Conservation of the Leach parcel will protect a scenic natural landscape, wetland complex, and critical wildlife habitat in the Red Hill River Watershed and will add to the significant amount of conserved land in this watershed, which stretches from Red Hill Pond to Lake Winnipesaukee. It will expand the LRCT’s existing 372-acre Red Hill Conservation Area that is open to the public for hiking, snowshoeing, nature observation and education. A new trail on the Leach property will be named in honor of Jocelyn Gutchess who worked to conserve this property prior to her passing last year. A scenic ridge will be named in remembrance of David Leach.
I have learned that the LRCT has commitments for over three-quarters of the $115,000 campaign goal to conserve the Leach property, including generous donations from the Conservation Commission and Quimby Trust as well as from many individuals. I hope that other Sandwich residents will contribute to this effort to add to the Town’s conserved land that will benefit us all.
You can donate on-line (https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/lrct?code=new%20website), select the Red Hill River Conservation Project in the options near the bottom of this page) or send a check to the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, PO Box 766, Center Harbor, NH 03226. Please let me know if I can tell you more about this great project. You can contact me by phone or e-mail. Frances Strayer, 284-6483.