Monadnock Conservancy’s 28th Annual Celebration: Saturday, September 16

I just received this press release (after the September issue was mailed, and event before October) and thought I should share in case you have an interest, or would also like to share.


Ernest Hebert featured speaker at annual event;
celebrating local land conservation and people who love the land

KEENE, N.H. — The Monadnock Conservancy, a land trust for southwestern New Hampshire, hosts “A Portrait of Land and People,” its 28th Annual Celebration at the Walpole (N.H.) Town Hall on Saturday, September 16, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Novelist Ernest Hebert is the featured speaker and promises to be entertaining and thought-provoking. He will share stories from his imagined town of Darby as he explores the idea that we all have a stake in the land. Hebert is a native of Keene who now lives in Westmoreland. He is a Keene State College alum, former Keene Sentinel reporter, and professor of creative writing at Dartmouth College. Hebert is the author of 11 published novels including the much praised and prize-winning books “The Dogs of March,” “Spoonwood,” and “The Old American.” His latest novel is “Howard Elman’s Farewell,” the seventh book of Darby Chronicles.

The event kicks off with a welcome reception at 9 a.m. Then featured speaker Hebert, updates on current land conservation projects, and the presentation of conservation awards are all part of the program that begins at 9:30 a.m. Come anytime.

This year’s conservation awards honor Tom Duston of Chesterfield and Kathy Schillemat of Nelson. All three have been long-time supporters of the Conservancy, volunteering time as a board member and land steward, respectively.

There is also the option of adding to an hour to hour-and-a-half field trip after the program. Choose one of three: a tour of Ballam Farm, a guided walk at Distant Hill Nature Trail, or a hike at Glover’s Ledge. Please bring a water bottle and wear sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots if participating in the field trips. Full details are available on the Annual Celebration page of the Conservancy website (

This event is sponsored by the Savings Bank of Walpole. Free and open to all. Please register in advance, to assure plenty of seating. For more information, you can also email or call 603-357-0600.

The Monadnock Conservancy, founded in 1989, is the only land trust dedicated exclusively to the 35 towns in the Monadnock region of southwestern New Hampshire. Its mission is to work with communities and landowners to conserve the natural resources, wild and working lands, rural character and scenic beauty of the region. Based in Keene, N.H., the Conservancy is an accredited organization that has protected 20,000 acres of forest, farmland, shoreline, wetlands, wildlife habitat, and recreation trails in the region. For more information, visit or call 603-357-0600.


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