This Five Rivers’ easement, in Canterbury, has 117 acres of outstanding wetlands, ponds, streams and forest and is owned by Ned and Jean Therrien. This property sits within the headwaters of the Soucook River and has numerous high value conservation attributes including a diverse, productive and well managed forest complete with a network of internal woods roads; varied habitat which supports a diversity of plant and animal species, and a variety of outstanding water resources including two ponds, streams and vernal pools.
New Executive Director
Five Rivers Transitions to First Full-Time Executive Director
In its recently updated Strategic Plan Five Rivers Conservation Trust’s Board of Trustees acknowledged the dramatic increase in the number of properties the Trust has conserved and the opportunities for more proactive conservation work, stronger partnerships, and even greater community involvement. To help realize these goals, Five Rivers has just announced that Beth McGuinn of Canterbury has been hired as its first full-time executive director.
McGuinn brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Five Rivers. A long-time member of New Hampshire’s conservation community, she has held land conservation and stewardship positions in nonprofit and government entities, most recently as the Land Protection Specialist for Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust in New London. McGuinn has facilitated all aspects of land conservation: identifying conservation priorities, coordinating fundraising campaigns and raising grant funds, working with landowners. She has considerable experience working with communities and enjoys community work.
About her interest in the job McGuinn said, “I’ve lived in three of Five Rivers’ communities and worked in eight of them. This is where my sense of place is strongest, and where I’d like to apply my conservation experience and leadership skills.”
McGuinn is on the Board of the NH Land Trust Coalition, a licensed forester, and a strong communicator. She lives with her spouse Ruth Smith in an energy-efficient house they built together and raises chickens, vegetables, and trees for fruit and firewood.
“In addition to her experience with conservation easements, the Board was impressed by Beth’s ability to work well with people, her communication skills, her experience with accreditation (a national program that Five Rivers is preparing to apply for), and her familiarity with many of our supporters and the communities we serve,” said Board chair, Margaret Watkins.
McGuinn succeeds Jay Haines, who came to Five Rivers four years ago as its “part-time” Executive Director to build organizational capacity.