Red Oak Farm
A fabulous property with a stately forest, important wildlife habitat, and some unusual plant species is now conserved forever thanks to the generosity of landowners Eileen Mahoney and Jim Pasman.
The nearly 130-acre property is located near Perch Pond in Lisbon. It is part of an area that used to be the Bishop Farm. Local developer Jim Powers bought a large part of that land in the 1990s and subdivided it. Jim and Eileen bought their property in 1999, naming it Red Oak Farm in honor of a giant oak that captured their hearts.
The family purchased the land as a place to get away from the city, enjoy its natural beauty, build a camp, and manage the land for wildlife and timber. They enjoy hiking, cross-country skiing, and other outdoor recreation. Jim and Eileen decided to put a conservation easement on the property to ensure that these uses continue into the future, and that the land remains open and undeveloped. They approached ACT in 2015 about donating an easement on the property.
“One effective way we could sustain that rural, open, and ecologically-valuable space we have is through conservation,” says Jim. “As a family, we felt it was important to ensure our property remained undeveloped, especially for wildlife habitat. For that reason, we chose to donate a conservation easement.”
“Working with the entire ACT team, from Rebecca’s initial visit explaining conservation options, to the Lands Committee’s tour, and then the board confirmation, was a learning process,” Jim continued. “Most important, it confirmed that our values and goals for the property were truly aligned with those of the Trust. We feel as though we are now part of the ACT community or ‘family’ working to conserve and protect the North Country environment.”
Thanks, Jim and Eileen, for the honor of working with you to realize your vison for your land and your commitment to the environment of the North Country now and forever!
Click here to learn more about how ACT protects land, including conservation easements and other conservation options for landowners.
Pearl Lake Shorefront
Three acres along the shore of Pearl Lake in Lisbon, NH are now protected; thanks to the vision of former owner Betty Matthews and the generosity of the current owners.
Rosalind Page and Tom Simpson, who bought Matthew’s property, agreed to donate a conservation easement on the land. Matthews had initiated the project before she sold her house and land and moved to Berkeley, CA, where she is much closer to children and grandchildren.
The shorefront property abuts land owned by the Town of Lisbon and the Aldrich Memorial Pasture, a conserved natural area. It is within the town’s Pearl Lake Conservation District. The town’s master plan states that land within that district “should be protected by purchase or the obtaining of conservation easements.”
The parcel affords an unfettered view across the lake to the picturesque wooded hills and fields of Landaff. A snowmobile route maintained by the Lisbon Stump Jumpers also crosses the property.
This easement was the first recorded by ACT in the town of Lisbon. Thanks to Rosalind Page, Tom Simpson, Betty Matthews, and the town administrators who helped in the easement process.
This easement was completed several years ago. As a sign of her commitment to her new home and to the importance of land conservation, Rosalind joined the ACT Board of Trustees several years ago, and is now serving as its chair.