Trail skills workshop

Postponed! Stay tuned for rescheduled dates.

This two-day training is intended to help community and land trust volunteers gain the skills needed to create and maintain trails, enabling them to facilitate trail projects back home. The training will feature an introduction to tools and safety procedures, followed by instruction on trail design, construction and maintenance of structures such as turnpikes and stone steps. The training will also include emphasis on volunteer management. Register in advance; local lodging options are available.

Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy, the Student Conservation Association and The Stewardship Network: New England.
Location: John and Rosemarie Calhoun Family Forest, White Brook Road, Gilsum, N.H.
Contact: Email Emily Hague or call 603-357-0600, ext. 104.

Glover’s Ledge hike

Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

As part of the 8th Annual Langdon Fall Festival, representatives from the Monadnock Conservancy and Antioch University New England will lead a hike on a recently conserved, 76-acre forested property along the western slopes of Glover’s Ledge. Please join us for this moderately strenuous 1.5-mile hike as we explore an extensive trail network, visit some recent wildlife openings and enjoy the view of Vermont from a hilltop gazebo. Come learn about this new conservation property that will be used as an outdoor classroom for Antioch and local educational institutions.

Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy and Antioch University New England.
Location: Meet at a large garage located at 212 Cheshire Turnpike in Langdon. From the Drewsville General Store on Route 123 in North Walpole, continue on Route 123 North for 0.3 miles to the four-way intersection (you’ll go down a hill and cross the Cold River). Go straight across the intersection onto Cheshire Turnpike. Drive 1.1 miles and turn right into the driveway to the large garage, located across from Hubbard Farms with the chicken coops.
Contact: Email Anne McBride or call 603-357-0600, ext. 102.

Keene Connector through-hike

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 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.

American chestnut reintroduction tour at Maynard Forest

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.