Timber Harvest Tour at Cooper Hill Community Forest
Thursday, May 24, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Curious about how foresters choose which trees to harvest, and where the trees are headed? Please join us for a tour of the upcoming timber harvest at Cooper Hill Community Forest that will be conducted by property owner New England Forestry Foundation. This walk is an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about how lands are conserved and managed, as well as ask any questions about the harvest. The walk will go on rain or shine.
Presented by: New England Forestry Foundation and Monadnock Conservancy.
Location: Meet at the trailhead at 572 Main Street (Route 101), Marlborough, N.H.
Contact: Email Chris Pryor or call 978-952-6856, ext. 107.
Guided Bird Walk with Wendy Ward
Saturday, June 2, from 8 to 10 a.m.
Expert birder Wendy Ward will lead her fourth annual walk through the forests and fields of Distant Hill Gardens in search of our avian friends. We will be looking for interesting species, as well as learning how to identify some of the birds by their songs. In the first five minutes of the 2016 spring bird walk at participants saw an Indigo Bunting, Scarlet Tanager, Baltimore Oriole, male and female Bluebirds, and a Black-billed Cuckoo. Hopefully this year's walk will be as productive! After the bird walk you are welcome to stay and explore the rest of Distant Hill Gardens for one of their scheduled "Open Garden Days" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is free, registration is not required, and by all means bring the kids!
WMT Hike #3: Pisgah State Park
Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Part of the Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail hike series, this 9-mile hike zig-zags along old woods roads, ponds, stonewalls, and graveyards, all with fantastic views. The trails are a true moderate level of difficulty but the distance is the adventure. Mostly about fitness, and enjoying a remote area; bring lunch, water, walking stick (as needed), and sturdy shoes. Return transportation provided. Please register in advance.
Presented by: Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail Coalition, Monadnock Conservancy, and Friends of Pisgah.
Location: Meet at the Kilburn Trailhead, Pisgah State Park, Chesterfield, N.H. (Directions: Take Route 63 toward Hinsdale from Route 9 in Chesterfield. Continue 4.5 miles on Route 63. Turn left into Kilburn Trailhead parking area.)
Contact: Email Lynne Borofsky or call Tom Duston at 603-256-6082.
Natural Communities Hike
Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to noon
Please join us for a guided hike at Surry Mountain Lake, going out and back to Lily Pond Brook Falls. On this easy, approximately 4-mile hike we will explore a variety of natural communities and discuss distinguishing characteristics and management considerations. We will hike through rich mesic forest, rich red oak rocky woods, and peek into sycamore floodplain forest as we go along the Ashuelot River valley just north of the lake on federally owned conservation land. We will go rain or shine. Please register in advance by contacting Rebecca DiGirolomo, stewardship manager.
Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy, NH Natural Heritage Bureau, and US Army Corps of Engineers.
Location: Meet at the Dort Road parking area, off Route 12A, Surry, N.H.
Contact: Email Rebecca DiGirolomo or call 603-357-0600, ext. 104.
Distant Hill Gardens & Nature Trail with the Cheshire Walkers
Wednesday, June 20, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Ryan Owens, Conservancy executive director, and Michael Nerrie, designer and owner of Distant Hill Gardens, will lead you on an easy, approximately 2-mile tour. The walk will begin with an exploration of the new Distant Hill Nature Trail, a mile-long wheelchair-accessible trail just east of the gardens. The trail winds through a hemlock-beech forest with several unique wetlands, including five vernal pools and a forest seep. There is also a short boardwalk over an uncommon quaking cranberry bog. After walking the natural trail you can tour the beautiful gardens, the milkweed meadow, some of the many woodland paths, and the new Distant Hill Geology trail if we have time. You are welcome to bring your lunch and picnic in the gardens after the walk.
Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy, Distant Hill Gardens, and Cheshire Walkers, a program of Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
Location: Distant Hill Gardens, 507 March Hill Road, Walpole, N.H.
Contact: Email Ryan Owens or call 603-357-0600, ext. 103.
Fireworks Community Night
Wednesday, June 20, from 4 to 9 p.m.
Fireworks Restaurant in Keene has chosen the Monadnock Conservancy to be the recipient of their Community Night: 10 percent of all sales that evening will be generously donated to the Conservancy. Come hungry, eat well, and with each bite you can support open spaces!
WMT Hike #4: California Natural Brook Area
Saturday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This hike from Chesterfield, N.H., to Swanzey, N.H., takes you on conservation lands with rolling terrain, through recent timber harvests, and along wetlands as part of the celebration of the Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail. The 5.5-mile route showcases a great diversity of landscape and land management techniques in the Monadnock region. Return transportation will be provided. Please register in advance by contacting hike co-leader Rick Brackett.
Presented by: Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail Coalition and Monadnock Conservancy.
Contact: Email Rick Brackett or call 603-357-0600, ext. 105.
Pizza Night at Orchard Hill Breadworks
Tuesday, July 31, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Pizza night with a purpose: on this night, 100 percent of the profits after costs will go directly to the Conservancy. It’s a fun summer evening in a lovely setting, with live music and homemade pizzas baked in an outdoor, wood-fired oven. Bring friends and family, beverages and your pizza toppings of choice (crusts provided). This is a hands-on, guest-led affair; click here to learn more. Minimum donation: $9 per pizza.
Presented by: Orchard Hill Breadworks and Monadnock Conservancy.
Location: Orchard Hill Breadworks, 121 Old Settlers Road, East Alstead, N.H.
Contact: Email Lindsay Taflas or call 603-357-0600, ext. 113.
Save the Date! 29th Annual Celebration
Saturday, September 15
Our annual event is a wonderful chance for you to connect with friends and celebrate what your support has accomplished in the past year. Recent projects are highlighted and there's a preview to the coming year, plus annual awards and refreshments. Optional field trips to conserved lands follow the program. More details to be announced as we get closer to the date.