Post 9, June 26, 2017
So you ask: What does this have to do with Green Mountain Conservation Group? Not long after we moved in we were alerted by our good neighbors, the Riss’s, that a 2,000 plus acre piece of property with a lovely 21-acre trout pond was potentially going to be developed into a 500 plus unit aviation and condominium community. There was a small group of folks in Freedom who wanted to preserve the property as open space for wildlife, and for ski and walking trails. This property was located practically next door to ours and abutted The Nature Conservancy’s’ distinctive Pine Barrens conservation land.
The first meeting we attended was organized by Freedom residents Jennifer Molin and Katie Gove. They had asked Green Mountain Conservation Group to assist them in educating the community about the value of protecting this large parcel for the town. You see, the property had suddenly been taken over by a finance corporation not at all tied to the community of Freedom as a result of the failure of the local owners to complete their plans to develop the aviation resort. This grassroots group of Freedom residents wanted to purchase the property and they needed to initiate a campaign to raise awareness and funds to make it happen. No small task.
And so the effort began in early 2001 to save Trout Pond for a Freedom Town Forest. There is much more to the story which develops over the coming years. The pivotal part for Dave and me was the start of our relationship with Green Mountain Conservation Group from which we began to understand much more about the natural value of our home setting, the Ossipee watershed, the rich stratified drift aquifer which supplies our drinking water, and the importance of preserving vernal pools and wetlands for support of the regions ecosystem. Protecting this large parcel for the community was within the mission of GMCG and this small grassroots group of Freedom residents who were determined to pursue their goal. We joined them. More on this story to come.
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Each gift of $1000 raised in a specific person’s name will honor that person with a plaque on a rocking chair. For example—if you send in a donation of $20 in a staff or previous board member’s name, that will be tracked and recorded as a gift to honor that specific person. If you can help by inviting 50 friends to do the same then you will have helped raise $1000 and that person and you will have your name on one of our porch rocking chairs.
Thank you! Noreen Downs, Volunteer
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