Blog : Southeast Land Trust to Host Annual Fall Fundraiser

By Katelyn | Oct 19, 2015 | in

The Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire (known as SELT) will celebrate the 13th Annual Fall Foliage Fundraiser on November 7, from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. at the Portsmouth Harbor Events and Conference Center in Portsmouth. This evening is the Land Trust’s biggest event of the year and will feature complimentary food and drinks, silent and live auctions, a fun photo booth, and live music by Sea Smoke.

SELT is a nonprofit conservation organization working throughout the southeastern region of New Hampshire, from Salem in the south to as far north as Wakefield. The Southeast Land Trust’s mission is to protect and sustain the land in our community for clean water, fresh food, outdoor recreation, healthy forests and wildlife. In 2014, the Southeast Land Trust merged with the Strafford Rivers Conservancy to create a stronger land trust and protect an even greater portion of southeastern New Hampshire.

At the time of the merger, the new SELT was responsible for the stewardship and protection of more than 13,000 acres throughout the region. The merger resulted in a more united voice in conservation, and SELT now covers 99% of the Great Bay Watershed.

“This means that nearly every drop of water that falls in our territory will end up in the Great Bay – and protecting our region’s water quality is a core piece of our mission,” said Isabel Aley, Development & Communications Manager at SELT.

Like most land trusts, SELT protects New Hampshire land through conservation easements, deed restrictions, and by acquiring full property ownership. When a conservation easement is put into place, the landowner continues to own the property, but the uses of the property are limited and rights are given to the overseeing organization. Properties can be protected for wildlife habitat, education, recreational activities, and many other uses, and SELT monitors the property throughout the year while staying in touch with the landowner.

Many residents are not aware that some of their favorite places in the area are protected by conservation easements between the land owner, SELT, and the partnering town. Some nearby properties include Scammon Farm in Stratham, Flagg Hill Winery and Distillery, Gilman Park in Exeter, and Batchelder Farm in Hampton. SELT has also secured full ownership of numerous properties through donations, wills, and sales, in which the organization conserves the land and the property owner no longer pays taxes or manages it.

To continue to secure conservation easements and property ownership, the Southeast Land Trust relies on the support of donors throughout the year, and funding from the annual Fall Foliage Fundraiser each November.

“For one night, our members and partners all come together to support our conservation work and enjoy a great party,” said Aley.

This year, the fundraiser is supported by a lead sponsors Bay Ring Communications, Center for Assessment, and Cambridge Trust Company of New Hampshire. The fundraiser is also sponsored by various local businesses that are committed to furthering conservation in southern New Hampshire, including the Green Alliance and one of Green Alliance’s green-certified Business Partners, Chinburg Properties.

The Fall Foliage Fundraiser will feature a silent auction with over 100 items donated from local businesses, and a live auction orchestrated by a professional auctioneer. The live auction will include many exciting items like a week stay at Mittersill Alpine Resort in Franconia Notch, a weekend stay slope-side at Sugarloaf, and Cabernet Lovers Dream Collection. The night will showcase live music by Sea Smoke, a photobooth, delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts as well as complimentary beer & wine.

Tickets are on sale and are $60 for SELT members through October 30th and $75 for non-members.

Visit the auction website to view items, buy tickets, and register for the auction. 

Click here for more information about SELT and to purchase tickets. Join the Green Alliance as a Sustaining Member by October 26, and receive 2 free tickets!