2011 marks 50 years since The Nature Conservancy's first protection effort in New Hampshire. The project - a 400-acre peninsula between Lake Nubanusit and Spoonwood Pond in Hancock and Nelson - would also be the Conservancy's first in all of Northern New England, marking an institutional milestone.
Known then as the "Louis Cabot Preserve" and affectionately as "the island" by locals, this land's story is one rich with history: a family's legacy, a development plan, a grassroots fundraising effort that didn't cower in the face of a seemingly impossible task and a young conservation organization ready to take the plunge along with those local "nature lovers".
Want to have fun exploring the places that YOU helped us protect? Gather the family for the 50th Anniversary Preserve Letterboxing Challenge! What's letterboxing, you ask? Find out and join in today!
View highlights from the big celebration on Lake Nubanusit.
Immerse yourself in the story that started it all.
A lot has happened in New Hampshire since the Conservancy's first protection effort in 1961.