Make end of the year donation to preserve Wilkins land in Mont Vernon
To the Editor:
The Mont Vernon Conservation Commission is delighted that Sally and Tom Wilkins have decided to preserve land they own in Mont Vernon by placing conservation easements with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.
Conservation easements protect land from being developed, but allow land to stay in private ownership. This is a win-win situation for all.
The land owner takes care of the land, pays taxes on the land, but is restricted from developing the land, depending on what the specific restrictions are that are written into the conservation easement and deed. When forestry is done on those properties, land owners also pay a timber tax to the town.
The Wilkins own large parcels of land in Mont Vernon with developable, long road frontage. The Wilkins easements will allow public recreation, hiking, hunting, fishing and snowmobiling in neighborhoods located in or near Old Amherst Road, Beech Hill Road, Lamson Farm and Route 13. This project cost $190,000 and now is in the home stretch needing only $16,000 more to go to completion.
The Mont Vernon Conservation Commission would like to thank Sally and Tom Wilkins for their generosity and commitment to land preservation here in Mont Vernon. Now is a great time to make an end of year tax deductible donation to the Forest Society to support the Wilkins easements to protect the natural beauty and rural character of Mont Vernon for generations to come.
For more information, go to www.forestsociety.
JOANNE DRAGHETTI, JAY WILSON, GARTH WITTY, MARY JEAN MACGILLIVARY, EARLE RICH, JIM BIRD,
SHELLEY BROOKS, LARRY YETTER and TOM WAHLE