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Crow Mountain Easement: Betty and Ben Warner's Legacy

December 23, 2013
SHELBURNE — On September 25, in a late-afternoon gathering at Betty Warner's home, Crow Mountain Farm on the North Road, a small group gathered to celebrate the signing of the easement deed for the protection of Crow Mountain. IN doing so, Betty fulfilled a dream that she and her late husband Ben had shared and pursued for over a decade.

After spending more than 50 years first summering and then living on this beautiful land, that includes both Crow Mountain itself and fields and forest bordering on the Androscoggin River, Betty was determined to protect the land as a natural habitat and refuge for wildlife forever.

In Betty's words, "I am happy to think of the boundlessness of the land's gifts to me and pleased to be giving these still remote and beautiful acres a future as free as possible from the threat of human destruction."

Crow Mountain encompasses 240 acres of land on both sides of the North Road, including a variety of woodlands, the mountain itself, some open fields, a river island, a kettle hole pond, and one trail to the summit of the mountain. It is a key protected area in a much larger effort on both New Hampshire and Maine to provide wildlife corridors connecting the National Forest south of the Androscoggin with protected state lands to the north of the River. As development in western Maine and Coös County continues to diminish habitat, larger species of mammals need these corridors to continue to thrive. Betty has always been a keen observer of the natural world and its creatures, large and small.

Ben and Betty's two daughters, Rebecca and Marta, fully share their parents' desire to assure that this land of the childhood wanderings will remain untrammeled. The land has a plan for sustainable forestry and will be harvested with the health of the forest and its value as wildlife habitat as primary goals.

Many members of the Shelburne community have supported Betty's determination to protect Crow Mountain with contributions to the Mahoosuc Land Trust's Stewardship Fund. Both the Werner family and the Land Trust are grateful for the generosity of Betty's many friends who have helped bring this dream to fruition.

This was republished with permission from the Mahoosuc Land Trust "Notes" — Fall/2013.

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