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Who We Are

Moose Mountains Regional Greenways (MMRG) was founded in 1999 by Conservation Commissioners and Planning Board members from the towns of Brookfield, Farmington, Middleton, Milton, New Durham, and Wakefield. The newly-formed group named itself after the Moose Mountains range central to the region. Today, MMRG serves nine member communities: Brookfield, Farmington, Middleton, Milton, New Durham, Ossipee, Tuftonboro, Wakefield, and Wolfeboro.

As a facilitator of land conservation projects, MMRG has helped protect approximately 4,800 acres, including the Moose Mountains Reservation, now owned by the Forest Society. In 2013, the Board adopted a 5-year strategic plan to expand our impact by undertaking the everlasting responsibility of holding conservation easements and owning and stewarding our own conservation land.

We accepted our first backup (executory) easements in 2013, our first primary easement in 2014 and made our first fee purchase of conservation land (Branch River Conservation Area) in 2016. Since 2017, our comprehensive Conservation Action Plan ‘Our Home Our Land Our Tomorrow’ guides our land conservation decisions. We are delighted to work with many regional and statewide conservation partners as we continue to our efforts to preserve our precious natural resources.

Our Staff

Jillian Eldredge
Executive Director

Jill Eldredge, Ed.M., comes to the position of Executive Director with seven years of non-profit leadership experience and a background in non-traditional forms of education such as farm-based, agricultural and outdoor education experience. Jill is excited about connecting with new and familiar faces in the MMRG service region; furthering the organization’s mission to conserve beloved local lands; both engaging and educating the local community in their love of the outdoors; and using her expertise in organizational development of small sized non-profits in support of the board and staff of MMRG. Jill lives in Barrington with her husband and son, John and Nathan, and her rescue beagle and constant companion, Ruby.

📧 jill@mmrgnh.org 

Veronica Bodge
Land Agent

Veronica Bodge graduated from UNH in May 2020 with a BS in Wildlife and Conservation, after originally pursuing biomedical sciences. In her undergraduate studies, Veronica completed many research experiences including studying little brown bats and Bobolinks, and previously worked at a veterinary clinic. She spent the majority of her youth outside, beginning a lifelong love for the outdoors, and is excited to bring her passion to MMRG’s work. Veronica is originally from Rochester, NH, and currently resides in Sanford, ME with her fiancé, dog Amelia, cat Clifford, and her nieces. 

📧 veronica@mmrgnh.org 

Astrid Wielens
Office Manager

Astrid Wielens grew up in the Netherlands and moved to New Hampshire after college to do an internship at the American Youth Foundation’s Camp Merrowvista in Center Tuftonboro. There she fell in love with the region and the outdoors. She was the founder and Executive Director of Zebra Crossings, a Dover based nonprofit organization supporting youth with chronic medical conditions and their families. After 12 years she stepped down from that position, which was a fun, challenging and very rewarding experience. She is excited to combine her passion for nature with her interest in the conservancy field. She is looking forward to sharing her nonprofit management skills to support the team and the mission of MMRG. Astrid lives in Dover with her wife Bridget and their golden retriever Luca. Moose Mountains Reservation is one of their favorite local hikes.

📧 astrid@mmrgnh.org

Our Board of Directors

Nicole Csiszer (Chair)

Brookfield, NH

Affiliations: Attorney, New Hampshire Bar Association member. Chair of Wolfeboro Chamber of Commerce.

Lorrie Drake (Vice Chair)

New Durham, NH

Affiliations: Retired high school biology teacher (22 years at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy). Treasurer of Governor Wentworth Arts Council.

MMRG representative on the Birch Ridge Community Forest Management Committe.

Ron Gehl, PE

New Durham, NH

Affiliations: EOS Research; Chair, New Durham Conservation Commission; Former Selectman of New Durham.

Gregg DeMarco

Tuftonboro, NH

Greg DeMarco joins the MMRG Board in his retirement after 35 years working in the environmental field including the last 25 years with ExxonMobil. He has summered in NH for 30+ years and now lives in Tuftonboro much of the year. He looks forward to spending more time in the area as he continues to settle into retired life. When outdoors in the area he likes to volunteer on the trails, hike, bike, boat and otherwise enjoy NH’s bounty. Greg is looking forward to the opportunity to serve MMRG, particularly in the capacity of strategic planning, fostering partnerships with other conservation groups, and supporting conservation and educational programs.

Peter Goodwin

Wolfeboro, NH

Affiliations: Retired high school Physics teacher and Science Chair. Past board member and President of Orienteering USA, and their current Mapping Coordinator and Workshop Instructor. Wolfeboro Planning Board member, web writer for Wentworth Watershed Association, treasurer for Orchards Drive Association.

Jared Kane

Milton Mills, NH

Affiliations: Executive Director of Branch Hill Farm/Managing Trustee of the Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust; Owner of Jug Hill Orchards.

Jacob Evans

At Large

Jacob Evans is a computer security specialist from Tuftonboro, New Hampshire. He grew up hiking and kayaking the lakes region and exploring the woods around his home. His lifelong dream has been to conserve and protect the woods he loves.

Steve Panish

Milton, NH

Affiliations: Milton Conservation Commission

Ian Whitmore

At Large

Retired Corporate Business Analyst and Manager (35 years). Current Tuftonboro Conservation Commissioner.