Please join our friends from the UVLT and members of the MWCC for the upcoming hikes/snowshoe next month. We hope to see you there!
Bear Pond Celebration Hike
February 8th, 2020
Canaan Town Forest Parking Lot
We are celebrating Bear Pond! From its rich history of local conservation efforts, to its ecological significance in the area, to its recent change in ownership from MWCC, who cared for the property for decades, to UVLT.
We will meet in the Canaan Town Forest parking lot and hike together to the Nature Hut where we will briefly stop to look inside. We will then bushwhack out to the pond using a never before used route! At the pond we will stop for a few remarks on the property. Back at the Nature Hut we will have hot chocolate before heading back to our cars. Total hike distance: 3mi, moderately easy.
The Annual Bear Pond Snowshoe.
Tentatively scheduled for February 22nd, 2020.
Meeting place and time to be determined. Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for further details.
Please join your board for our annual meeting on Saturday December 28th at 4:30pm at the Enfield NH Community Center. Board member Len Reitsma will present his work on managing his forest for avian habitat. We hope to see you there!
Avian Community Response to Group-Selection Harvest on an American Tree Farm in West-central New Hampshire
Len Reitsma and Kelsey Pangman
Plymouth State University
Saturday 4:30PM, December 28 2019, Enfield Community Center
Many species of birds rely upon disturbance that creates early successional plant structure. Our research documents the bird community response to an experimental group-selection harvest that created small openings in a forest canopy. Our work chronicles the community prior to the harvest and for seven years after it. The change in the diversity of the community was measured with standard censuses, and the reproductive success of marked individuals of selected species was documented. The results have important implications for the role forestry can play in both increasing and sustaining bird diversity in New England forests, particularly on American Tree Farms.
We completed the transfer of the property to the UVLT in June of this year. Since then the UVLT has been busy blazing trails, installing kiosks, and appropriate signage. We hope our members will get a chance to wander Bear Pond while the foliage is in full color and enjoy the fruits of all the labor! Hope to see you on a trail soon.
On September 23rd ten intrepid hikers came out for our first Walkabout on our newly acquired parcel. Our latest trail follows the Mascoma River to the NW corner of the property. We hope to lead a snowshoe hike across the property once snow starts to fall. Hope to see you there.
Thanks to all of you for making our purchase of the “Rubinstein” parcel in Canaan NH possible. This parcel of approximately 46 acres connects the Mascoma and Herman L Webster Wildlife Management areas, and includes significant wetlands as well as valuable river frontage on the Mascoma River. We hope to develop a system of trails on the property over the next year. Stay tuned for pictures soon! Thanks again!!
Just a quick note that we hope to have the bridge completed by month end. Stay tuned for further announcements. As of 7/1/18 the bridge is now open!
In 2016 the Mascoma Watershed
initiated a fund raising campaign
aimed at purchasing
the Bird- In- Hand Farm in
Canaan NH. Unfortunately
that fund raising campaign
was unsuccessful. In 2017 a
letter was sent to all donors
offering to return their contribution.
For any donors
who did not receive this letter
or who have not yet responded
to it, please be advised
that you may request
that your contribution be returned
by writing to Mascoma
Council, PO Box 704, Enfield
NH 03748. All contributions
for which a request for return
has not been received by
June 30, 2018 will be transferred
to the General Operating
Fund of Mascoma Watershed
for use in our ongoing conservation
and education activities.
Donald Lacey, Treasurer
The Switch Road access to BPNA is temporarily closed while we have the decking over the Mascoma River replaced. The deck will be replaced with locally harvested and milled Hemlock, and it will be spaced to allow water drainage. The hope is to have the project completed over the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned for further announcements.
Three members of the MWCC and one volunteer met on Sunday August 20th, 2017 for a trail maintenance and invasive species removal party. Len attacked the Scotch Pine population that is invading the sand pit area, while Alice, Elizabeth, and I focused on opening up the trails around the Switch Road access. The three of us later joined Len to help with the cleanup of his project and noted that he had cut down easily 25+ trees. While this was the bulk of the trees, sadly there are still more that need a visit from a chainsaw. That said the property looks much better. In addition to this work the MWCC is getting bids for the replacement of the hemlock on the bridge off Switch Road, as it is rotting apart. We hope to have someone contracted to complete the replacement by year end. Stay tuned for further developments.
In addition, as a follow up to the previous post. The Stephen Long presentation was a complete success! Over 50 people attended his wonderful presentation, and he did manage to sell most of the books he had brought with him. Thanks Stephen for the great job!