Wallace Marsh

Fee-owned property conserved in the Summer of 2021

Wetlands are an instrumental resource for protecting the health of natural communities and water resources. The Wallace Marsh, located along Route 113 on the town line of Holderness and Sandwich, sits on 4.4 acres of wetland habitat that is part of the greater Smith Brook catchment area, which is the largest tributary that drains into Squam Lake. Purchased in the summer of  This local watering hole supports an abundance of wildlife. There have been sightings of moose, bear, and deer; trail camera footage that has picked up bobcats, coyotes, raccoons, mink, and porcupines; an abundance of migratory songbirds; and home to various reptiles and amphibians. Even more significant is the role that this acquisition plays. It connects the formerly conserved Mick Stanley and Allan Preserves to create a 63 acre area through which wildlife may pass without interruption and ensures the continued preservation of our fresh water resources here on Squam.

Jackson Pond

Conservation easement conserved in the Summer of 2021

Situated on the quiet shores of Jackson Pond, this 2.6 acre property is the first conserved parcel on the shores of Jackson Pond. The town of New Hampton donated an easement us this parcel in order to preserve the aesthetic and natural beauty of this quiet pond.

West Squam Rangeway

Fee-owned property conserved in the Spring of 2021

At the beginning of April 2021, SLCS closed on the purchase of a 112-acre property that permanently protects the western flank of the Squam Range. This property and two of its neighbors (both of which SLCS owns) have now been combined into what we are calling the West Squam Rangeway.

Collectively, this 148-acre property sits along Route 175 and stretches up to the ridge that continues north forming the Squam Range. From mountain streams that course through walls of granite, to wetlands, and to mature mixed forests, the West Squam Rangeway has rich wildlife habitat (including winter wrens!) that is crucially connected to thousands of acres of conserved land to the north, all of which SLCS and its partners continue to steward.

Kathryn’s Field and Simmons Woods

Conservation easement conserved in the Winter of 2020

With a stunning view of Red Hill, Kathryn’s Field features prominently in the Upper Asquam Preserve as one of the area’s largest fields. A conservation easement for this 9.4 acre property was recorded in the fall of 2020. Located off Taylor Road in Sandwich, the prominent field is a reminder of the past agricultural history when sheep grazed in full view of the surrounding mountains.

Located at the junction of Route 113 and Taylor Road, Simmons Woods is a 6-acre woodlot in Sandwich that is also encompassed by the Upper Asquam Preserve. An acre of wetland transects the conservation easement flowing east to Lost Lake. The wood line along Route helps to buffer the wetland from immediate runoff of salt and chemicals from the road.

Martin-Demos Woods

Conservation easement conserved in the Fall of 2020

Martin-Demos Woods is defined by its beautiful and wild forest. Evidence of black bear activity was found throughout the property underneath a canopy of majestic king pines. Martin-Demos Woods is seated in a prime position to complete the Upper Asquam Preserve, which stretches from Intervale Pond in the west to the eastern banks of Barville Pond. Thus, in the summer and fall of 2020, a conservation easement was pursued and finalized.

This property boasts a unique species, the three-bird’s orchid. This little flowering plant was discovered on one of the select few days of the year when these flowers bloom. In addition, the property is covered in mature forest, has 1000’ of frontage on Barville Pond, and an acre of wetland. A nearly 11-acre sugar bush has been managed for years and continues to be tapped for the sugaring operation on this 81-acre property.

Michael Preserve

Fee-owned property conserved in the Summer of 2020

The Michael Preserve is a 13 acre parcel in Sandwich at the intersection of the Holderness Road (Route 113) and Coolidge Farm Road. The land was purchased by SLCS with charitable donations from community members to restore the land to a natural condition. The property features a large pollinator field, two streams flowing into Intervale Pond and eventually Squam Lake, forested wetlands and floodplain, and a mature forest east of Thompson Brook framed by impressive stonewalls.

The Conservation Society acquired the property “as is” after being on the open market for over two years. The property included a house that has been vacant for over five years and was assembled from three different structures brought to the site many years ago. The dilapidated wood-frame barn adjacent to the house was removed a year prior to our acquisition. Our decision to acquire this property was grounded on providing substantial public benefit by returning the land to a natural condition.

Tompkins Preserve

Fee-owned property conserved in the Summer of 2020

Located at the intersection of Mill Bridge Rd and Route 113 (Chick’s Corner), the Tompkins Preserve was an exemplary property for conserve. Its location in the area known as the Upper Asquam Preserve (the land that is bordered to the north by Route 113, to the south by the northern shore of Squam Lake, to the west by Intervale Pond, and to the east by Squam Lake Rd) significantly contributes to the goal of conserving this area of the Squam Watershed. Conserving this property completes a contiguous block of conserved forest that stretches for over 2-miles.

In the summer of 2020, the Tompkins Preserve was bought outright as a fee-owned property. With much planning, a trail was constructed through the property to give the public access to Lost Lake. This quiet, little trail boasts tranquil forests, beautiful streams and rocky outcrops, the former state champion black ash tree, and the chance to see an abundance of wildlife and their signs.

The hydrology of this property made it a priority to conserve. There are ~3350’ of streams, numerous vernal pools, and 15.6-acres of wetland. Part of the wetland complex is comprised of black ash, which is relatively uncommon in this part of the state. In the coming years, sample sites of black and white ash will be treated in order to protect them from the emerald ash borer (EAB).

Fontaine-Meeh Conservation Area

Conservation easement conserved in the Spring of 2020

The former Longhaul Farm property was purchased by Meagan Fontaine and Gemini Meeh in the past three years. Soon after, they approached SLCS with the idea of placing the back half of their property into conservation easement.

The new easement, Fontaine-Meeh, features 17.8-acres of hemlock, maple, birch, and beech forest. Conserving this parcel of land helps to unite the surrounding conservation land called Burleigh. This easement has the benefit of protecting ~1000’ of Howe Brook, which courses down from the Squam Range to the northwest before flowing directly into Squam Lake.