A fringed polygala at the Keating Conservation Easement.

We are thrilled to announce the permanent protection of the new Keating Conservation Easement, located in Milton Mills, NH. 

The Keating Conservation Easement, located along Jug Hill Road, places 72 acres of land under conservation easement. The property boasts extensive natural resources, and is also in close proximity to more than 1000 acres of already conserved properties nearby. Notably, the Keating easement includes 42 acres of high ranking wildlife habitat as determined by NH Fish & Game, supporting biologically diverse species and wildlife permeability. The land also includes several vernal pools in the spring and six acres of important agricultural soils, among other benefits.

MMRG’s Land Agent, Veronica Bodge, said, “The Keating Conservation Easement boasts important natural resources that make it a perfect addition to our growing portfolio of conservation land. I am so happy to be able to say an additional 72 acres has been protected in perpetuity.”

The Keating Conservation Easement has been in the Keating family since 1938, and was originally used for farming. Moose Mountains Regional Greenways holds the conservation easement on this property, which will remain privately owned by the Keating family. This project was supported by the NH State Conservation Committee Conservation Moose Plate Grant Program, which funds projects that foster stewardship and the sustainability of New Hampshire’s natural environment. Remaining funds for the project were provided through public and private fundraising efforts. 

We extend our deepest gratitude to the Keating family for their excellent stewardship of their property and for its permanent conservation. As a small, locally-focused land trust, MMRG values working with local landowners, often of smaller land tracts, to achieve conservation successes for the region.