While MMRG updates our logo to its newest version, we want to extend our deepest thanks to Susann Foster-Brown, the talented local artist who generously provided our original logo. Susann first got involved with MMRG’s work while serving on the Board of the New Hampshire Farm Museum, along with MMRG founder Cynthia Wyatt. Early founding meetings of MMRG were hosted at the Farm Museum’s historic Plummer Homestead in Milton, NH.
“I recall with nostalgia the “little band of heroes” that met decades ago at the Plummer Homestead to see if we might form a protective organization here using the Bear Paw model,” she reflected in a recent email exchange, “We each contributed what we could and it has been gratifying to see MMRG grow and prosper, protecting so many greenways over time.”
During these early meetings, Susann quickly grew interested in the new land trust’s mission and vision for her local community and volunteered to create the original logo. She designed the logo to reflect the unique characteristics of the Moose Mountains region – the round, rolling shape of the wooded mountains with flowing water cascading downwards. If you use your imagination, you can even see the outline of a moose head in the woods.
Originally hailing from New York, Susann and her family moved to New Hampshire in 1995 to escape the ever-increasing urban sprawl, noise, and light pollution. In her words: “When we moved here, we were motivated by the expanses of undisturbed forest and undeveloped land. I never felt at home in a city, but loved the woods, gardens, and landscapes here.”
The importance of land conservation is reflected in Susann’s own home. Her property in Milton, near Branch Hill Farm, used to be completely clear-cut prior to successful reforestation and sustainable management by the Siemon family. Areas of her homestead (which also serves as her studio) remain protected by conservation easements.
Even now, Susann stays deeply connected to nature through her art. She is an accomplished printmaker and her etchings often feature natural areas, farm animals, and images of country living. She currently spins her own handcrafted yarn, dying each skein a truly unique color, and will have a booth at the upcoming NH Sheep and Wool Festival.
“I love tree skeletons and flowers,” she said, “I am amazed at the power of tiny seeds to produce towering vines and plants. Animals that thrive in forests and on the farms nearby appeal as subjects as well. It’s all around – you just need to look.”
MMRG is so grateful to Susann for her work and her dedication to the local community. She remains a committed friend of the organization, often participating in events, donating artwork and supporting us in a myriad of ways. Like the vines and roots Susann admires, her work will remain an important part of our story and our paths will continue to grow together.
Cover photo by Kate Wilcox.