Ilacqua Wildlife Conservation Area
Tony and Carol Ilacqua envisioned their hundred acres in Littleton as a place where the many species of wildlife – “all the critters,” as Carol put it – would have a permanent home. They wanted to protect the land they love and pass it on to their children and granddaughter, who also live on the property. Tony, a long-time advocate for recycling and natural resource sustainability, approached ACT and the New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) about crafting a conservation easement.
The Ilacqua’s conservation easement was recorded in the summer of 2009. ACT holds the easement and NEFF is the back up. The easement recognizes that the mostly wooded property provides habitat to wildlife, and by protecting it from further development, helps protect water quality in a nearby pond, and a tributary stream of the Ammonoosuc River. While it is up to Tony and Carol to decide about public access, they have for years allowed a state snowmobile trail through the property, and their walking trails are enjoyed by neighbors and visitors.
This generous donation by the Ilacquas is the first private, voluntary conservation easement in Littleton. It is a tremendous gift for the community. The Rev. Carleton Schaller, a lifelong conservationist and past chair of the Littleton Conservation Commission, Martha Hill, an ACT board member and current chair of the Littleton Conservation, and Littleton resident and former ACT Board President Christine Latulip all attended the closing celebration at the Ilacqua’s home.