve on the board of the new organization. The Ashton Hallett Conservation Award will continue to be given out each year to recognize outstanding efforts on behalf of conservation in Strafford County.
In short, what will come from this is a better, stronger Strafford County world of conservation. We hope you will join us in continuing this important work: renew your membership in the new Southeast Land Trust this Fall; volunteer on a committee; attend outreach and fundraising events. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Sam Reid, President
Full Announcement: SLTNH_Merger.pdf
SRC/ARCH "River Paddle" event gets record attendance
|Participants prepare for their tour of the Salmon Falls River — history and conservation stories included!
|NH Audubon’s Phil Brown describes the Joe Ford Wild Sanctuary.|
|Chuck Cox provides the final link of five people to surround one of the property’s signature trees.|
Joe Ford Wildlife Sanctuary Fieldtrip
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.