Great Bay Stewards: From the BeginningA timeline of our achievements over the years, from the 1930s to present.
Timeline of the Stewards
Proposal to dredge
Proposal to dredge or dam the Bay between Adams Point and Newington Shore to allow for more shoreline property.
Olympic Oil Company Makes Announcement
Spokesman for the Olympic Oil Company announces its intention to build in Durham the largest oil refinery ever started from scratch anywhere in the world.
Durham residents vote
Ninety percent of Durham residents vote at Town Meeting against the refinery.
Great Bay Trust
Great Bay Trust formed to help preserve Great Bay.
Boardwalk construction at the Great Bay Discovery Center, Greenland, NH.
Meeting held at Sandy Point to discuss forming a support group, following concern that the state was not providing financial support for the Reserve.
Meetings with consultants
Meetings with consultants, including representatives from Wells Reserve, at the Center to decide on creating a support group for the Reserve.
First annual meeting
First annual meeting; Fred Langley (Greenland, NH) become chair.
Trusts and Stewards meet
Joint meeting of the Great Bay Trust and the Great Bay Stewards. “Much animated discussion closed the meeting.”
Grand opening of the Sandy Point Discovery Center
Grand opening of the Sandy Point Discovery Center. First Evelyn Browne award give out. (Dr. William Penhale receives the first award by unanimous vote.)
Great Bay Trustees and Great Bay Stewards vote to merge “By joining with the Stewards we can continue, with renewed energy and commitment, our efforts in protecting and preserving our valuable natural resources,” wrote Richard Langan, president of the GBESCT.
Trustees join Vice President Al Gore
Trustees join Vice President Al Gore on the banks of the Oyster River to announce a $1.6 million restoration and protection plan toward protecting estuaries and reopening clam and oyster beds.
Great Bay Rough Water Swim launched
Great Bay Rough Water Swim launched with seven swimmers.
The Gundalow Company
The Gundalow Company is formed; the Stewards begin developing projects with them.
Graduate Students Complete Research
Stewards fund 10 graduate student research projects.
20th anniversary of the Reserve
20th anniversary of the Reserve.
Great Bay Special Collections opens.
Soak Up The Rain
Soak Up the Rain project begins, resulting in many stormwater management installations.
Wellenberger Woods dedication
Dedication for the Wellenberger Woods Natural Play Area.
Allison Knab becomes the Great Bay Stewards Executive Director; Development Coordinator Lauren Saltman joins the staff.
Accessibility to waterfront improved.
Generous donation received
Stewards receive a nearly $1 million anonymous donation to support Reserve staff and buildings.
Grab & Go a hit
Free Grab & Go educational kits put out weekly during the pandemic, with support from the Stewards.