"I am excited to be joining MLT for the summer to combine my love of the Bethel community, the outdoors, and education. For the past few years I have been studying Environmental Studies at Dartmouth and I am eager to put my studies to work. I am looking forward to finding ways to connect the Land Trust with people of all ages in the community. I have enjoyed going out into the field to check out all of MLT’s beautiful conservation lands, and making maps and guides for the public to learn more about how these lands can benefit all of us." Welcome, Molly.
The Mahoosuc Land Trust is delighted to announce it is the beneficiary of a bequest of 142 acres of land from the estates of Richard and Mary Valentine of Bethel. Dick and Mary Valentine, brother and sister, grew up in Pittsburg, PA, spending summers with their grandparents in Bethel. The Valentine family owned the farm for five generations.
The land, located on both sides of North Road, includes open fields, productive forests, Androscoggin River frontage and a two-story building. The Land Trust will be moving its offices to the second floor. The first floor will provide a community meeting space for educational programs and hands-on workshops in collaboration with local schools and community groups.
Jim Mitchell, Executive Director, tells us “in conversations with Dick Valentine, he would focus on the value of his land as wildlife habitat. He saw deer and bear from his porch and took a great interest in the waterfowl in the nearby creek. The Farm is a gift of love inspired by a deep connection to the land, its history and the community.”
The Mahoosuc Land Trust’s goal for the Valentine Farm Conservation Center is to create a place to connect people with the land and with other people. We want the Farm to become a dynamic conservation center where the experience of hands-on nature is foremost. The Land Trust Board of Directors is looking at uses of the Valentine Farm to include easily accessible nature trails, wildlife programs, and sustainable agriculture and forestry.
The Land Trust Board is optimistic that the Valentine Farm Community Conservation Area will be a living demonstration of how conservation can improve our lives and communities.
Join us for some outdoor work any or all of the next three Wednesday evenings (6/29, 7/6, 7/13) at the Valentine Farm. There will be a variety of outdoor chores like raking, brush pick up and gentle pruning. Sturdy footwear and insect repellant are recommended and please bring helpful garden tools. There will be water and snacks available as well as the satisfaction that comes with helping transform the Valentine family legacy into a community conservation center.
Please turn in the driveway at 162 North Road in Bethel and park in the field.
To register please click here or call 824-3806. Registration is requested but not required. Heavy rain and thunderstorms cancel.
Experience the sensation of walking among the largest evergreens in Grafton Notch and discover how evergreens are/were important to animals that inhabit these places, Native Americans, and early pioneers. Join recently retired National Park Naturalist Paul Motts on this cool one mile forest walk. Sturdy footwear, water, and insect repellent are recommended.
Please gather at the Step Falls Parking lot trailhead located off Rt. 26 N just before Grafton State Park.
To register please click here or call 824-3806. Registration is requested but not required. Heavy rain and thunderrstorms cancel.
• Unspoiled scenic views
• A clean and accessible Androscoggin River
• Pedestrian-friendly communities
• Protected wildlife habitats
• Outdoor recreation
• Preservation of plant diversity
• Promotion of working farms
• Productive and sustainable forests
• Education for an environmentally aware public