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April 22, 2010

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April 22, 2010

I am a frequent visitor to several Society reservations, am a member, and support specific preservation projects when I can. My occasional encounters with Society staff over a 15-yr. period have left me impressed with their professionalism, dedication, and commitment to mission. As someone who works in the land trust field elsewhere, I have the utmost respect for the Society's consistent ability to facilitate and complete large-scale land projects that have resulted in the preservation of many of NH's most cherished landscapes. The Society also does great work in the advocacy and education areas, and seeks to advance the art and science of forestry--but without its demonstrated commitment to land conservation, these other pursuits wouldn't mean much.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the preservation of several landscapes that are near and dear to my family and I, including Mt. Sunapee and the Hay Forest Reservation. While I most appreciate the Society's work in my area, its successes are evident in every corner of NH.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

leverage even more funds for critical acquisitions efforts, complete projects that might otherwise be unattainable, and still have funds left to endow reservations and positions within the organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 9, 2010

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April 9, 2010

SPNF has been a great partner for conservation projects I have worked on for Moose Mountains Regional Greenways. The staff has considerable expertise, and is a top choice to handle all aspects of complex projects, including fundraising. Since the organization is large, the focus is on larger projects, and stewardship costs will be excessive for small projects (nor will SPNF likely be interested in small projects (under 200 acres or so.) I would like to see more focus on reestablishing a core area of "old growth", which is extremely underrepresented in NH. Since virtually all mature and over-mature forests were cut before 1920 or so, I doubt the ecology of old growth ecosystems is well understood. I think it would be good to make getting a significant amount back a priority, in areas where currently the focus would be more on working forest.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

buy fee simple or development rights for a nice chunk of land. Actually, 50 or 100 million would be more to the point.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 9, 2010

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April 9, 2010

Walking in the woods (at time of the year) and just observing all of the tale tale marks left by the wildlife -- be it footprints in the mud or bird droppings at the base of a tree. A walk in the woods is always a wonderful way to clear all of the cob webs out of my brain.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make sure that every individual had the opportunity to be in touch with nature as it was originally created thousands of years ago .... and make sure man doesn't destroy this gift.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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