Closed in February 2023
Closed in September of 2022
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.
Closed in January 2023
Kenric Nelson and his extended family are pleased to announce the permanent conservation of 35 acres of marshlands and forest in the Squam Lakes Watershed. The property on the west side of Rt 3 and north of Rt 25 B (across from Savoie’s Lodging) contains a significant portion of Hale’s Swamp, which feeds Squam Lake via Swainey Brook and Lake Winnipesaukee via Hawkins Brook. Given the significant conservation value and long family history of ownership, preserving this wilderness has been very important to Kenric and his family.
Kenric fondly remembers walking the land with his grandparents and extended family. He developed a passion for wilderness as a counselor at Deerfoot Lodge in the Adirondacks. During the isolation of the COVID pandemic, he memorialized those high school experiences in a series of poems, An Adirondack Guide.
Closed in August of 2022
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.
Sturtevant Woods lV
Closed in November of 2022
DONATED conservation easement
This small but mighty .65 acre forested lot shares a meaningful history in the establishment of the NH Wetlands Protection Act in 1978. This conservation easement is the result of a settlement to quiet title on the remaining “Asquam Lake Beach and Ski Club” 1966 subdivision which would have resulted in a 600 lot development in Sturtevant Bay but was deemed unfeasible due to lack of suitability for the proposed sewage systems and establishment of minimum lot size.
Acquired by Richard Starbuck in 1992 for the purpose of placing the land in conservation, Sturtevant lV is the last of the consolidated plots from the failed ALBSC subdivision. Sturtevants I, II, and III were put into conservation in 2015 by like-minded individuals.
Click to read some of the history of the Asquam Lake Beach and Ski Club project.
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.