Mason Pond Conservation Area Dedication

Quinttown, Orford
2:00 pm, Saturday, August 13, 2016

UVLT and the Orford Conservation Commission are planning to celebrate the success of the Mason Pond project with a celebration and dedication on August 13 in conjunction with “Orford Day.” (Orford Day is a take-off on last year’s 250th celebration and is planned to be an annual event.) Refreshments, remarks, walk to the pond.  Enjoy the beauty and history of this special place as we dedicate ourselves to its long-term conservation and stewardship. Rain or shine, all are welcome.
Directions: From Route 10 in Orford, follow Route 25A east approximately 3.9 miles. Turn right onto Quinttown Road.  Go approximately 1.8 miles to the first right turn onto Mousley Brook Road. Follow it for .4 miles.  About 400 feet after you turn onto Mousley Brook Road the road takes a sharp right (do not turn left onto Marsh Road), follow it uphill and to the left.  At .4 miles the UVLT land is on both sides of the road. Look for signs and parking on your right.

Pre-event hike! Join the Orford Conservation Commission and the Upper Valley Land Trust for an exciting walk over Stone House Mountain down to Mason Pond and Mountain View Farm! We’ll walk through beautiful hardwood forests, see wildlife activity along the mountain top, and wrap up walking through the fields of Mountain View Farm. This hike is of moderate difficulty, with some steep sections and a 3/4 mile bushwhack. We are planning to be back at the farm for the 2 p.m. dedication.
Distance: approximately 3.5 miles; Difficulty: moderate, some steep ascents, and bushwhacking. Meet us at Mountain View Farm on Mousley Brook Road in Orford by 1030 a.m. to carpool over the our starting location off of Upper Stonehouse Mountain Road. Bring plenty of water for a mid-August hike, and a light lunch or snacks for the trip. Contact Doug Brown at UVLT with questions, douglas.brown (at)uvlt.org or 603-643-6626.


Mountain Bike Rides at Ascutney

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Come ride the mountain bike trails at Ascutney with the folks who built them! Jim Lyall and others from STAB (Sport Trails of the Ascutney Basin) will lead three rides from easy to challenging. All are welcome. Bring your bike, your helmet, and a sense of adventure! For more details, email us at contactus(at)uvlt.org

Paddle the Border

Sunday October 2, 2016

A canoe and kayak paddle on the Connecticut River held in May and October. This event’s sponsors include Newbury Conservation Commission, Bradford Conservation Commission, Haverhill Recreation Commission, & Lower Cohase Chamber of Commerce. The Paddle is followed by a cookout provided by the Wells River/Woodsville Rotary Club, live musical entertainment, by the Strawberry Farm Band and displays set up by Community groups to promote historical, cultural, educational, and environmental information about the Connecticut River Valley.

This event is in its 13th year.  The PTB was started as a way for community organizations from Vermont and New Hampshire to work together to showcase our share asset, the Connecticut River.  PTB promotes the natural, cultural, scenic, and recreational resources of the Connecticut River in a way that also provides an economic boost to the area.  PTB is held twice a year, weather permitting.

Put in at  Newbury/Haverhill Crossing boat launch and take out at Bugbee Landing at the Bradford Community Field in Bradford, VT. The Fall Paddle The Border offers a chance to view our beautiful Connecticut River Valley during fall foliage from a great vantage point.    There is a free shuttle service from Bradford [the take out] to Newbury [the launch site] from 10 to 11 am… to make the10am shuttle, plan to drop your boat off  no later than 9:20am. Suggested launch time 10:30 to 11:30  the paddle is about 3 1/2 hours  and the Connecticut River is rated “Class 1 “ [ Flat water] in this area.

Wright’s Mountain Hike

Bradford
Saturday, October 8, 2016

Come be one of the first walkers on a NEW trail on Wright’s Mountain! During the Summer of 2016, Bradford Conservation Commission and Upper Valley Trails Alliance Summer Trail Crew will construct a new trail on permanently protected land to reach the summit of Wright’s Mountain from the southwest. This will be a trail celebration to officially open the new trail! All are welcome. Co sponsored by Bradford Conservation Commission. For more details email contactus(at)uvlt.org.

Hike to Trout Pond

Lyme
Saturday, November 5, 2016

In 1990, UVLT acquired Trout Pond. Three years later, we conveyed it to the Town of Lyme with a conservation easement. Come walk with us along the trails to the undeveloped shoreline of the pristine Trout Pond. The views of Smarts alone are worth the effort! If time allows, we’ll spend some time exploring the forest off trail as well. Co sponsored by the Lyme Conservation Commission. For details email contactus(at)uvlt.org.