Calendar

West Hill wander

Saturday, August 9, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join Conservancy staff as we explore the woods and wetlands on West Hill in Keene, as part of our campaign to protect nearly 700 acres in the California Brook Natural Area. Come learn why this property is so important. A moderately strenuous, 4-mile-loop hike will bring us to a remote beaver pond with a great blue heron nest. Bring water and lunch.

Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy.
Location: Meet for carpooling at the Horatio Colony Nature Preserve parking area on Daniels Hill Road in Keene. (From the intersection of Route 9 and Daniels Hill Road in Keene, drive about 800 feet up Daniels Hill Road and the drive to the parking area will be on your left. If you get to Whitcombs Mill Road, you’ve gone too far.)
Contact: Email Anne McBride or call 603-357-0600, ext. 102.

Active harvest tour at Calhoun Family Forest

Friday, August 15, 2014, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Join forester Swift Corwin, county forester Steve Roberge and land manager Rick Brackett for a tour through an active timber harvest operation at the Calhoun Family Forest in Gilsum. This workshop will provide attendees the opportunity to see the workings of an active cut-to-length timber harvest operation. Learn about working with a forester and NRCS to implement a timber harvest on your property to meet your goals and how a timber harvest can be used to improve wildlife habitat. Sturdy footwear required.

Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy, UNH Cooperative Extension, Cheshire County Conservation District and Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Location: John and Rosemarie Calhoun Family Forest, White Brook Road, Gilsum, N.H.
Contact: Email Steve Roberge or call 603-352-4550.

25th Annual Celebration
Local land conservation: then, now and forever

Saturday, August 23, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to noon

This year we celebrate the organization’s first 25 years and, more importantly, focus on all that is yet to come. Peter Forbes, conservationist, photographer, writer and co-founder of The Center for Whole communities, will give the keynote address, putting our milestone in perspective by describing this pivotal period in the national conservation movement and challenging us to embrace new words, new tools and new partnerships in the next 25, 50, 100 years. Continental breakfast and registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Optional field trips that showcase some of the most important projects in the Conservancy’s history depart at noon (most trips last about two hours).

Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy.
Location: Peterborough Town House, 1 Grove Street, Peterborough, N.H.
Contact: Email Pat Payne or call 603-357-0600.

Best practices for managing land near water

Friday, September 12, 2014, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Join county forester Steve Roberge and forester David Hobson for this informative site visit to a recent forestry operation in Chesterfield. This workshop will focus on identifying important water resources and understanding how land management could affect those resources. Best practices discussed will include vegetative buffers, temporary skidder bridges, water bars, pole fords, and gravel and stone structures. Learn about planning and installation of features to protect water quality and aquatic wildlife habitat. Sturdy footwear required.

Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy, UNH Cooperative Extension, Cheshire County Conservation District and Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Location: Log landing at California Brook Headwaters property, Lincoln Hill Road, Chesterfield, N.H.
Contact: Email Steve Roberge or call 603-352-4550.

Keene Connector through-hike

Saturday, October 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This 3-mile hike follows a new section of trail, part of the in-progress Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail. Hikers should bring water and lunch and be prepared for moderately strenuous inclines and occasionally muddy trails. Registration is required; please sign up by October 1.

Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy and Antioch University New England.
Location: Meet up at Horatio Colony Nature Preserve, Daniel’s Hill Road, Keene, N.H.
Contact: Email Emily Hague or call 603-357-0600, ext. 104.

Maynard Forest American chestnut reintroduction tour

Friday, October 17, 2014, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Join forester Charlie Koch, county forester Steve Roberge and land manager Rick Brackett for a tour through a long term forestry study including American chestnut reintroduction and American beech control at the Maynard Forest in Gilsum. This workshop will provide attendees the opportunity to experience the Conservancy’s innovative project to study methods related to control beech regeneration and restore chestnut to a forest setting. Learn about the benefits of healthy chestnuts to wildlife and the timber industry as well as the issues surrounding beech bark disease and deer browse. Sturdy footwear required.

Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy, UNH Cooperative Extension, Cheshire County Conservation District and Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Location: Maynard Forest, Old Keene Road, off Belvedere Road, Gilsum, N.H.
Contact: Email Steve Roberge or call 603-352-4550.