Celebrating 60 Years of Conservation
1961: It was the year the Berlin Wall was built, dividing East and West Germany. John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps. Elvis was the king of rock n' roll. West Side Story and The Parent Trap both hit the theaters. And New Hampshire’s own Alan Shepard was launched into orbit—America’s first man in space.
1961 was a notable year for many reasons. But for The Nature Conservancy, it’s a pivotal one. It’s the year we conserved our very first property in New Hampshire—400 acres on Lake Nubanusit in Hancock and Nelson—and established the organization in the Granite State.
2021 marks the 60th year of TNC in New Hampshire. Since that first project, we’ve helped protect nearly 300,000 acres and more than 680 miles of river and stream shoreline across the state. And while much has changed over the decades, two things have remained the same: our dedication to protecting our natural world for future generations and our gratitude for your unwavering support of us and our shared mission.
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60 Years of Conservation in New Hampshire
Richard Bennink files paperwork to incorporate the New Hampshire Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, giving the organization the ability to raise, hold and spend funds in the state.
The Ossipee Pine Barrens Preserve is established in Ossipee, Freedom and Madison, New Hampshire. The preserve features globally rare, fire-dependent habitat.Ossipee Pine Barrens
The Green Hills Preserve is established with 2,800 acres in North Conway, New Hampshire. This iconic place would become one of TNC's most popular places to visit in the state.Green Hills Preserve
The Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership forms, with TNC as lead acquisition agent. The group is a collaboration between conservation organizations in the seacoast that promotes land conservation and stewardship.Learn More: GBRPP
Thanks, in part, to that bake sale, Sheldrick Forest Preserve is established with 227 acres in Wilton, conserving breathtaking old growth forest.Sheldrick Forest
Lubberland Creek Preserve is established in Newmarket. The preserve’s trails explore a mix of streams, swampy wetlands, grasslands, and dry forested uplands pocked with vernal pools.Lubberland Creek
The $5 million “Reaching for Greatness” fundraising campaign for Great Bay kicks off. The successful campaign will jump-start more land protection efforts throughout the watershed.
Loverens Mill Cedar Swamp Preserve is established in Antrim, protecting a globally rare Atlantic white cedar swamp.Loverens Mill
18,680 acres acquired in northern New Hampshire. 10,330 establish the Vickie Bunnell Preserve, named in honor of the murdered local judge.Vickie Bunnell
The uniquely urban Manchester Cedar Swamp Preserve is established in Manchester. It is the largest swath of conserved land in the Granite State's largest city.Manchester Preserve
TNC helps protect over 100,000 total acres in New Hampshire with the conservation of the Connecticut Lakes Headwaters.Fourth CT Lake
Marine Program launches. Oyster restoration becomes a focal point in the strategy to protect Great Bay.Marine Program
TNC takes over the Oyster Conservationist Volunteer Program, through which volunteers from around Great Bay raise baby oysters that are later placed on restored oyster reefs.OC Program
The first prescribed fire is lit in the Ossipee Pine Barrens Preserve, a globally-rare and fire-dependent habitat.Controlled Burning
The 4.2-mile Sweet Trail opens, linking Durham to Great Bay. The trail is named after Cy and Bobbie Sweet, incredible benefactors of conservation across the state.The Sweet Trail
The Potter Farm—now known as Maidstone Bends Preserve—is acquired and floodplain forest restoration begins on the Connecticut River.
The Staying Connected Initiative, a visionary partnership to conserve landscape connections across the Northern Appalachians, launches.Staying Connected
TNC deploys motion-sensing cameras to study wildlife movement across Route 3 in Coos County.Wildlife Cameras
TNC restores its 20th acre of oyster reef in the Great Bay watershed, 5 years ahead of the "20 By 2020" goal.Oyster Restoration
"Vision 2020," TNC's vision and priorities for the next five years, is unveiled. The plan tackles the bigger picture for conservation of our lands, waters and—for the first time—climate.
TNC begins field testing the Tidal Crossing Assessment Protocol, a new tool to evaluate the condition of tidal crossings throughout the seacoast.Tidal Culverts
The Bellamy River Dam at Sawyer Mills in Dover is removed, allowing the river to flow freely in this area for the first time in more than 360 years.Bellamy River Dam
A solar array is installed on the roof of the Great Bay Office, covering 100% of its power needs.
Advancing our commitment to work with businesses in sparking a clean energy future for the state, TNC and partners host the very first New Hampshire Energy Week.Clean Energy Future
OktoberForest—a collaboration with local breweries to celebrate the connections between healthy forests, clean water and good beer—launches in New Hampshire.Oktoberforest in NH
Supporters rally to raise $2.1 million to protect Kimball Hill Forest in Groton, safeguarding more than 2,700 acres and 10 miles to rivers and streams.Kimball Hill
TNC launches the Future of Nature Campaign, our ambitious effort to put New Hampshire on a more sustainable path by raising and investing $40 million in our state's climate, water and people.The Future of Nature
TNC collaborates with the Town of Newmarket to replace the culvert under Bay Road in Newmarket. The new structure allows Lubberland Creek to flow freely with the tides while making the roadway safer for people.
TNC opens a universally accessible trail at the Ossipee Pine Barrens, a first on our preserves in New Hampshire.Accessible Trail
5000+ disease-tolerant trees and shrubs planted along the Ashuelot and upper Connecticut rivers as part of New Hampshire’s two largest-ever floodplain forest projects.
We are committed to tackling the climate challenge, supporting healthy oceans, waters and lands, and ensuring equitable access for people to our lands and waters. Science guides where we work to achieve these goals while equity for people guides how we work.
TNC conserves Surry Mountain, 1,324 acres in the Monadnock region, safeguarding a resilient and connected landscape while providing clean drinking water to the City of Keene.Surry Mountain
Via their estate plans, David and Tanya Tellman donate 420 acres in Columbia, New Hampshire. Lime Pond becomes TNC's 30th preserve in the state.Lime Pond Preserve
New Hampshire is the first TNC program to deploy SOAR—Supporting Oyster Aquaculture and Restoration—an effort that purchases oysters from local oyster farmers for reef restoration.SOAR Program
Connect The Coast project identifies priority lands for conservation throughout the seacoast region that will allow wildlife the ability to roam more freely.Connect the Coast
Committed to access for all to nature, TNC works together with the community to break ground on a universally accessible trail at Manchester Cedar Swamp Preserve.Accessible Trail
The challenges facing our natural world have never been greater and the need for bold solutions has never been more urgent. Your support will allow us to put the best conservation science into action right now—for the next 60 years and beyond!