Northern Pass Proposes New Route
A view worth protecting! Lake Winnipesaukee at sunset, as seen from the Belknap Mountains. Photo by Jerry and Marcy Monkman / EcoPhotography Forest Society News June 27, 2013 Everybody Hikes Mt. Major! Campaign to Protect the Belknap Mountains & Trails Gets Climbing
Are you one of the thousands of people who
love the view of Lake Winnipesaukee from
Mt. Major's summit? Did you know that the trails to get there cross private,
unprotected land? It's true, but not well known: There are no protections in place to prevent 'no trespassing' signs from blocking access at any time in the future.
This week the Forest Society, the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) and other members of the Belknap Range Conservation Coalition announced a campaign to protect not only the trails to Mt. Major's summit, but also other recreation and scenic destinations in the Belknap Range.
The Everybody Hikes Mt. Major campaign has started to raise $1.8 million to close on purchase-and-sales agreements on four properties in the Belknap Range. All host key segments of recreational trails, wildlife habitat and access to beautiful views.
We're very excited about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to keep this landscape open for hiking, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, skiing and other recreational pursuits. We hope you are, too, and will join us. You can learn more about the campaign on our website and in this Concord Monitor story, and you can donate to the project here. Let's get climbing!
Northern Pass Proposes New Route
Includes 8 Miles of Buried Transmission Line
On Thursday, Northern Pass announced a "new route" for the most northerly portion of their proposed 180-mile HVDC transmission line,
which includes proposing to bury approximately 8 miles of transmission line in Clarksville and Stewartstown, NH.
"We take it as good news that the folks at Northern Pass at long last discovered the shovel," said Forest Society spokesperson Jack Savage. "They've said in the past that they couldn't and wouldn't consider burial, and it's clear they've been forced to reconsider. Our objective has been to compel them to consider alternatives, and this is a baby step in that direction."
"But if they can bury 8 miles along roadways, then they can bury 180 miles," Savage said.
Upcoming Events Monadnock Trails Week
July 12-16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Mount Monadnock State Park, Jaffrey (meet at the park headquarters at the end of Poole Road in Jaffrey)
Join conservation professionals and other volunteers from the Forest Society and N.H. State Parks in restoring hiking trails on New Hampshire's Mount Monadnock! Come for one day or several, alone or with friends! Prior trail maintenance experience is very welcome but not necessary. Tasks for the week will include restoring and re-marking trails, building waterbars, improving trail tread, and constructing footbridges. What to bring: old clothes, work gloves, a bag lunch and plenty of water. Trail tools will be provided! Contact Carrie Deegan at or call 224-9945.
Edible and Medicinal Plants Walk
Sunday, June 23; 1-3 pm
Private conservation land in New Durham
Sponsored by Moose Mountains Regional Greenway
Naturalist Sally Cornwell engages adults and kids in the delights of native plants. Co-sponsored by Trager Massage, LLC. Cost: $5/adult or $10/family. Please pre-register; call Lorrie Drake at 569-4496 or email. For more info, see.
Field Trip 101: You Can Lead A Guided Walk
Thursday, July 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Conservation Center, 54 Portsmouth St., Concord
This fun, interactive workshop for natural resource volunteers will cover the basics of planning and delivering a field trip. Emphasis will be on leading walks on local conservation parcels, but landowners interested in leading walks on their own land are also encouraged to attend. Participants in this training should be willing to commit to leading at least one outdoor event in the subsequent six months. You can do it! It's easy, it's fun, and we promise you'll feel prepared after this workshop!
Who should attend? Any new or existing natural resource volunteers, including Coverts cooperators, Forest Society land stewards, Audubon Society sanctuaries volunteers, natural resource stewards, trails groups, conservation commissioners, local land trust volunteers, and other community volunteers. Sponsored by the Forest Society and UNH Cooperative Extension-NH Coverts Project. Free; contact Tina Ripley at call 224-9945 ext. 313.