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Sharon Meeker & Burley Family Recognized for Conservation Efforts

Sharon Meeker & Burley Family Recognized for Conservation Efforts

At SELT’s annual Conservation Celebration on June 1, SELT presented two awards to honor individuals who have contributed to land conservation in southeast Rockingham and Strafford Counties. More than 150 people attended the event at Flag Hill Winery.

Four generations of the Burley family were presented with the Jack Heath Conservation Award. This award is given to an individual, organization or community for vision, leadership, and enduring support of conservation in greater Rockingham County in honor of Jack Heath who founded the Rockingham Land Trust. In 2015, the Burley family made it possible for SELT to acquire the Burley Farm, Burley Forest and Haley Woods, more than 400 acres abutting Route 125 in Epping.

Sharon Meeker was presented with the Ashton Hallet Award.  She is currently secretary of the Lamprey River Advisory Committee Wild & Scenic Advisory Committee. This award is in honor of Ashton Hallett, one of the co-founders of the Strafford Rivers Conservancy, which merged with SELT in 2014.

Sharon served on the Lamprey River Watershed Association for 36 years and played an important role getting the Lamprey into the State Rivers Program in 1990.  Because of all her efforts, Sharon was appointed by the state to the Lamprey River Advisory Committee as one of the first chair persons and remained the chair up until recently.  She has been the public face of the Lamprey River and the Lamprey River Advisory Committee and has worked tirelessly to protect the river and the land around it.

 

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Four generations of the Burley family accepted the Jack Heath Conservation Award.

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Nancy Burley Chase, Juliet Burley Mason, and Sarah Burley Birkett are the eldest members of the Burley family.

 

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SELT’s executive director, Brian Hart presented Sharon with the Ashton Hallett Award.