GILFORD — The Muehlke Family Tree Farm of Gilford is pleased to announce that it will donate $1 from every Christmas tree sold during the 2014 holiday season to the Lakes Region Conservation Trust in support of LRCT's land conservation efforts.
The Muehlke Family Tree Farm is a certified Tree Farm of the American Tree Farm system and a member of NH-VT Christmas Tree Association. The Farm offers many varieties of Christmas trees to choose from, and guests can enjoy free hot cider while you walk the beautiful property to choose and cut their own tree.
"It felt like a natural partnership," said Rick Muehlke of the Farm. "Both of our organizations are dedicated to the conservation and protection of the land in Gilford and the Lakes Region." Muehlke noted that most of their Tree Farm, owned by Al Rollins and Jane Muehlke-Rollins, was placed in a conservation easement with the Town of Gilford in 1996. This has permanently protected 120 acres on the western slopes of the Belknap Mountains, including the site of the first ski lift in New Hampshire, a 3,000 foot long rope tow.
LRCT President Don Berry said that "LRCT is very grateful for the Muehlke Family's generosity in making these donations and also for their commitment to land conservation in Gilford and the Belknap Mountain Range."
Recently, LRCT and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, along with the Belknap Range Conservation Coalition and its members, have worked together to conserve four key parcels of land in the Belknap Range totaling over 950 acres and encompassing parts of key hiking trails, including the most popular trails to the summit of Mt. Major. More than 1,800 individual donors, foundations, and other grant-making organizations, and the towns of Gilford and Alton, provided support for the project, and the $1,800,000 campaign goal was reached in late August 2014. To learn more about the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, visit LRCT's website at www.lrct.org or call 603-253-3301.
The Muehlke Family Tree Farm is located at 320 Belknap Mountain Road in Gilford and is open weekends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For further information about the Muehlke Family Tree Farm, visit the Farm's website at www.muehlkefamilytreefarm.com or call 603-524-9507.
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