Welcome!In 1969, a group of neighbors created the Piscataquog Watershed Association (PWA) to protect critical land along the Piscataquog River. Now the Piscataquog Land Conservancy (PLC), that legacy has grown to include nearly 6,000 acres on 100 conservation tracts.
Bobcat on Black Brook property in Goffstown. Photo by Annie Branch
Race to the Finish on Key PLC Land Projects
September 2015 - With the arrival of autumn, PLC is racing to complete our two biggest conservation projects of 2015: the 189-acre Rose Mountain project in Lyndeborough, and the 101-acre Black Brook project in Goffstown. Since our last newsletter hit mailboxes in June...read the full story in PLC's Fall newsletter
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PLC's Fall 2015 newsletter is hot off the presses! Read it -- in full color -- here: PLC Fall 2015 Newsletter Our Fall issue is generously underwritten by Goffstown Hardware - thank you! The PLC newsletter is designed by Cindy Stave of Weber Stave Design. Visit Weber Stave at www.weberstave.com.
Beyond the Backyard
By Joslin Bennett
September 2015 - We have all heard about the benefits of getting our children outside playing in the backyard -- but what about the value of something a little more adventurous? Where do you go when you want more adventure than what can be found in your backyard, but you aren’t ready to tackle a major excursion to one of NH’s grand natural tourist destinations? PLC is here to help you find that natural gem that has been conserved close to home and is accessible to little legs.
At some point getting away from the house can do you and your child a lot of good. A “hike” with your toddler or preschooler can allow you to push their comfort envelope and give them the opportunity to see new habitats and critters that they might not have seen at home. A properly chosen length hike can push them to strive to achieve a goal. A view, vernal pool, huge old tree or babbling brook at the end of a quarter mile flat walk can be a destination to strive for. Along the way, let their excitement of searching for mushrooms, building fairy houses, and getting dirty lead the hike at a leisurely pace.
I have never gone to an anger management class, but part of me wishes I had. I want to learn what to be teaching my preschooler as the best ways to deal with her frustration and anger when things don't go her way. Since I haven’t a class to use for reference, I instead go with my gut… with what I do when I get frustrated and upset. I get outside! Sometimes reluctantly -- but it always helps. It is amazing how the sights, sounds, and sensations can help you take deep breaths and feel a little better about the world.
PLC strives to offer land to explore in your neighborhood or town that can provide those places for you to go with your child -- to go and decompress, but also to explore and enjoy. Many of our properties offer short trails perfect for little ones. What do they see? What do they smell? And what can they find? On September 30, come join me for a walk in the woods with my little ones -- Maggie, 3, and William, 6 months old. We will find a place that allows for walking, exploration, and games. Bring a snack and we will be done in time for lunch and nap. The hike will be tailored to preschool-age kids and toddlers. Register at the "Upcoming Events" tab of this website.
PLC recognizes the importance of having accessible local land in conservation because we know that the future of that beautiful land is not only in our hands but also in the hands of those who will inherit it. We realize the importance of getting kids out hiking and exploring so that they too understand the value of conservation and good stewardship of their local natural wonders. To find conserved land and hiking trails near you, click the Land Conservation tab of this website to find a list of protected properties. See you in the woods!
Joslin is a member of PLC’s Board of Trustees and lives with her family in Henniker.
From My Corner...
By Chris Wells
September 2015 - Much of PLC’s day-to-day conservation work is driven -- as it should be -- by the intrinsic value of land itself: as watershed that sustains our rivers and lakes, as habitat for animals both common and rare, as good soil for growing things. But preserving natural habitat for people is of equal importance, for we are of nature, not outside of it. We all have our preferred way of connecting with the natural world – hiking a mountain trail, dropping a fishing line in a river, riding a bike or horse on a sun-dappled dirt road, tracking a deer, listening to birdsong. As technology makes it ever easier to turn inward into a virtual world of our own creation, it becomes even more important to get ourselves and people we care about unplugged and outdoors. We can be proud of the effort PLC makes to get people connected with the land we conserve. The sheer variety of outdoor events we offer sets us apart, especially for an organization of our size. In the year ahead, we will continue to broaden the array of outdoor events we offer, and to keep looking for new pathways for people to connect with their local landscape and with each other. An outing we are running at the end of September is a great example – for the first time we are offering a walk tailored to young children and their parents. With the success of our first-ever mountain bike ride in July and inaugural “Rose Mountain Rumble” in August, we will definitely be offering more bicycling events next riding season. Other ideas for the future include outings for equestrians and snowmobilers, more paddling trips, and events for hunters and anglers. Like so much of what PLC does, our outdoor events are only possible because of many people giving generously of their time, talents and passion. If you have an idea for an outing you’d like to help organize, I’d love to hear from you. As the days get cooler and the woods blaze with color, make time to get outside and enjoy this amazing place we call home. See you out there.
Chris is PLC's President/Executive Director
Photo by Pat Nelson
October Walks with Gordon Russell
Gordon Russell (Photo by Chris Wells)
Reprising our popular small-group walks from earlier this year, PLC is offering three walks on consecutive October weekends with well-known trail guide and PLC co-founder Gordon Russell. The walks are limited to 10 people, and no cell phones or pets please. Enjoy three beautiful PLC properties during peak fall foliage. We can also assure you will learn a lot, and have a great time doing it!The walks are scheduled for Oct. 3rd, 10th and 18th. Register at the "Upcoming Events" tab of this website.
Volunteers and Sponsors Make Lobster by the River a Success
On Labor Day PLC held our 7th Annual Lobster by the River fundraising dinner at Parker’s Mill in New Boston. 120 PLC members and friends enjoyed a traditional New England lobster bake on the banks of the Piscataquog River. This year’s event was a big success thanks to the help and generosity of many people. First and foremost, thank you Bill Tucker for once again procuring all the ingredients and running his lobster rig. Thank you Gail and Randy Parker for hosting on your beautiful riverside property. Thank you to our “Team Lobster” volunteers who pulled together all the myriad details and kept things running smoothly: Betsy Holmes, Carol Hess, Karen Salerno, Sherry Hieber, Kelly Kennersen, Deanna and Mike Powell, Candy Woodbury, Vera Magruder and PLC’s own Donna Seidel. Thank you Monadnock Tent & Event and Northeast Café for making the setting and the menu complete. Thanks to Mac Holmes and Cody Howe for providing the music, and to Kiah Walker for donating original artwork for this year’s event invitation. Huge thanks to Jennifer Carleton and Harold Losey of RBC Wealth Management / the Losey Carleton Group of Concord for their loyal and incredibly generous financial sponsorship of Lobster by the River. Last but not least, thanks to everyone who shared their Labor Day with us - thanks to YOU it was a great party and a financial success. See you next year!
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By Chris K. Borg
September 2015 - On the wind of a passing cold front, autumn’s first chill brings with it not only brilliantly colored foliage, but also a great winged exodus. On cool north-northwesterly winds following an autumn cold front, southbound birds take advantage of Mother Nature’s subtle nudge. The first couple of days after a passing cold front in September and October are the best time to witness fall’s feathered migration. Raptors spanning several species are especially visible, and New Hampshire’s southwestern highlands are a noted New England location to observe the spectacle. Gliding southward and following ridge lines, hawks, falcons, and eagles are further assisted by the convective thermals that rise from the region’s low valleys. As a result, high points with open vistas offer birdwatchers exceptionally close views. Broad-winged and Sharp-shinned Hawks are expected species, as is the American Kestrel, a diminutive but colorful falcon. In fact, as many as fourteen raptor species pass through New Hampshire annually, spanning thousands of individuals. To learn more about hawk migration in New Hampshire consider registering for PLC’s field trip to the summit of Rose Mountain in Lyndeborough in early October. The mountain lies within a known raptor migration corridor and annually thousands of birds are tallied by vigilant observers from nearby peaks. We’ll try to schedule this event under optimal weather conditions for migration, so some flexibility on timing is required. Pre-register for this event at http://plcnh.org/events/ and we’ll keep you posted on the timing.
Chris is PLC’s Stewardship Coordinator and an avid naturalist. He will be guiding PLC’s Rose Mountain Hawk Watch Field Trip this October.
Photo by Steve Byland (Dreamtime.com)
You Came, You Saw, You Rumbled.
On Saturday August 29th, 33 riders participated in PLC’s first annual Rose Mountain Rumble, circumnavigating Rose Mountain on the back roads of Lyndeborough, Francestown, New Boston and Greenfield. Afterwards riders and volunteers relaxed at Lyndeborough’s old town hall for a delicious homemade lunch prepared by the Wilton-Lyndeborough Women’s Club. Huge thanks to everyone who came out to ride the Rumble -- you make it a success both as a ride and as a fundraiser for the Rose Mountain project. Big thanks also to our business sponsors Airmar Technology, HPM Insurance and WTB Tires, and to everyone at the Town of Lyndeborough for hosting the event and Lyndeborough Police Chief Deware for helping us keep everybody safe out on the roads. Thanks to “bike whisperer” mechanic James McDonough for being our volunteer wrench for the event, and to DadoPrint for cutting us a break on the ride tee-shirts! Above all, the Rose Mountain Rumble would never have happened without the vision, talents and hard work of Doria and Doug Powers and Kris Henry of 44 Bikes in Lyndeborough. We will Rumble again in 2016 so keep watching the PLC website and Facebook page. To see photos from the event visit our Facebook page
Poster design by Kris Henry