Saco Valley Land Trust Gets Holiday Gift Of 77 Acres In Madison

A part of Forest Brook that is now protected as a part of the newly acquired 77 acres of land in Madison ~ Photo courtesy of The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust

MADISON, NH – The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust got the gift of 77 acres in Madison this holiday season. The property is located on Glines Hill and Bickford Roads, both designated as scenic roads by the Town of Madison, and includes thousands of feet of natural, undeveloped road frontage for the scenic enjoyment of anyone traveling these roads.

At the headwaters of Forest Brook and within the town’s Groundwater Protection District, the property is now permanently protected from development, which might otherwise downgrade the water quality of the Forest Brook watershed.

Bob and Priscilla Dannies are no strangers to the Land Trust or land conservation. They have previously donated conservation easements to the Land Trust protecting over 100 nearby acres on Glines Hill Road in Madison and Eaton.

“We have enjoyed hiking in NH for many, many years and are happy to do our part to protect the scenic beauty of this area” said Bob and Priscilla. “We truly appreciate all that the Land Trust has done over the years to protect this area as well.”

“We are extremely grateful to the landowners for working with the Land Trust once again to protect this important natural resource” said the Land Trust’s president, Doug Burnell.  “We hope this donation serves as a catalyst for additional land conservation in the watershed of Forest Brook.”

The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust is a non-profit organization that works with  local landowners to permanently protect the lands and waters in the upper Saco Valley area.  Founded as a grassroots initiative in September 2000, the Land Trust preserves land for community benefit in the watershed of the upper Saco River in the towns of Bartlett, Hart’s Location, Jackson, Conway, Albany, Madison, Chatham, and Eaton in New Hampshire and Fryeburg, Brownfield, and Denmark in Maine.

The Land Trust’s goal is to promote a healthy, sustainable balance between developed lands, natural lands and productive rural landscapes. Together with partnership projects, the Land Trust has completed 62 land conservation projects and protected over 11,400 acres throughout its service area. For more information about the organization, visit www.usvlt.org or call (603) 356-9683.