Sunday, May 23, 2010

Web Update

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Thank you so much for you patience & we hope to see you on Tuesday at 7pm in Bradford.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Celebrate Land Conservation on May 25!

How will land conservation shape the future of the Upper Valley? What opportunities and values does open space provide for the next generation? And how do local conservation achievements relate to larger environmental and economic trends?

Join us at the Bradford Academy for the annual meeting of The Upper Valley Land Trust next Tuesday, May 25 at 7pm. Our guest will be 26-year-old Jared Duval, an Upper Valley native and a fellow at Demos, the author of “Next Generation Democracy,” a trustee of the Orton Family Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of the Sierra Club, and the former National Director of the Sierra Student Coalition, the largest student environmental organization in America. Jared’s roots are here and his vision is wide. He brings a unique perspective to help us envision our next generation of work both in terms of immediate civic impact and in a global context.

Jared will offer his thoughts about what makes the region special, while discussing some challenges and opportunities faced by UVLT and other environmental organizations. The meeting portion of the event will also feature a slide show depicting this year's conservation successes, and an award presentation honoring volunteerism.

We are thrilled to gather in Bradford for this celebration and hope this event will focus regional attention on the incredible accomplishments of Bradford’s Conservation Commission and its strong partnership with residents, businesses and students.

To encourage low-carbon commuting, we’ve organized an “Express Dinner Bus” leaving from Hanover/Lebanon at 6 pm. For $12 per person, you can enjoy camaraderie with UVLT staff and Trustees, a sandwich dinner from Stella’s Kitchen, great views and stories of the many conserved properties we’ll pass on our way. Bus riders will also be entered into a drawing to win gift certificates from the Canoe Club and the Upper Valley Food Co-op.

Sign up for the bus and learn more about pre-meeting hikes, a tour of Farmway’s solar panels or a special pre-meeting menu at the Perfect Pear restaurant in Bradford by calling Nora at (603) 643-6626 ext. 102 or emailing

Jeanie McIntyre, President
Upper Valley Land Trust

Monday, May 17, 2010

Website Update

Greetings UVLT friends and supporters!

We are in the process of switching over to a redesigned website. If you have any problems getting to during the course of the next couple of days, please bear with us. We will send out another notice letting you know when the new (and improved) site is up!

Thank you for your patience.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Dedication Ceremony at the Nathaniel & Ina Thurber Memorial Forest

Join us in Unity, NH on Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 2:30pm!

The Upper Valley Land Trust, the Town of Unity, and Laura & Walter Ryan and family welcome the community to join us as we celebrate and dedicate the recently conserved Nathaniel & Ina Thurber Memorial Forest in Unity, NH. The Upper Valley Land Trust holds a conservation easement on the property that was recently gifted to the town by the Ryans in honor of Laura’s parents. The Conservation Commission plans to maintain recreational trails that traverse the property for the public’s enjoyment and will be developing a forest management plan to guide future forestry activities. Please join us and see what a great resource this is! For more information about the conservation of this forest, please see our previous post:

Join us at 2:30pm at the parking area and trailhead off Lear Hill Road. We will take a leisurely walk to the hilltop to enjoy the beautiful views. Following the hike, the Ryans will host a reception at their home in Newport to celebrate this special place.

Directions to the Forest:

Directions from the Forest to the Ryans' home: port:NH:03773-1432:US:43.370134:-72.175729:address::1:::/io:1:::::f:en_US:M:98373152,98373224:/bl:/e

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Save the Date!

Annual Meeting & Celebration of Land Conservation
Tuesday, May 25

Meeting Featuring Guest Speaker, Jared Duval
7pm, Bradford Academy Building, Bradford, VT

Jared Duval, a quarter century year-old native of the Upper Valley and Lebanon High School graduate, will offer thoughts about what makes our region special, while discussing some of the challenges and opportunities before us as we embark on our next quarter-century of work.

About Jared:
Fellow, Demos
Author, "Next Generation Democracy"
Trustee, Orton Family Foundation
Board of Directors, Sierra Club
Former National Director, Sierra Student Coalition

The meeting will also feature a slide show depicting this year's conservation successes, an award presentation, and the election of new trustees.

For more information about the event, contact Nora at or (603) 643-6626 ext. 102.

Please join us for other activities taking place in Bradford on May 25!

  • Wright's Mountain Hike with the Bradford Conservation Commission

  • Solar Panel Tour at Farm Way

  • Round Trip Express Bus

  • Perfect Pear Prix Fixe Dinner
Wright's Mountain Hike
Suggested donation $12, with all proceeds to benefit BCC's current land conservation project.
2:30pm Walk led by Bradford Conservation Commission Chair, Nancy Jones
4:00pm Shorter hike led by Tom Gray
Both outings will meet at the Bradford Academy Building and include a picnic dinner. In case of rain, the picnic will be held indoors at the Academy Building.

Solar Panel Tour
3:45pm Tour of Farm Way's solar panels, and time to shop
5:00pm Leave for dinner at the Perfect Pear (see below), or elsewhere in Bradford.

Round Trip Express Bus
Cost is $12.
6:00pm Bus leaves from Hanover/Lebanon - along the way enjoy sandwiches from Stellas & count the number of UVLT conserved lands you can spot from the road!

Please RSVP by May 21, for the hikes, solar panel tour or bus trip by emailing or by calling (603) 643-6626 ext. 102

Perfect Pear Dinner Option

5:15pm Field Green Salad with Maple-Balsamic Vinaigrette, Gorgonzola Cheese, Maple Walnuts, & Cherry Tomatoes

Choice of Entree:
Grilled New York Sirloin, Jack Daniel's Demi Glace, Rosemary Mashed Potatoes, & Asparagus with Lemon Butter
Seared Atlantic Salmon Fillet, Balsamic Vinegar & Fresh Basil Marinated Roma Tomatoes, Brown Rice & Asparagus with Lemon Butter
Vegetarian Tortellini Primavera with Parmesan Cream Sauce
Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Caramel Whiskey Sauce
Includes coffee, tea, & Coke etc. (Does not include specialty sodas, bottled water or any alcohol)
$35.00/ person tax & gratuity included

To RSVP by Friday, May 21, call the Perfect Pear @ 802-222-5912 and mention UVLT.