Completed Conservation Projects
The Strafford Rivers Conservancy is a regional land trust whose purpose is to protect the natural resources, beauty, and character of lands in Strafford County. Following is a list of completed Strafford Rivers Conservancy conservation projects totaling over 2,884 acres. View the map showing the locations of these conserved properties. For images of the property, click on the property name (please note, the photos will appear in a new browser window - be sure to turn off your "pop-up blocker").
Learn more about the Stonehouse Pond Conservation Project on the Trust for Public Land website, including a slide show and how you can support the effort to protect public access to Stonehouse Pond.
Primary Easement Holder
Executory (Backup) Holder
We are pleased to announce the completion of the Dr. Alexander Smith land conservation project on December 28, 2012. CONGRATULATIONS to ALEX and EDNA SMITH and their family for officially conserving 78.5 acres of this spectacular private property, consisting of a variety of woodlands, hayfields and pastures, by the granting of a conservation easement to the Strafford Rivers Conservancy (SRC) and our partners at the City of Rochester.
Anna Boudreau congratulates Edna & Alexander Smith at their conservation easement closing in December.
A sincere thank you goes out the City of Rochester, particularly the Conservation Commission, led by Deb Shigo, and Planning Director Kenn Ortmann and Caroline Lewis in the Planning Department, who remained very supportive throughout the public process at the municipal level.
The Smith's property consists of 781 feet of undeveloped, scenic frontage along Estes Road and 250 feet along Howard Brook. In addition, it contains hayfields and pastures consisting of prime agricultural soils, as well as forestland made up of sapling mixed hardwood regenerating woodlands and over 50 acres of mature well-managed mixed woodlands. The lush beauty and natural resource value of this parcel is further enhanced by the existence of vernal pools, a pond and four brooks that criss-cross the parcel and drain into Howard Brook, which is also located on the property.
Thank you to all who worked so hard to make this special land conservation project possible, including the SRC staff and board of directors, but especially to the entire Smith family, who were an absolute joy to work with. Ultimately, it's the landowners who ensure that the dream of conserving our natural resources and the special places in the region becomes a reality. Congratulations to all!
Congratulations to Donald and Sylvia Whittum on the completion of their 98-acre conservation easement in Farmington, NH. We are pleased to announce that on December 21, 2012 this unique private property, located in the vicinity of Baxter Lake, was officially conserved by the Strafford Rivers Conservancy and the Town of Farmington, with assistance from Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership – UNH Cooperative Extension.
View of a field on the Whittum conservation land located in Farmington, New Hampshire.
Thank you to Donald and Sylvia Whittum for their patience throughout the duration of this 3-year conservation easement project! In addition, a special thank you goes out to David Connolly, Chair of the Farmington Conservation Commission for his diligence during the process and to the Farmington Board of Selectmen for their support.
Thank you to those who recently renewed your annual membership or made an additional year end contribution. Your support remains vital to our success in monitoring our existing conservation lands and for conserving additional properties every year. We appreciate your commitment to protecting our natural resources and your investment in preserving the special landscapes of the region, not only for all of us to enjoy and benefit from today, but for the future of our communities and to benefit generations to come.