Johnson Farm & Islands
In an exciting bi-state partnership between ACT and the Vermont River Conservancy (VRC), we are pleased to announce that we have conserved a historic farm in Monroe, NH.
Richard Johnson is the owner of this 311-acre property that includes riverine habitats, islands, forests, and great agricultural soils. A dairy farm until the 1990s, today the rich bottomland is used for corn and hay.
This land has been in the Johnson family since about 1800. Mr. Johnson wanted to honor the legacy of his ancestors and ensure that the land stays open and not turned int a development or trophy home site. It’s an excellent example of how ACT can preserve New Hampshire’s landscape and tradition of farming. We did this with a ‘farm-friendly’ easement, meaning farming and forestry are encouraged in the future.
Rolling fields, forests, and riparian zones provide habitats for rare plants, animals, and shorebirds making this land highly ranked by the New Hampshire Wildlife Action Plan. In total 2,248 feet of CT River shore land are protected. On a clear day you might glimpse bald eagles or osprey that nest in the area.
The two islands included in this property will be managed by VRC, to further promote recreation on the river and create a new campsite for the Connecticut River Paddlers Trail.
- Click here to listen to the NHPR story.
- Read articles by The Caledonian-Record, The Union Leader, the White Mountain Record, and an article and editorial in the Littleton Courier.
We are thankful for the generosity of our funders who have made this project possible:
- Federal Farm and Ranchland Protection Program (FRPP), Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Dept. of Agriculture
- Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund
- New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP)
- The NH State Conservation Committee grant program, through the sale of the Conservation License plates (Moose Plate)
- The Russell Farm & Forest Foundation
- A bargain sale by the landowner
ACT members and donors, whose contributions covered costs for the several years before the project closed (such as the survey, appraisals, staff work, lawyers) and ACT received the funds listed above.