On a crisp autumn day New Durham residents and members of Moose Mountains Regional Greenways enjoyed a guided hike and interactive presentation at Widow-Maker Farm. Landowners Victor Piekarski and Gloria Switalski are generously donating 115 acres of their land to conservation, which will allow them to live on the property, but they will give up the rights to develop it. The beautiful and serene landscape at Widow-Maker Farm includes high quality wildlife habitat, pristine water resources, headwater streams, health working forests, and many historical features. The conservation easement project recently received state-wide recognition with a $15,000 grant award from the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program. To learn more about the project, visit Moose Mountains Regional Greenways.
In addition to documenting the community gathering and hike with photos, I filmed a short video for the Land Trust Alliance's "Land is My" contest. How do people feel about the land? Does it benefit their health and well-being? Check out the video and photos from the day, below, to find out.
For more photos and information about Widow-Maker Farm, read the article, "LCHIP Award Gives Funding Boost to New Durham Conservation Project; MMRG Event Showcases the Land and its Values."