What makes the Squam community so attractive also makes it threatened. The region has experienced surges in building permits, boat registrations, hikers, school enrollments, and home prices. Forever Squam is our opportunity to make the case that conserving one’s property preserves the beauty and character of that land forever. Conserving it in conjunction with others enhances the impact of each project while building on Squam’s tradition of conservation and working together as a community.


To know Squam is to love Squam.
The “Forever Squam Initiative and Campaign” is about conserving what we love by building on past conservation successes while challenging the entire community to extend its commitment to protecting Squam’s natural resources at this critical time.


The campaign goal is to raise $4.0 million in new funds from a range of donors across the watershed. When added to $1,000,000 from remaining Squam Uplands funds, it creates a five-million dollar pool of funds to mobilize for the permanent protection of land to be allocated for three categories of expenses:

• $3,500,000 for bargain-sale purchases of conservation easements or land;
• $900,000 for the perpetual stewardship of 60 new properties.
• $600,000 for transactional costs of donated conservation easements or land.


• Land conservation is a significant part of Squam’s history and character.
• We all benefit when people have equitable access to nature.
• Conservation land contributes to mitigating climate change.
• Nature has intrinsic value that helps us lead healthy, well-balanced lives.
• Only by working together can we accomplish our goals.
• Learning about the wonders of nature begins in childhood and lasts a lifetime.
• Each of us has a role to play to steward and conserve this place we love.


Please join us by making your commitment to Squam’s future by completing the Forever Squam pledge form or clicking on the “Donate Now” button. You are a vital link in Squam’s ever-evolving story. Gifts of stock, multi-year pledges, donor-advised funds, and other means of donating are welcome. Please contact us to discuss the many options for contributing to this important effort. (603) 968-7900

Conserve what you love!


Sturtevant Woods lV

Sturtevant Woods lV

Closed in November of 2022

DONATED conservation easement






Lamb Brook Farm

Lamb Brook Farm

Closed in May of 2022

BARGAIN SALE conservation easement

On May 20th, Brice Bennett contributed a bargain-sale conservation easement protecting 18.6 acres abutting the Eastman Brown and Beij Preserve conservation lands on East Holderness Road in Holderness. Lamb Brook Farm became the third completed Forever Squam project, and the first to tap funds specifically earmarked for bargain-sale purchases.

The land surrounding the farm buildings includes the Lamb Swamp Brook and related wetlands designated as Prime Wetland by the town of Holderness. This wetland drains into White Oak Pond and eventually into Big Squam Lake. Ensuring the protection of wetlands is one of the many focus areas of the Forever Squam initiative. We are grateful of Brice’s commitment to conservation and our community, much in the spirit of local conservation giants Pierce and Kay Beij, who also permanently protected part of the Lamb Brook Swamp wetland system.

Haskell Preserve

Haskell Preserve

Closed in September of 2022

BARGAIN SALE fee title
The Haskell Preserve is a 45-acre tract
with almost one mile of lake frontage on
White Oak Pond in Holderness, including
Pine Island. This special property has a long lineage that dates back to 1774 when King George III granted the land to William Williams. The land was conveyed to a series of familiar local names, including Whitten, Shepard, Livermore, Merrill and Piper.
We are grateful to Bob Haskell for selling the land to us to eliminate any possibility of disturbing this unspoiled land comprising the longest stretch of land under single ownership on White Oak Pond. This land abuts the Brown Preserve and Lamb Brook Swamp. The shore is covered with huckleberries and highbush blueberries, and the land is one of the most mature forests in the Squam watershed, providing a haven for an abundance of wildlife, including deer, moose, bear, hawks, turtles, amphibians, and racoons.
Thompson Preserve

Thompson Preserve

Closed in April of 2022

DONATED fee title

John and Carol Thompson graciously donated the fee title to 13.75 acres of forested land located on College Road in Center Harbor, now known as the Thompson Preserve. The Thompsons acquired the land in 1993, and in 2013, donated a conservation easement to us ensuring the forest would continue to flourish. In late May, the Thompsons decided to donate the full fee title to us. Historically, this land was cleared for agricultural purposes as indicated by more than 2,400’ of stone walls. College Road is one of the first highways laid out in NH connecting Provincial Governor John Wentworth’s home in Wolfeboro to Dartmouth College in Hanover.

This generous gift complements the nearby Chamberlain Reynolds and Damon I & II conserved areas across the road, providing a more enhanced corridor for wildlife and water quality protection. In addition to maintaining the mature forest, the property can also be used for outdoor educational purposes as the natural habitat of plants and wildlife have been undisturbed for decades.

Merrill Island

Merrill Island

Closed in August of 2022

BARGAIN SALE conservation easement
The largest of Squam Lake’s undeveloped islands, Merrill Island in Holderness lies at the heart of Big Squam Lake. With one mile of shoreline and 22 acres of land rising up 40 feet above lake level, Merrill Island was the largest undeveloped, unprotected island in the Lakes Region. It provides important habitat for plant and animal species, including a variety of aquatic and semi-aquatic species.
Fortunately, since 1897, this scenic island across from Church Island has been stewarded by the Webster family, with the current ownership in the hands of Burleigh Land Limited Partnership, owners of 2,500 acres of conserved forestland on the Squam Range. With the purchase of this highly-protective conservation easement, Merrill Island will remain undeveloped and a scenic highlight from the public waters of Squam Lake and its ring of mountains.
Sanford Doyle Forest II

Sanford Doyle Forest II

Closed in February 2022

DONATED conservation easement

Sanford-Doyle Forest II is a 10-acre forested tract on Perkins Lane in Holderness. It is defined by its steep northerly-facing slope. The forest canopy is dominated by red oak, American beech, sugar maple, and red maple. Yellow birch, hemlock, white ash, white birch, white pine, and basswood are scattered throughout the property in varying densities. There is an abundance of wildlife sign, such as scrapes in the leaf litter made by deer and turkey in their hunt for beech nuts and acorns. In addition, evidence of bear activity was observed, and an abundance of small mammals, such as gray squirrels, chipmunks, and mice species. The rocky drainages could act as suitable denning sites for long and short-tailed weasels, chipmunks, mice, and garter snakes. The presence of prey species could draw larger predators, such as gray fox, coyotes, bobcats, and barred owls.

About the donors:
Jim Sanford and Jean Doyle acquired this 11-acre property in 2013. The attraction was two-fold: additional protection and the property has a small cabin that could provide extra housing to their abutting camp property on Little Squam. Jim and Jean donated a conservation easement on the abutting 10.4 acres in 2014. They have been SLCS members for a long time and are very supportive of land conservation. Jim is an alumnus of Camp Pasquaney on Newfound Lake, which was his intro to the Lakes Region. Jean was on the faculty of Brown for many years prior to her passing in 2020.