2017 Grant Recipients
Speaking at the LCHIP Grant award announcement event on Monday, December 4, 2017, Governor Chris Sununu congratulated the recipients, calling the resources protected with LCHIP grants “quintessential New Hampshire – the things you look for when you drive into a town so you know where you are in New Hampshire.” He went on to observe that LCHIP helps public and private partners to protect the resources that make New Hampshire New Hampshire.
The forty-two projects receiving awards are spread all across the state, from Littleton to Nashua and Westmoreland to Star Island. Thirty-five very different communities are benefiting from the grants, from tiny Langdon (population 689) to Nashua (population 87,551). LCHIP’s $3.6 million in grants will be matched by more than $11 million in funds from other sources. Grant amounts range from under $4,000 to $390,000. Recipients include twenty-nine historic resource projects for buildings representing nearly two centuries of New Hampshire history, from 1769 to 1967. Historic buildings include two rare remaining railroad buildings and the first monument in the country dedicated to women’s service in both military and civilian roles. The thirteen natural resource projects selected for grants will ensure permanent protection of 2,100 acres. Seven farms will be protected and available for current and future food production. Other parcels increase the protected acreage on the sides of popular Mount Kearsarge and Crotched Mountain.
LCHIP is providing $200,000 to the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire (SELT) toward acquisition of conservation easements to protect the land at popular Barker’s Farm in Stratham. The current farmer and her daughter are choosing to place the conservation easement on the land at this time in part to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the family’s acquisition of the farm. The 83 acres include important agricultural land used to produce crops and flowers that are sold at the farm stand plus forested acres that are managed for timber production. The parcel includes well-used recreational trails connecting this property to 500 acres of protected land, including one named for a family member. Ongoing trail access is assured under the conservation easement. Townspeople voted unanimously to support a $400,000 contribution to the project at town meeting earlier in 2017.
The Belknap Mill in Laconia is receiving $202,000 to undertake rehabilitation needs that were identified through an LCHIP-supported historic building assessment. The mill, built in 1823 and thought to be the oldest largely unaltered textile mill in New England, was central to the industrial and cultural growth that fueled Laconia’s prosperity for a century after its construction. In the 1960s, the once vibrant mill building was closed, vandalized and threatened with demolition. A dedicated group of people recognized its cultural and architectural significance and, after considerable effort, secured the building for the fledgling Belknap Mill Society by the mid 1970s. Careful repairs and community use have followed. The upcoming LCHIP assisted repairs will enhance the mill’s position as the historic gateway to Laconia, a showcase for regional industrial development and cultural heritage, and a robust and sustainable community resource.
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