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MMRG’s Annual Meeting Festivities Attract a Crowd

The atmosphere was festive at Moose Mountains Regional Greenways’ (MMRG) Annual Meeting and Dinner held at the Wolfeboro Inn on February 4. After a silent auction/cocktail hour, the program included a brief business meeting with MMRG news, appreciations and elections, followed by dinner, award presentations, and a guest speaker.

 

Says MMRG Executive Director Virginia Long “We are delighted at the enthusiasm shown by the community. The room was filled with MMRG supporters and the silent auction was our most successful ever, raising $3,500.” The 68 auction items donated by area businesses and individuals (listed below) included nature books, hand crafted furniture, pick-your-own fruit certificates, local maple syrup products, art created just for the auction, firewood, and compost. Auction proceeds support MMRG’s land conservation and educational outreach work.

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Six Directors were elected to the Board (Dan Coons, Wolfeboro; Dawn Evans, At-Large, David Levin, At-Large; Bruce Rich, Wakefield; Art Slocum, Wolfeboro; Nancy Spencer Smith, Wakefield) joining six Directors with continuing terms(Jon Batson, At-large; Lorrie Drake, New Durham; Dulcie Lavender, Brookfield; Cyndi Paulin, Farmington; Steve Panish, Milton; Cynthia Wyatt, Milton ). A Director position representing Middleton is still open; interested persons are invited to contact Executive Director Virginia Long at (603) 473-2020. Art Slocum, Cynthia Wyatt, Jon Batson, and Dawn Evans were re-elected as Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, respectively.

 

Says Long, “The Annual Meeting gives us an opportunity to thank all those who make our work possible. We again thank the landowners who have worked with us to conserve their land as well as our partner organizations who help us do this work. This year we especially want to thank event co-sponsor Coyote Creek Outfitters of Rochester. Thanks also go to the Wolfeboro Inn for donating the use of their Winnipesaukee Ballroom for the event.”

 

MMRG announced that, for the first time, the organization will start holding conservation land and easements on a long-term basis. Says Director of Land Conservation, Keith Fletcher, “The decision to become a Land Trust grows out of more than a year of Strategic Planning. We will still work with conservation partners to find the best holder of the land or easement for a given project but with this new tool in our toolbox, we expect to do more conservation, faster.” “The transition will take time, however,” continues Fletcher, “We expect it could take up to a year to establish a stewardship fund and put our systems in place to hold land or easements.”

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Board Chair Art Slocum presented MMRG’s ‘Conservationist of the Year’ award to the Siemon Company of Watertown, CT, represented by CFO Tom Costello and part owner CK Siemon. Slocum lauded the company for its generous support of MMRG for the past 8 years as an underwriter of MMRG’s annual Woods, Water and Wildlife Festival. CK Siemon recollected how his father Carl Siemon had instilled the principles of conserving natural resources into him and all his siblings (including Cynthia Wyatt) as children. Costello informed the audience about the many ways the Siemon Company strives to be environmentally responsible.

 

Executive Director Virginia Long presented Robyn Olivares of Hampton, NH with MMRG‚s ‘2013 Volunteer of the Year’ award “in recognition of and appreciation for her great skill and dedication in designing and maintaining MMRG’s website on a volunteer basis for many years.” Says Long, “Please visit www.mmrg.info to view Robyn’s handiwork; in a month or so, you’ll also see several new improvements.”

 

Guest speaker Lamarr Clannon is an educator for Maine municipalities about non-point sources of water pollution. Her talk focused on the links between land use and water quality and how development impacts our water due to hard surfaces like roads and rooftops replacing the absorbing surfaces of forests. Clannon points out, “When it rains, the run-off from hard surfaces floods our streams with too much water. That water also carries with it the pollution that accumulated on roads and parking lots. This is especially troublesome when the pollution ends up in a river like the Salmon Falls that provides drinking water to 47,000 people.” Clannon also talked about ways to reduce the problem through low impact development techniques like rain gardens, green roofs and porous pavement that clean polluted rain water and save developers money compared to traditional pipe and pond techniques.

 

Where possible, water quality is best protected by preserving the forested land itself, which serves as a natural water filter. MMRG, a non-profit land conservation organization, works to conserve and connect valuable water resources, farm and forest lands, wildlife habitats, and recreational land in Brookfield, Farmington, Middleton, Milton, New Durham, Wakefield, and Wolfeboro. Throughout the year, MMRG offers many educational opportunities to inform all ages about the importance of protecting our region’s natural resources. For more information, visit www.mmrg.info or email info@mmrg.info.

 

Thanks to all our silent auction donors!
Azure Rising
Rolfe Barron
Dottie Bean
Birds and Beans Coffee
Branch Hill Farm
Lorrie Drake
Earthtenders
Elissa Paquette Photos
Garwoods Restaurant
Granite Steak and Grill
Gundalow Company
Duane & Sandy Hammond
Harbor's Edge Restaurant
Jay Fortune Custom Carpentry
Jenesis Gardens and Design
Juls Twombley Multi-Media Artist
Kittery Trading Post
Dulcie Lavender
David Levin
Janice and Tim Long
Virginia Long
Made on Earth
Maplestone School
McKenzie's Farm
Meadow View Sugar House
Milton Hardware
New England Furniture
NH Farm Museum
Steve Panish
Mort and Evelyn Panish
Parsons Furniture
Lee Prescott
Salmon Press
Darayl Remick
Siemon Family
Art and Lynne Slocum
Nancy Spencer Smith
Susann Foster Brown Studio
Trager Massage, LLC
Via Lactea
Johanna Vienneau
Windjammers Restaurant
Wolfeboro Inn
Inger Worheide

Cynthia Wyatt

 

 

 

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