Squam Environmental Preservation Fund –  Squam Lake New Hampshire

Squam Environmental Preservation Fund –  Squam Lake New Hampshire

Squam Environmental Preservation Fund

In 1997, in honor of our Centennial, the board of directors of Rockywold Deephaven Camps authorized the creation of a charitable endowment dedicated to the protection of the Squam Lakes watershed.

The Squam Environmental Preservation Fund (SEPF) is managed by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (NHCF) as a donor-advised fund. RDC makes annual donations to NHCF for distribution of endowment earnings. Contributions to SEPF are tax-deductible.

The Squam Environmental Preservation Fund makes annual grants to organizations and initiatives that are working to:

  • Maintain and improve water quality.
  • Prevent and eradicate invasive plants, such as milfoil.
  • Protect loon and other wildlife habitats.
  • Encourage low-power and non-power boating.
  • Purchase conservation land for permanent protection and managed public use.
  • Provide environmental education about Squam Lake New Hampshire.
  • Conduct scientific research to advance any of the above objectives.

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Squam Environmental Preservation Fund

 Squam Lake New Hampshire
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RDC Charitable Giving

The Squam Environmental Preservation Fund (SEPF) is a way for the RDC community to make tax-deductible gifts that support the long term conservation of the lake we all love. The SEPF makes grants to promote the natural beauty and ecological health of the Squam Lakes watershed. Since the creation of this fund, the SEPF has awarded 20 grants totaling $86,500.

In 2015 the SEPF awarded two grants, one of $10,000 to the Squam Lakes Conservation Society (Squam’s Land Trust) to permanently protect a key parcel of land on the north side of the Rattlesnakes and $5,000 to the Loon Preservation Committee to help continue its long-term research focused on loon mortality on Squam Lake. For more information on the two grants, please visit the Loon Preservation Committee and the Squam Lakes Conservation Society websites. You can make a contribution by mail or on-line here.

The SEPF fund is managed for RDC by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation as a donor designated fund. The RDC Board makes grant recommendations which advance SEPF goals. A history of SEPF grants are posted below. RDC annually contributes 5% of our Store and Zodiac revenue to the SEPF fund.

RDC also contributes 5% of its net income annually to local non-profit environmental and community related charities. In 2014 RDC contributed more than $30,000 to these organizations.

Will Abbott

Chair, RDC Environmental and Community Affairs Committee

SEPF - Grant History

SEPF Grant History

2015
  • Squam Lakes Conservation Society was awarded $10,000 to permanently protect a key parcel of land on the north side of the Rattlesnakes.
  • Loon Preservation Committee was awarded $5,000 to help continue its long-term research focused on loon mortality on Squam Lake.
2014
  • Loon Preservation Committee was awarded $5,000 for continued Loon research
2012
  • Loon Preservation Committee was awarded $5,000 for research and $5,000 for the Squam Lakes Loon Initiative.
  • Squam Lakes Natural Science Center was awarded $10,000 for the Nature Matters campaign.

 

2009
  • Loon Preservation Committee was awarded $2,500 to continue Loon toxicity research.
  • Squam National Historic Registry Project was awarded $1,500 to help start a formal historic designation process for established summer camps.
2008
  • Loon Preservation Committee was awarded $3,000 on behalf of their multi-year study to identify toxins that may be contributing to Loon morbidity on Squam.
  • Squam Lakes Natural Science Center was awarded $2,500 for their June 2008 Squam Range “Bio Blitz” inventory of plant and animal life.
  • Squam Lakes Conservation Society was awarded $5,000 to help purchase a conservation easement connecting the Rattlesnake Mt. Col Trail to the Doublehead Mt. Trail on the Squam Range.
2007
  • Squam Lakes Conservation Society was awarded $5,000 to help complete a $135,000 campaign to purchase a 97 acre conservation easement on the southern slope of the Squam Range.
  • Loon Preservation Committee was awarded $3,000 to support the second phase of an intensive research study aimed at determining the underlying causes behind the decline of adult loons on Squam and the reasons for reproductive failures.
  • The Center for the Environment at Plymouth State University was awarded $2,500 to support the second annual New Hampshire Water Conference on April 16, 2008 as well as a graduate environmental internship in the summer of 2008.
2006
  • Squam Lakes Conservation Society was awarded $4,000 to create the Koenig Forest Conservation Area on Red Hill.
  • Lakes Region Conservation Trust was awarded $10,000 to purchase conservation easements in the Squam Range.
  • Loon Preservation Committee was awarded $4,000 to investigate winter loon mortality on Squam Lake.
2005
  • The Loon Preservation Committee was awarded $1,500.
  • Squam Lakes Natural Science Center was awarded $2,500.
2004
  • Loon Preservation Committee was awarded $1,500.
  • Squam Lakes Natural Science Center was awarded $4,000.
  • Center for the Environment, Plymouth State University was awarded $2,000.

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