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About Cynthia

cynthia wyatt daughter of carl siemon branch hill farm founderI moved to New Hampshire in 1991 with my husband and eight-year-old twins to help my father, Carl Siemon, manage his hay and tree farm in Milton Mills, NH. This is the same year that my father decided to donate a conservation easement on nearly 1500 acres of Branch Hill Farm’s managed forest and working hay fields to the Society for the Protection of NH Forests (SPNHF). Dad’s transaction with the SPNHF was my first introduction to land conservation and the beginning of my transformation to ardent conservationist.

In 1995, Dad worked with trusted advisors to further insure the conservation legacy of his beloved Branch Hill Farm with the establishment of an endowed private operating foundation, aptly named the Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust (CSFCT). Dad asked me to take over the active management of the farm/trust with focused conservation and educational purposes. We both shared the exciting vision of Branch Hill Farm becoming a living classroom to demonstrate the wise stewardship of the fields, forest, and wildlife; as well as a significant ‘connector’ property for regional greenway efforts. I worked with my father until his death in 2001 to double the size of the Tree Farm to over 3,000 acres. In 2000, I worked closely with our regional conservation commissions to make the vision of greenway connections a reality with the founding of Moose Mountains Regional Greenways (MMRG).

Over the last 23 years, MMRG and the CSFCT have collaborated on successful educational outreach programs and land protection projects. The Branch River Paddle and the Woods Water Wildlife Festival are two of our most successful yearly outreach events. MMRG has been instrumental in conserving over 8,500 acres in our MMRG region and is now a respected regional Land Trust. In my triple conservation roles as Branch Hill Farm manager, founding member of MMRG, and Chair of the Milton Conservation Commission, I have had the privilege of working on highly prioritized land conservation projects within our MMRG region. The most notable successes are the 2,300 acre Moose Mountains Reservation in Middleton and Brookfield and the 340 acre Salmon Falls Headwater Reservation in Milton Mills. Both properties are owned and managed by the Forest Society, are important headwater sources of the Salmon Falls Watershed, and are within a few miles of our Farm’s 3,500 acres. Throughout the years of collaborative team work, we are getting closer and closer to realizing the vision of connecting Branch Hill Farm’s 3,500 acres of forest and fields to neighboring greenway properties.

For me, it is the greenway vision that inspires this meaningful work. There still exist plentiful working New England farms and managed private forests that are a vital part of New Hampshire’s economy and support NH’s vibrant tourism industry. I continue to work closely with our conservation partners on collaborative planning initiatives to conserve and connect the most significant natural resource areas through voluntary land protection efforts. This important work ensures clean air, water, healthy wildlife, recreation; and supports the local forestry, agricultural, and tourism industries. And, as my Dad used to say, “to keep New Hampshire New Hampshire.” My most joyful times are spent in my Dad’s forests and sharing the joy with others.

Cynthia S. Wyatt

Managing Trustee of the CSFCT:  1995 – 2020
Board Chair/Managing Trustee: 2020 to present

Boards and Committees

  • Founding member of Moose Mountains Regional Greenways
  • Past Chair of Milton Conservation Commission
  • Member of Explore Moose Mountains
  • Member of the NH Farm Museum
  • Member of the Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative
  • Member of several NH Land Trusts and Lakes Associations

Awards and Honors

  • 2005 Citizen of the Year Award, Milton, NH
  • 2008 Ellis Hatch Jr. Award of Excellence, NH Fish & Game Commission
  • 2012 Ashton Hallett Conservation Award, Strafford Rivers Conservancy,
  • 2015 Featured Profile in Strafford Regional Planning Commission Master Plan, January 2015
  • 2015 Many Faces of Conservation recognition in Forest Notes, Society for the Protection of NH Forest
  • 2023 Isobel Parke Award, NHTOA

About Jared

jared kane branch hill farm

From a young age I have had a strong passion for conservation and the outdoors kindled from spending summers as a youth in the North Maine Woods camping, hunting, and fishing with my grandfather. One of my passions is fly fishing and I have traveled across the country chasing wild trout, which has taken me to some amazing places and only reaffirmed my convictions that we must conserve the special places we have left.

I was overjoyed when CSFCT asked me to come on as the first Executive Director and to combine my passions for the outdoors, agriculture, education, and conservation to help ensure that the dynamic legacy and mission started by Carl and expanded by Cynthia continues to endure.

Much of my free time is dedicated to preserving and identifying antique apple varieties on ancient trees in the area and making natural cider. The support of CSFCT in my establishment of the Preservation and Cider orchards at Branch Hill Farm has been a true blessing and our outreach through grafting, pruning, and apple history workshops has only helped to inform the public of all the important work CSFCT has done and continues to do in the forestry, wildlife, and agricultural spaces.

I am graduate of University of New Hampshire and currently live on an old farmstead in Milton Mills with my wife Ashley and our four-year-old daughter Kenna.

Jared A, Kane
Executive Director of the CSFCT 2019-Current

 

Boards and Committees 

• Board Member of Moose Mountains Regional Greenways (MMRG)

• Member of Explore Moose Mountains 

Branch Hill Staff, Foresters

Curtis Richards

Farm Manager

Georgia Elgar

Educational Programming coordinator

Haley Berube

Farmer-Educator

Charlie Moreno

Consulting Forester - Strafford County properties

Dan Stepanauskas

Consulting Forester - Carroll County properties

Larry Hersom

Certified Logger

Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust Board of Trustees

Cynthia Wyatt – Chair of the Board/Managing Trustee

C.K. Siemon

Philip Auger

Brian Wyatt

Beverly Siemon

James Strub

Carolyn Settzo