The benefits to the watershed from these projects are numerous including:
- Protection of wetlands and vernal pools
- Protection of woodlands and agricultural lands
- Protection of high value habitats as identified in the regional coastal conservation plans
- Frontage on streams
- Cultural and historic resources – the Burley farmstead is listed on the national register and Berrybrook farm has a mill foundation
- Protection of source water areas for clean drinking water resources
- Connections to existing conservation lands that help to create large swaths of land to support larger wildlife species
|Venal Pools are very important for the lifecycle of reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates|
There were five organizations and towns who received funding including: The Town of Fremont, Southeast Land Trust of NH, The Nature Conservancy, Moose Mountains Regional Greenways andStrafford Rivers Conservancy.
“The PREP/GBRPP Land Transactions Grants are instrumental to the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire’s work. The grants awarded to the Land Trust helped us facilitate successful negotiations with landowners by providing much needed funds for real estate appraisals on a popular 260-acre farm in Epping that has extensive frontage on the Lamprey River, one of the State’s two federally designated Wild and Scenic Rivers, and toward the acquisition costs of over 200 acres of farm and forest land in Epping that will be permanently conserved for future local food production.” Said Duane Hyde, Southeast Land Trust’s Land Protection Director.
The next 2015 RFP and application for land transaction grant fund will be available online through the PREP and GBRPP webpages by 10/1/2014, grants due 1/30/2015.