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MOOSE MOUNTAINS REGIONAL GREENWAYS
April 12, 2012

Moose Mountains Regional Greenways is a grassroots organization founded and maintained by citizens dedicated to maintaining the rural character of the southern lakes region of NH. It has a unique model of aiding landowners who are interested in preserving their land. I was one of the founding members in 1999. Shortly after being founded , we succesfully obtained a Forest Legacy grant which initiated the preservation of 2000 acres of the eponymous Moose Mountains. This was a difficult process with many obstacles. Since then we have helped to place over 2000 additional acres under conservation easement, and presented many educational programs with conservation-based themes. MMRG is powered by dedicated and energetic volunteers and a small staff, but it can always use more involvement at every level. We particularly would like to attract youthful members and volunteers to carry on the effort.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Board Member

Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & decision making, grant writing for conservation projects.