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land. The land is cooperativelyheld in a revocable trust inwhich my dad and uncle areequal power trustees and mycousin and I are successor trustees. This arrangement has been in place since the 1980’sand was originally put into place by the trustees as a way to pro-tect the land for forestry,wildlife and recreational enjoy-ment for our family.Recently we have started the process of transferring power of the trust from my dad and uncleto me and my cousin, the soonto be trustees. This event in mylife has met with some emotionsof pride and of course some sad-ness as my dad and uncle passthe land on to their families. It isa brilliant move on their part astheir legacy will be protected infamily hands with a guidinglegal document to manage theland into the future under their wishes.All of this might sound a littlehyper-organized for somethingas simple as owning land.However owning forest land is ahuge responsibility that hasmany rewards, and this respon-sibility should be taken serious-ly by all generations involved.How the banks and the IRSview your land is very differentto how you might view it. It isimportant to make proper legal preparations for the transfer of the land to the future owners of the land which in many cases, asin mine, are the siblings andcousins of the next generation.I visit with dozens of landown-ers each year and tote the meritsof good land stewardship.Questions about land manage-ment are important to landown-ers, and although the answersare different on every land-scape, they are not difficultquestions. Land and estate plan-ning is a very different matter.Good land and estate planningrequires members of the familyto get together and discuss thefuture of the land that is current-ly owned by the senior genera-tion. Difficult questions have to be asked and answered.Questions about life, death andthe future, are all very difficulttopics of discussion, but theymust be discussed and agreeupon in writing with the help of a good lawyer. I can tell youfrom experience that it is noteasy, but it should be a priority.The efforts are worth it as thesuccessor generations arerewarded with a clean transitionof land ownership, rather than a big legal mess that ends up cost-ing more than you planned.Estate planning is somethingthat UNH CooperativeExtension can help with so feelfree to contact me at 603-787-6944,firstname.lastname@example.org.This fall I will return to this landto enjoy hunting season. Thesong birds will be replaced byrutting bucks and flushinggrouse. My cousin and I will joke about our new responsibil-ities of trust and my dad anduncle will enjoy the fruits of their labors as their responsibil-ities grow lighter. New Hampshire is celebratingthe 25th anniversary of thestatewide endangered wildlife program with an evening of wildlife and awards October 5.The evening celebration willtake place at the GrapponeConference Center with a recep-tion beginning at 6:30.“The anniversary is an impor-tant chance to raise awarenessof what's been accomplished inthe past 25 years for endangeredwildlife in New Hampshire, andthe many challenges ahead”,explained John Kanter, coordi-nator for the Nongame andEndangered Wildlife Program at New Hampshire Fish andGame.Several species of wildlife and birds of prey, including a pere-grine falcon and owl will be onhand throughout the evening.Awards will be presented to New Hampshire youth, teach-ers, business partners and otherswho have teamed together to bring wildlife back from the brink of extinction in theGranite State. Tickets for theevening are $40 and includereception and seated dinner.For tickets call 603 271 2461 before October 1.