“Gilmanton’s Greatest Views—For Everyone, Forever!” CampaignView of Belknap Range, across Frisky Hill Tract, Rt. 107, Gilmanton Gilmanton Land Trust In Partnership With Five Rivers Conservation Trust Gilmanton Conservation Commission Gilmanton Historical Society (Photos: T. Howe, GLT, unless noted; All info as of 25 Sept. 2012)
“Before” HISTORICAL Meetinghouse Pond Tract • Flax “retting” pond & stone structure • Only one documented in NH! (& New England?) • Jon Hall had the vision... & “After”“During” removal of 200 yrs. of muck
EDUCATIONAL • Tours of flax site • Linen making demonstrations Interpreting flax “retting” site • Gilmanton School sixth-graders Gina Gerhard, “breaking” flax • Display of artifacts by Gilm. Historical Society?You CAN teach an old dog new tricks…
OUTCOMES• PERMANENT PROTECTION • CONSERVATION EASEMENTS HELD BY FIVE RIVERS CONSERVATION TRUST • USES LTD. TO AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY & OUTDOOR RECREATION• GUARANTEED PUBLIC ACCESS • PEDESTRIAN, SNOWMOBILING, FISHING, HUNTING
• FRISKY HILL & MEETINGHOUSE POND • OWNERSHIP BY GILM. CONSERVATION COMMISSION (SUBJECT TO C.E.) • PUBLIC INPUT, THEN MGT. PLAN • ADJACENT TOWN-OWNED TRACT RT. 107 UPPER & LOWER FIELDS, & LOON POND RD. • OWNERSHIP BY PVT. PARTIES • TO BE SOLD BY GILM. LAND TRUST (SUBJECT TO C.E.)
• NO IMPACT ON PROPERTY TAX REVENUES TO TOWN • TOWN FUND TO REPLACE LOST TAXES ($722/YR.) FOR 2 TOWN TRACTS FUTURE EDUCATIONAL TOURS & DISPLAYS, FLAX DEMONSTRATIONS, SCHOOL TRIPS, AND/OR….?
THE CAMPAIGN GOAL = $1,170,000EXPENSES • $840,000 Purchase price (1/3 below appraised value, w/ HUGE thanks to Twiggs!) • $146,000 Protection of adjacent land(s) • $93,000 Transaction exps. (legal, apprsl, taxes) • $40,000 Stewardship of CE’s • $20,000 Fund to replace taxes (est.) • $31,000 (2.6%) Fundraising, overhd., publicity, etc. $1,170,000 Total
REVENUES $531,750 Federal grant $284,250 Contributions--160 households $121,000 GLT sale of 2 tracts to pvt. parties (est.) $120,000 GLT sale of 2 tracts to Gilm. Cons. Comm. $1,057,000 Total secured/identified (90%) + $113,000 To be raised (10%) $1,170,000 TOTAL
VOLUNTEERS MAKE IT HAPPEN--AND FUN !60 volunteers to date, mostly from Gilmanton Barn cleanout crew Trail crew
HOW YOU CAN HELP:• WWW.GILMANTONLANDTRUST.ORG • READ THE STORIES!• JOIN THE CAMPAIGN BY CONTRIBUTING! • WEBSITE (PAYPAL), OR DONOR FORM * RECOGNITION & NAMING OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE (ASK TOM HOWE)
SAID ONE DONOR: “THESE LANDS ARE THE ESSENCE OF GILMANTON” IT’S ALL ABOUT COMMUNITY… WE LOOK FORWARD TO COMPLETING THIS PROJECT WITH YOU!