Conservation Solutions for the Places You Love

September 2023 eNews


September Spotlight


Using a hand to compare the size of a small bear track imprint.

It's Coming... the UVLT Annual Report!

Curious about how UVLT operates, and the impact its work has had? Our Annual Report has got you covered!

Report highlights include:

  • A letter from UVLT President, Jeanie McIntyre;
  • By the Numbers snapshot -- did you know UVLT harvested more than 7,000 lbs of food from our food pantry gardens for our neighbors in need?!;
  • Lands in Service -- a reflection of the reciprocal relationship between our community and UVLT-managed conservation areas;
  • 2023 land acquisitions, featuring 7 new properties; and,
  • A variety of captivating photos throughout that illustrate the magnitude of species diversity, and activities (recreational, scientific, maintenance, etc.), across our conserved lands.

With endless gratitude to YOU, and all of our friends who played a role in our achievements this fiscal year. Onward!

Read Last Year's Report!

Current Happenings at UVLT


Final Onion Harvest of the season!

Garden Goodness

While the closing of our Food Pantry Gardens is still a month or so away, we're pausing to share some ongoing updates, and call all volunteers to ACTION (Click the button below πŸ˜‰):

  • Weekly work days at Up on the Hill (UOTH) garden are Tuesdays from 2pm-5pm. 
  • All onions have been pulled!
  • We harvested half of the potato crop at UOTH, totaling ~150lbs, there is still an entire bed to go!
  • The next few weeks at UOTH will be BIG harvesting days. We are getting more winter squash every week, 1 more bed of potatoes, eggplants, and tomatoes.
  • Brookmead potatoes are coming along, They should be ready to harvest mid September.

Sign-up to Volunteer!

View from Eck Conservation Easement to Paradee Riverfront.

The Paradee Property

On June 14, 2023, the Paradee property, located in Orford, NH, was graciously conserved by Linda Paradee who donated a conservation easement to UVLT. This parcel, situated on the banks of the Connecticut River has been in Linda’s family since the 1800s. Linda is a proud Morey family descendant, who first met with UVLT to discuss conserving her property more than 20 years ago. Read more below...

Paradee Property

ο»ΏUpcoming Events


Mission Monarch Tagging Event

September 17, 2023 | Up On the Hill Conservation Area

September 3 –15 is PEAK Monarch Butterfly Migration Week for our area. Adults are riding the southerly winds during the day and feeding in the late afternoon. They roost in trees nearby overnight and are off again the next morning.

Scientists who study monarch migration use information gathered from observations recorded online and tagging programs to learn more about this amazing natural phenomenon.

Everyone is invited to help SCCD & Upper Valley Land Trust collect more information through monarch tagging.

There is no charge to participants and no experience is necessary – so bring yourself, your kids (all ages), your friends, and your neighbors! If you have an aerial net, bring that too, though SCCD will provide the tags, nets, and instructions on how to net and tag monarchs. The monarchs will most likely be foraging for nectar among the flowers in the field and fueling up for the next day’s flight, so it’s a good idea to wear long pants, sneakers and a hat. Bring plenty of water too!

More Event Information!

Geology Hike with Peter Thompson at

Smith Pond Shaker Forest ο»Ώ

September 30, 2023 | 10 AM

  • Meet at the trailhead off of Smith Pond Road*
  • Estimated time of hike between 4-6 hours
  • Please bring plenty of water, snacks, and a lunch to enjoy at the pond!

*Public parking is located at 121 Smith Pond Road. Take Exit 15 from I-89, travel east, up the hill, on Smith Pond Road about .5 miles to the parking and trailhead kiosk.

More Event & Registration Information!

Save the Date for Paddle the Border (PTB)!!

October 1, 2023 | 10:30 AM

The Paddle The Border (PTB) event was started as a way for community organizations from Vermont and New Hampshire to work together to showcase our shared asset, the Connecticut River.

EVENT includes:

  • FREE Shuttle Service (for persons and personal equipment only) from Bradford to Newbury available from 10:00 -11:00 AM
  • Music by Strawberry Farm Band
  • BBQ Lunch at Bugbee Landing
  • All participants must abide by safe boating rules and regulations

More Event Information!

We Know You Love the Upper Valley. We Do Too.

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