Dear Members and Friends,

Moose Mountains Regional Greenways has exciting news to share with its members as we embark on a busy 2021! It is with great excitement and anticipation that we share our intention to merge with the Dan Hole Pond Watershed Trust, forming a larger, stronger organization that remains dedicated to natural resource conservation in a newly expanded region that will include Ossipee and Tuftonboro.

Land trust consolidation is an increasing trend both regionally and nationally, as many smaller organizations come to realize that their missions can best and most sustainably be served by ‘joining forces’ to create larger service areas and larger membership rolls. Such is the case for MMRG and DHPWT. MMRG and DHPWT have been engaged in a collaborative, mutually beneficial merger negotiation process for many months. Much work has been accomplished to confirm that a merger is the right decision and the process has been professionally facilitated with support from a consultant team, legal counsel and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Through our shared work, MMRG has developed enduring admiration and respect for the DHPWT team. DHPWT has operated in Ossipee and Tuftonboro area since 2000 (just like MMRG!) and has conserved over 1,000 beautiful acres, largely through purchasing land, although they also have conservation easements. The volunteers and members of DHPWT, like those of MMRG, are tireless advocates for our natural environment and resources. We take extreme pride in stewarding all of these conserved lands in perpetuity. MMRG has faithfully served the conservation needs of the Moose Mountains Region for twenty years and this will not change. Rather, our operations will become larger, stronger and more comprehensive in the service of an expanded geographic region and increased membership.

Many of our supporters may be wondering, “what will change as a result of this merger?” We expect to complete the formal merger process in summer of 2021. At this time, DHPWT members will become members of MMRG. The Board of the merged organization will include members of the MMRG and DHPWT. The merged organization will include Ossipee and Tuftonboro in addition to the seven towns currently served by MMRG.  MMRG is excited to introduce our supporters to these towns and the pristine conservation lands within them through future walks, workshops and other events. 

We hope that all of you will join MMRG leadership in celebrating and welcoming this organizational merger. MMRG has, through its history, had the opportunity to leap forward in its work through the dedication of those who believe in our vision and, often, through little twists of fate when all the right things fell into place. We believe that this opportunity to merge is such a time! This is an exciting step forward for both organizations. The merger will increase our size, service region and capacity to take the next step forward in meeting our conservation objectives and living up to our vision of a united greenway from Farmington and Milton to the south, through the heart of the Moose Mountains and all the way to the Ossipee Mountains.

We thank all of you for your support and enthusiasm during these exciting and unprecedented times. Stay tuned for further updates regarding the merger process as well as our upcoming roster of events! Click here to see a newly updated map of our combined territories, and follow this link to find answers to frequently-asked-questions regarding the merger.

Yours in conservation,

Jillian Eldredge, Ed.M.
Executive Director