Projects funded by Moose Plates!

BCC Purchased Currier-Sanborn Conservation Area

The Belmont Conservation Commission (BCC) recently announced its purchase of the Currier-Sanborn Conservation Area, a significant parcel of conservation land between Silver Lake, the Winnipesaukee River, and Northfield. As are all of the BCC managed properties, it is open to passive recreation, hunting, and fishing.

The BCC received a $7,500 NH Moose Plate Grant to offset the administrative costs of the conservation easement. The NH Conservation License Plate (Moose Plate) Program supports the protection of critical resources in New Hampshire, including scenic lands, historic sites and artifacts, plants and wildlife.

Camera Trappings in Coos Co.

The Nature Conservancy has completed a year-long camera trapping study that will help select the best possible opportunities to protect the last remaining undeveloped road-front areas that wildlife rely upon to approach and cross roads, and to improve crossing hot-spots to minimize animal-vehicle collisions and enhance landscape connections benefiting both people and wildlife.

California Brook Natural Area Conservation

The California Brook Natural Area lies within the largest remaining unfragmented forested block in southern NH. The conservation of this 688-acre area ensures the protection of over a mile of streams and 40 acres of wetlands, a significant wildlife habitat.

Pollinator Habitat Initiative Project

To counter the decline of pollinator habitat, 20 pollinator habitat sites were installed to demonstrate innovative approaches to converting sites, landowner workshops were held, and pollinator habitats on Cheshire County farms were inventoried to better understand the impacts of native pollinators.

P. Lund Property Conservation in Cheshire County

The P. Lund property includes highly productive, prime agricultural soils and nearly a quarter mile shoreline along the Cold River. The family-run farm supports valuable crop land and a successful local farm stand. The conservation action will ensure continued public access to the Cold River for swimming, fishing and paddling.

Platt Farm Conservation in Antrim

The Platt Farm property includes highly productive, prime agricultural soils and over a half a mile of shoreline along the Contoocook River. The permanent protection will provide viability and sustainability for a historic family farm business, and ensure continued public access for non-motorized recreation.

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Franklin Opera House, Franklin, NH

The Franklin Opera House was built in 1892-1893 and designed by one of New Hampshire’s foremost architects of the time, William Butterfield. From the date of its dedication it was a venue for balls, dances, lectures, plays, musicals, vaudeville shows, concerts, school productions and graduation ceremonies. During World War II, programs of the Red Cross were offered there.

The opera house received grant funds in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008, including:

2004 — $10,000, Phase I: Renovation of the balcony to comply with fire and life safety codes and emergency exit stairs.

2005 — $20,000, Phase II: Renovation of the balcony by refinishing the floor, upgrading the electrical system, installing step lights, adding dimming units for the ‘house lights’, doing ceiling repairs, adding new interior paint and executing roof repairs.

2007 — $7815: Purchasing 195 stackable, moveable chairs to provide orchestra seating that was easy to store when not in use. (The Opera House donated their metal chairs to other non profits.)

2008 — $20,000: Restoring the front entrance of Opera House through the purchase and installation of three granite steps, quarried in Concord. The renovation was celebrated on July 16, 2008 with the attendance of Governor Lynch and the Executive Council for their regular meeting.