Posts Tagged ‘New Hampshire’

Conservation finance links, 2/15/12

February 16, 2012

Twice each month TPL’s Conservation Finance service publishes links to state and local conservation finance stories from around the nation.  As always, TPL’s online LandVote database provides the best source of data on conservation finance measures since 1988.

California
3 California counties celebrated for open space preservation

Marin County to launch ag preservation program

Colorado
Erie open space tax extension polls well, placed on April ballot

Louisville to poll residents on open space tax

Fort Collins celebrates 20 year anniversary of open space tax

Florida
Martin County looking to spend last of 2006 voter approved funds

Massachusetts
Article examining the current state of CPA

Michigan
Land use and transit are keys to sustainability in Ann Arbor

Missouri
Johnson County deserves better parks. Op-ed

New Hampshire
Land acquired for Albany Town Forest. TPL project

NH proposal could would impact local conservation efforts

New Jersey
Morris County reduces open space tax for the fifth consecutive year

New York
Need remains for Suffolk County land preservation

North Dakota
Fate of oil tax conservation measure hinges on sportsmen

Pennsylvania
Governor looks to raid open space funding

Texas
Editorial calls for stop to sporting goods sales tax raids

Virginia
Lawmakers seek more money for easements

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Conservation finance links, 3/15

March 15, 2011

Photo: Tom Arthur/Wikipedia Commons

Twice each month TPL’s Conservation Finance service publishes links to state and local conservation finance stories from around the nation. As always, TPL’s online LandVote database provides the best source of data on conservation finance measures since 1988.

Florida
Celebrating Florida’s last frontier

Georgia
Cobb County to vote on SPLOST today. Good analysis of local measures in Georgia

Illinois
Kane County official says now is the time to expand as they prepare for April referendum

Massachusetts
Canton considers Community Preservation Act

Freetown as well

Lexington could see CPA tax reduction on spring ballot

Michigan
Audit finds Grand Rapids falling behind similar Midwest cities in parks

Nebraska
Tax check-off helps wildlife and habitat conservation

New Hampshire
Hollis voters reject diversion of open space funds

New Jersey
As municipalities prepare budgets, many arelowering open space taxes

more

and more

Green Acres program celebrates 50 years

more

Towns that conduct revaluations end up paying more in open space taxes

New York
Clarence seeks to extend land preservation program

Riverhead CPF revenues down, acquisitions face bleak future

Pennsylvania
Most of Bucks County open space bond funds remain unspent

Northampton County farmland program nets nearly $6M for 2011

South Carolina
Charleston County to borrow up to $30M for park acquisitions and projects

Washington
Seattle parks in peril

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Conservation and historic preservation

April 23, 2010

Raspberry Farm, Hampton Falls, NH - Photo: Jerry and Marcy Monkman/EcoPhotography.com

 

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has added a section to its website that focuses on the link between conservation and preservation. Visiting there for the first time yesterday, I was pleased to see that TPL Heritage Lands projects among the examples cited. 

When a place has significant cultural importance the historic preservation movement stands ready to protect it. Many of us are also members of land conservation organizations that work to protect places of profound natural, agricultural, or open space value. But what about special places that boast a range of values? These places – often defined as cultural landscapes – are more than the sum of their parts. Loss of one dimension diminishes our experience of the whole place. Yet these complex sites can present challenges for organizations and resources structured to address solely historic preservation or land protection. 

Among the historic landscapes and buildings profiled in these pages are: 

  • The 175-mile-long Journey Through Hallowed Ground heritage corridor, a historic route along which TPL has protected land, and which we featured in the fall 2006 issue of Land&People magazine
  • The New Hampshire homestead of statesman and famed orator Daniel Webster (1782-1852, protected by TPL and local preservation groups in 2007.
  • Walden Woods–the home turf of Henry David Thoreau–protected by TPL and the Walden Woods Project in 1990. (This interview about the project with Eagles lead singer and preservationist Don Henley is worth a read.)
  • Raspberry Farm, in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, protected by TPL in cooperation with the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance last year

There are lots of other projects profiled here–representing work by conservation and preservation groups nationwide. 

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Conservation finance links, 3/31

March 31, 2010

Twice each month TPL’s Conservation Finance service publishes links to conservation finance stories from around the nation. 

Arizona
Arizona voters will see measure on November ballot to raid voter approved open space funds to fill budget gaps

Prescott continues to look at change in open space spending

California
Poll shows voters would cut funds for parks

Minnesota
State conservation trust fund stripped of funding

Washington County begins to spend open space bond funds approved in 2006

New Hampshire
Analysis on recent failed conservation finance measures

Another on this topic

New Jersey
Cumberland County halts farmland preservation

Another on this topic

New York
In latest budget, EPF funding is restored

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Conservation finance links, 2/1

February 1, 2010

Twice each month TPL’s Conservation Finance service publishes links to conservation finance stories from around the nation.

National
Article on Conservation Easements

Connecticut

Madison voters approve purchase of airport

Louisiana
Baton Rouge parks considered national model

Massachusetts
The placement of wind turbines on conservation lands

A response to above

And another

Montana
On troubles facing Gallatin County open lands program

New Hampshire
Concord to raid conservation funds to pay down debt

New Jersey
Township nixes open space tax

For third straight year Morris County to cut open space tax

Tinton Falls, too

New York
Editorial on Environmental Protection Fund in NY

State closing on land deals that predate moratorium

Very interesting article on mapping growth on Long Island in the NY Times

New Paltz acquires land with Open Space Institute using 2006 bond funds

Ohio
Licking County looks to restore park funding by going to voters

Tennessee
Conservationists unveil agenda for legislative session, includes restoring conservation funding

Virginia
Successful 2009 for Albermarle County’s easement program

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New Year’s LandMark – Raspberry Farm

December 30, 2009

The painting above is solid evidence that the conservation impulse can be habit-forming.

Stephen Hodecker, a professional artist of obvious skill and some reknown, donated the painting to help raise funds for the protection of the Raspberry Farm, in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire–a much-loved local property named for the fruit that was once raised and sold there.  The farm is particularly noted for the historic barn featured in the painting

The $1.61 million campaign to save the farm ends today — and the last I heard, several bids are being made on the painting that would put the effort over the top.

Stephen Hodecker - Photo: Ruth Sikes

This is the second painting Hodecker has donated to conservation–but it may not his last.  Like many TPL supporters, he got hooked by a local project, the protection of Page Pond and Forest in Meredith, New Hampshire, where he lives.  The watercolor he painted in support of that project raised $34,000.  After the success of that campaign, he approached TPL project manager Betsy MacGean and asked, essentially: “what’s next.”

Now both paintings have become part of a new series Hodecker in calling “Landscapes in Peril,” McGean says. “Stephen has become a great supporter of our urgent campaigns!”

A quick trip to Hodecker’s website may help you understand the basis of this inclination to conserve.  It is full of rural scenes that bespeak a love of the New England landscape and its historic buildings.

Anyway, I liked the painting and thought it looked like the New Years I remember from Massachusetts.  Happy New Year from LandNotes.   See you in 2010.

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