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Five Rivers Announces 131 Acres of Dunbarton Forest Conserved

 

 

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November 30, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CONCORD, NH – Five Rivers Conservation Trust announced the conservation of the 131-acre Koerber Family Forest, located at 31 Stark Highway North in central Dunbarton. The land contributes to a large block of approximately 650 acres of conserved land nearby, including the Stone Farm and the Farley property, which were conserved by Five Rivers in 2017 and 2013, respectively.

 

“The Koerber’s farm is located right in the center of Dunbarton and preserving it as open space is crucial in maintaining the rural character of our town,” said Brett St. Clair, chair of the Dunbarton Conservation Commission.

In addition to protecting three headwater streams and providing important wildlife habitat, conserving the land creates opportunities for future pedestrian trails and use as an outdoor classroom for the neighboring Dunbarton Elementary School. “I am thrilled that this land will remain a farm in perpetuity for the public to enjoy, and that wildlife will have a secure home here, thanks to Five Rivers and their many generous donors,” said Ken. The couple owners and operates Chanticleer Gardens, which produces organically grown cut flowers for local florists and retailers.

“Thanks to Ken and Susan Koerber’s great vision and generosity, the land they have stewarded for more than 50 years will be available for the enjoyment of people and wildlife for generations to come,” said Five Rivers’ Executive Director Liz Short.

Today is the culmination of a multi-year effort to raise enough funds to finalize the purchase of the conservation easement after the Koerbers’ generous offer to donate half of the easement’s value. The project was made possible by state and community funding partners including New Hampshire’s Land & Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), which awarded a $100,000 grant to the project; the Dunbarton Conservation Commission; the Merrimack Conservation Partnership; the New Hampshire State Conservation Commission “Moose Plate” Conservation Grant Program; the New Hampshire Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund Grant; as well as over $19,000 in private donations.

Five Rivers Conservation Trust, headquartered in Concord, is a nonprofit dedicated to conserving wild places, open space, and working lands in New Hampshire’s greater capital region. This landscape is notable for the five waterways that converge here: the Merrimack, Contoocook, Blackwater, Warner, and Soucook Rivers. Through conservation easements and land ownership, Five Rivers has conserved more than 5,500 acres across 81 properties.

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