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HISTORY of the SOUHEGAN VALLEY LAND TRUST

The Souhegan Valley Land Trust was originally incorporated as a private non-profit in the early 70ís. The purpose of the trust was to promote or otherwise engage in active participation of conservation of land and water resources in the Souhegan Valley.

Historical projects accomplished by the trust include the acquisition of Upper Purgatory Falls in Mont Vernon and Lyndeborough, and lands in the Tucker Brook Forest off of Savage Road in Milford. The land trust made donations to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forest for the Monson property in Milford and to preserve Sheldrick Forest. These lands are currently held by their associated town conservation commissions or other organizations with objectives similar to the Trustís.

In 2003, the Souhegan Valley Land Trust elected a new board of trustees, relieving longtime President Bill Ferguson. The SVLT is a member of the Land Trust Alliance. As communities continue to expand, and development pressures increase, there is a need for a regional land trust to be active and ready to facilitate landowners' wishes to protect their property. The SVLT will act as a resource for local conservation organizations which need help in creating, monitoring and funding land protection measures.

The land trust currently has had board members from the towns of Amherst, Brookline, Milford, Lyndeborough, Mont Vernon, and Wilton. Efforts are underway to seek broad memberships from the participating towns within the region of the watershed. Memberships however, are not limited to participating towns only. They are also open to anyone from anywhere interested in the conservation of the Souhegan Watershed area.

2010 Souhegan Valley Land Trust Board Officers
Jessie Salisbury; (Lyndeborough)  President
Judy Hohenadel (Milford)  Secretary/Treasurer
Whitney Carpenter (Wilton)  Land Steward