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Our Mission

The purpose of MMRG is to identify and conserve important natural resource areas, including water resources, farm and forestlands, wildlife habitat, recreational areas, cultural and scenic areas; to educate others about these efforts, and to join protected lands to form greenways.
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View from Phoebe's Nable in Middleton, NH. Photo by Emily Lord.

MMRG Engaged in Regional Conservation Action Planning


When MMRG’s mission expanded to become a land trust, we became keenly aware that preserving land forever requires resources that are limited and require smart decisions. In order to prioritize our conservation projects, MMRG engaged in a year-long conservation planning process for our seven town service area: Brookfield, Farmington, Middleton, Milton, New Durham, Wolfeboro, and Wakefield. Our Conservation Action Plan, ‘Our Home, Our Land, Our Tomorrow‘, is now complete.

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Conservation News

Leary Field and Forest hayfield

Scenic hayfield at Leary Field & Forest;   photo by Kirsten Gehl

Leary Field &  Forest: Conserving Farmland in Farmington

In early Spring 2017, MMRG began a new land conservation project with Bob and Debbie Leary who own a farm along Hornetown Road, a rural section of Farmington. The Learys look forward to conserving 60+ acres of field and forest, forever, to honor the three generations of family who have farmed, sugared and forested this land on the Farmington Ridge.

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WidowMaker Farm Easement Project

Beaver pond at WidowMaker Farm has valuable wildlife habitat

WidowMaker Farm Easement Project

MMRG’s  conservation easement project for WidowMaker Farm in New Durham received State‐wide recognion from NH’s LCHIP Grant program because of its important conservation values.  With the LCHIP grant and private donations, we are 90% of the way towards our goal of $52,000 needed to conserve this special place, forever.

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150 Acres in Brookfield Conserved for Wildlife

Fred Cann with his daughters Stefanie Marsh (l) and Jodi Thiele (r)

150 Acres in Brookfield Conserved for Wildlife

The family of the late Edna Cann has honored her memory as wife, mother, and lover of wildlife by conserving 150 acres, named the Split Rock Conservation Area, that surround the family home in Brookfield. The Cann family donated a conservation easement on the property to Moose Mountains Regional Greenways. The easement ensures that the natural resources of the land will be preserved in perpetuity and that wildlife will be able to call this land home, forever.

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Recent Activities and Events

MMRG volunteer Tom Gardner captivates kids with Halloween game; photo by Kari Lygren
MMRG volunteer Tom Gardner captivates kids at Family Bonfire Storytime; photo by Kari Lygren

MOOSE-ies for Families Nature Activities Program Kick-off event

In late October, MMRG kicked off a new program of family nature activities, ‘MOOSE-ies for Families’, with a Family Bonfire Storytime held at McKenzie’s Farm in Milton. Ten participating kids and almost twice as many adults enjoyed a couple hours of songs, stories, games and s’more-making led by MMRG staff and volunteers.

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Dipping for treasures in the Branch River; photo by Emily Lord
Dipping for treasures in the Branch River during the WWW Festival;  photo by Emily Lord

Woods, Water & Wildlife Festival was a Day of Fun and Learning

Close to 700 people joined in a multitude of activities celebrating our great outdoors as part of the 15th annual Woods, Water & Wildlife Festival in Milton Mills.  Presented by Moose Mountains Regional Greenways (MMRG) and Branch Hill Farm (BHF), this annual festival provides a day of fun, exploration and learning about nature for families, a crucial step in making sure the next generation appreciates and strives to conserve our region’s natural resources.

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Connectivity Map; photo by Emily Lord
New Connectivity Map for Conservation Planning;  photo by Emily Lord

MMRG Unveiled its new Regional Conservation Plan

MMRG introduced its final Conservation Plan, “Our Home Our Land Our Tomorrow”, and planning maps to a gathering of approximately 70 people at the Pinckney Boat House at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro on the picture-perfect summer evening of July 18.

Patti Connaughton-Burns, Executive Director of MMRG, opened the program by sharing how MMRG had started the planning process by asking itself how it could best serve the region.

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