LCHIP Grant Supports Conservation Easement at Crotched Mountain
Greenfield, NH – Crotched Mountain Foundation is pleased to announce that it has received a grant of $88,000 from the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) for a conservation easement it placed on 1,226 acres of its campus in Greenfield, NH.
The LCHIP grant helped to fulfill a requirement for local matching funds. The conservation easement was funded through a dual grant from the Forest Legacy Program of the USDA Forest Service and LCHIP. Under the easement, the majority of the Center’s campus, including an accessible trail system, will be forever conserved and open to the public for hiking, fishing, hunting and more.
“The Land and Community Heritage Investment Program is delighted to have the opportunity to help with the excellent work on land conservation and accessible trails at the Crotched Mountain Foundation,” said Rusty McLear,Chair, Land and Community Heritage Investment Program. “It is a rare and special opportunity to be able to assist with providing access to the natural resources that define New Hampshire to an under-served part of the population. We are honored to be partners in this highly valuable project.”
“We are grateful to the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) for this grant and more importantly for supporting a highly unique easement that provides accessible recreational activities for the public benefit,” said Donald L. Shumway, president and CEO, Crotched Mountain Foundation. “This is a prime example of the vital role LCHIP plays in conserving land and preserving resources for all New Hampshire citizens.”
Under the terms of the easement, Crotched Mountain retains ownership, but cannot develop the property except for outdoor recreation activities. The Center will also be able to continue sustainable forestry on the property, which has been a certified tree farm for over 25 years. The State of NH holds and will monitor the easement.
About Crotched Mountain Foundation
Crotched Mountain Foundation is a charitable organization founded in 1953 with a mission to serve individuals with disabilities and their families, embracing personal choice and development, and building communities of mutual support. Crotched Mountain provides specialized education, rehabilitation, community and residential support services for more than 3,000 people throughout New England and New York. For more information about Crotched Mountain, please visit www.crotchedmountain.org.
About The New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP)
LCHIP is an independent state authority that makes matching grants to NH communities and non-profits to conserve and preserve New Hampshire’s most important natural, cultural and historic resources. LCHIP works in partnership with New Hampshire municipalities and non-profits to acquire land and cultural resources, or interests therein, with local, regional and statewide significance. The legislatively mandated mission of the program is to ensure the perpetual contribution of these resources to the economy, environment and quality of life in New Hampshire.