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 28 grants totaling $156,500.

Please see the SEPF Grant History below.  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, community-related related charities. In 2018 RDC contributed more than $30,000 to these organizations.

Will Abbott

Chair, RDC Environmental and Community Affairs Committee

SEPF - Grant History

SEPF Grant History

2018
  • Squam Lakes Conservation Society was awarded $10,000 for the Eastman Brook Preserve Project.
  • Loon Preservation Committee was awarded $10,000 for the Squam Lake Loon Initiative.
  • Squam Archive Center was awarded $5,000 to preserve Squam’s unique heritage.
2017
  • Loon Preservation Committee was awarded $10,000 to help continue the long-term Loon study on Squam Lake.
  • Squam Lakes Natural Science Center was awarded $10,000 for the new lake cruise headquarters project.
2016
  • The Friends of the Holderness Free Library were awarded $5,000 for the campaign for the Holderness Free Library.
  • Loon Preservation Committee was awarded $10,000 to help continue the long-term Loon study on Squam Lake.
2015
  • Squam Lakes Conservation Society was awarded $10,000 for the Allen Preserve Project.
  • Loon Preservation Committee was awarded $5,000 to help continue the long-term Loon study on Squam Lake.
2014
  • Loon Preservation Committee was awarded $5,000 to help continue the long-term Loon study on Squam Lake.
2012
  • Loon Preservation Committee was awarded $5,000 for Loon research.
  • Squam Lakes Natural Science Center was awarded $10,000 for the Nature Matters capital campaign.
  • Loon Preservation Committee was awarded $5,000 for the Squam Lakes Loon Initiative.
2009
  • Loon Preservation Committee was awarded $2,500 for continuing an ongoing research project into loon mortality.
  • Squam Lakes Conservation Society was awarded $1,500 for the Squam National Registry Project.
2008
  • Squam Lakes Natural Science Center was awarded $2,500 for their June 2008 Squam Range “Bio Blitz” inventory of plant and animal life.
2007
  • Loon Preservation Committee was awarded $4,000 in support of the research study.
  • 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.
  • Squam Lakes Conservation Society was awarded $5,000 for the purchase of a conservation easement on the 97 acre Dwyer property. 
  • Loon Preservation Committee was awarded $3,000 for the loon mortality and reproductive failure research project.
2006
  • Squam Lakes Natural Science Center was awarded $2,500 to improve the Hubbard Brook Exhibit and underwrite the 2006 summer lecture series.
  • The Loon Preservation Committee was awarded $1,500 for the production of loon nesting signs on Squam Lakes.
  • Squam Lakes Conservation Society was awarded $4,000 to support the campaign to protect the Koenig Forest Conservation Area.
  • Lakes Region Conservation Trust was awarded $10,000 for conservation of the Burleigh Land Limited Partnership Property in the Squam Range.
2004
  • Loon Preservation Committee was awarded $1,500 for a new display about loons and the LPC’s work to protect loons.
  • Center for the Environment, Plymouth State University was awarded $2,000 to organize a conference for all regional and state scientists and environmentalists working to study, preserve and protect the natural resources around our lakes.
  • Squam Lakes Natural Science Center was awarded $4,000 to support construction of a hands-on display at the Science Center’s Mead Gallery and to support the 2005 lecture series.

 

 

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RDC Ecological Assessment

Rick Van de Poll, Ph.D.
Ecosystem Management Consultants, Sandwich, NH

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Squam Lake New Hampshire

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