Five Rivers celebrated a very successful year with an Annual Gathering on June 14, 2017. Tim Britain toasted accomplishments and Beth McGuinn highlighted those accomplishments, including:

  • Four new conserved properties in Loudon, Concord, Boscawen and Dunbarton, bringing us over the 4000 conserved acre mark
  • National recognition as an Accredited Land Trust
  • Completion of a new strategic plan that charges us to increase the pace and strategic nature of land conservation and improve stewardship of conserved properties
  • Our resulting campaign to raise funds to hire a Land Conservation Specialist to help us achieve the goals set forth in the strategic plan

More than 70 members and not yet members also enjoyed a presentation about getting involved in wildlife conservation, delivered by Emily Preston, a wildlife biologist at NH Fish and Game. Click here or the image below to view Emily’s slideshow presentation (PDF format).

Thank you to our event sponsors Revision Energy, Ransmeier & Spellman and Second Wind Water Systems!

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April 23rd – Woodlands, Wetlands, and Wildlife Tour – Boscawen, NH

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Join Five Rivers at our first conserved property in Boscawen and explore John and Barbara Keegan’s 81 acres of well-managed woodlands and the amazing wetlands that make this property a magnet for wildlife, including moose, bear, coyote, bobcat, nesting red-shouldered hawks, turkeys, red and gray foxes, otter, barred owls, pileated woodpeckers, weasels, beaver, fisher, and many more.

Presenters: Ruth Smith, Environmental Educator and Concord Monitor columnist; and Amanda Stone, Cooperative Extension’s Land Conservation Specialist, will help us learn how the woodlands and wetlands combine to attract wildlife habitat on the property.

The Keegans live sustainably on this land, producing maple syrup, firewood, and other wood products. They conserved their land in 2016 as part of their commitment to sustainable living. Five Rivers coordinated the conservation process and holds the responsibility to monitor land uses to ensure that the property remains conserved – forever. The Keegan’s property is adjacent to the Woodman Forest, conserved by the Forest Society, creating a block of nearly 200 conserved acres.

Participants will meet at a central location and Five Rivers will provide a shuttle to and from the property.

This is a family friendly event, but please leave your pets at home due to the shuttle arrangements and at the request of the landowners.

Refreshments will be available after the tour.

Registration Update — We’re very sorry, but we have reached our capacity for this event. We hope you can join us for another Five Rivers event in the future. If you don’t receive them already, please sign up to receive our emails and be one of the first to know about our next event.

Suggested donation: $5 at the event.

Thanks to our hosts John and Barbara Keegan, and co-host – Town of Boscawen and Town of Boscawen Conservation Commission.

Thank you to our event sponsors!

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Five Rivers Conservation Trust is fortunate to have a dedicated, passionate group of volunteers who put in tireless hours. But, we can always use more… whether for one day or long-term, we invite you, your family or your group to get involved.

Volunteer Opportunities

Maybe you enjoy planning events, or talking to people about your passion for the outdoors. Perhaps you’d like to help maintain one of our properties or help out in our office. You may belong to a club that is looking for a fun outdoor project.

Do you have an interest in becoming a board or committee member? An ideal candidate will have a background in accounting or finance, law, marketing, or business management.

Learn More About Volunteering With Us!

When you volunteer with Five Rivers, you know you’re making a lasting difference in our part of New Hampshire. Interested in learning more? Please contact us by calling 603-225-7225 or emailing us at

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Major Gifts

If you would like to support Five Rivers Conservation Trust through a major financial gift or gift of land, please contact us to discuss options and opportunities. Your support will allow us to protect more land, manage and steward our protected lands, and connect people to these special places. This is truly a legacy of land conservation for generations to come!

If you have an interest in supporting Five Rivers in a significant way, we would like to speak with you and hear more about your ideas. We know the funding priorities of our organization and will be able to create a giving opportunity tailored to fit your needs. Contact us at 603-225-7225 or email our Executive Director, Beth McGuinn.

Major Financial Gifts

Giving at a major gift level ($5,000 or more) to Five Rivers Conservation Trust is not a decision that can be made over night. There are many questions that you need to ask yourself, for example:

  • What do I want to support?
  • How can I help?
  • What are my tax implications?
  • What makes me want to support Five Rivers?
  • A special place?
  • A memory?
  • My future generations?

Donate/Gift Land

Five Rivers COnservation Trust gratefully accepts outright gifts of land (sometimes referred to a “fee title” gifts). Donating ownership in land may be an excellent way to make a major tax-deductible contribution to Five Rivers. A donation of land allows the donor to realize immediate income tax benefits, eliminates the need to pay property taxes, and reduces future estate tax liabilities by removing the property from the donor’s estate.

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Gilmanton – Christie

Route 140
20 acres & xx acres
Public access, no formal trails
2007 & 2009

Two Conserved Properties

Christie Forest

On the north side of Peaked Hill, near the heart of Gilmanton village, lies a 20-acre mixed-hardwood forest frequented by deer, bear, and other wildlife. Thanks to the vision and conservation ethic of its owner, Nancy Christie, it will forever remain intact, a legacy to its former owner, Nancy’s father Walter Steenstra.

Protected via a conservation easement donated to Five Rivers Conservation Trust in 2009, Nancy’s land is the second Gilmanton property that she conserved in as many years. This hillside property, lined by stone walls, rises 400 feet in elevation to a point with extensive westerly views.

The land will remain as is, with no timbering, save for the creation of nature trails that would be used for all to enjoy.

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Five Rivers Conservation Trust conserves local farms, recreation lands, and the landscape around us in partnership with landowners and local communities. The greater Capitol Region is filled with picturesque country villages and a delightful mix of fields and forests, farms and wetlands, and other special places. Through conservation easements and other means, Five Rivers is doing its part as an active land trust to help keep those places intact for future generations.

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