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.
View from Phoebe's Nable in Middleton, NH. Photo by Emily Lord. CLICK HERE to view or download our new CONSERVATION ACTION PLAN and RESOURCE MAPS.

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.

Click here to read more about our conservation planning process.

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Conservation News

LCHIP ceremony for Leary Field & Forrst

LCHIP Award Ceremony: State Officials on the left, Landowners Bob & Debbie Leary at center back; MMRG Staff, Board and volunteers on the right. 

MMRG Awarded $100,000 from LCHIP to Conserve Leary Field & Forest in Farmington

MMRG is delighted to announce that we have received a 2017 New Hampshire Land & Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) grant award to conserve 63+ acres of field and forest on Bob and Debbie Leary’s family farm on Hornetown Road, in a rural section of Farmington.   At the December 4 LCHIP award ceremony in Concord, MMRG Executive Director Patti Connaughton-Burns accepted the $100,000 grant award for Leary Field & Forest, one of 42 different LCHIP awards for projects across the state, totaling 3.6 million dollars this year.

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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 Upcoming Events

Kids Snowshoe Shuffle; photo by Emily Lord
Kids pull sleds in 2018 Kids Snowshoe Shuffle; photo by Emily Lord

 ‘Moose Mountains RunAround’ and ‘Kids Snowshoe Shuffle’ Got Enthusiastic Response

Getting out in the snow is great for the entire family — that was the takeaway message from the 4th annual Moose Mountains RunAround snowshoe race and new Kids Snowshoe Shuffle last Saturday morning, at Abenaki Ski Area in Wolfeboro. More than 50 snowshoe racers, kids, family members and volunteers came out to compete in the race, have fun in the kids’ activity, or help out with this fundraiser benefitting our new ‘MOOSE-ies for Families’ program.

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Forester Charlie Moreno shows a milled board to woodworkers attending the Forest to Workbench workshop
Forester Charlie Moreno teaching ‘Wood: Forest to Workbench’ workshop; photo by Kari Lygren

Two Forestry Workshops Inspired Woodlot Owners and Woodworkers

In early November, Moose Mountains Regional Greenways (MMRG) teamed up with Branch Hill Farm/the Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust to offer two forestry workshops led by consulting forester Charlie Moreno. ‘Restoration of a Forest’ and ‘Wood: From Forest to Workbench’ showcased two Branch Hill Farm-owned properties in Milton where Moreno has worked to improve the long term quality of the forest through sustainable forestry practices.

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Active discussion at CC Mixer breakout group
Active breakout group discussion during 2017 CC Mixer; photo by Virginia Long

5th Annual ‘CC Mixer’: Working with our Towns to Conserve Land

Our 5th annual ‘CC Mixer’ attracted more than 30 regional Conservation Commissioners, MMRG Directors and members, and interested  residents to spend an October evening sharing ideas and learning how towns and conservation partners can make use of our new Conservation Action Plan. The event is planned each year to facilitate networking, information-sharing and joint conservation planning among our 7 service towns: Brookfield, Farmington, Middleton, Milton, New Durham, Wakefield, and Wolfeboro.

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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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Full moon over Leary field; photo byKate Wilcox
Full moon over Leary Field & Forest;  photo by Kate Wilcox

Moonlight Walkers Watched Full Moon Rise over Leary Field & Forest

MMMRG held a guided Moonlight Walk in October to showcase our Leary Field & Forest conservation project on Bob and Debbie Leary’s property in Farmington.  Twenty people came out to learn about the project’s important natural, recreational, and historical assets.  The program featured naturalist Sally Cornwell of Wolfeboro, who shared traditional Native American stories while the harvest moon rose in the view shed.

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