Zebedee Wetland Winter Wander
Saturday, March 7th, 1:00 pm.
Come join us for an afternoon wander around UVLT’s Zebedee Wetland in Thetford, VT! Wetlands are important habitats in the Upper Valley, and winter provides us a unique opportunity to see parts of these wonderful natural areas that are hard to access the rest of the year. Along the way we’ll learn about how wetlands species, such as beavers, adapt to winter living. This is a family friendly event, so grab the kids and some warm clothes and come explore with us! Contact Doug Brown 603-643-6626 with questions.
The Appalachian Trail: Conserving and Connecting Habitats
Tuesday, March 24th, 7 p.m. at the Howe Library, Hanover, NH
Appalachian Trail Conservancy regional staff will present a program on Tuesday, March 24th at 7 pm at the Howe Library in Hanover about the opportunities to conserve wildlife habitat along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) in New England. More than just a hiking trail, the A.T. runs across the ridgelines, summits, forests, and fields of the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia to Maine. The Trail connects 8 National Forests, 6 National Parks, 24 federally designated Wilderness Areas, and dozens of state parks and forests with a protected land base of over 250,000 acres, which continues to expand. These lands provide important habitat connectivity, regional flow and potential climate resiliency for a rich variety of plants and animals.
This program is sponsored by the Sierra Club Upper Valley Group as part of its effort to explore and address the effects of climate change on wildlife and wildlife habitat. Program co-sponsors include the Appalachian Mountain Club, Dartmouth Outing Club, Green Mountain Club, Howe Library, Hanover Conservancy, the Hanover/Norwich Friends of the AT, Upper Valley Land Trust, Upper Valley Trails Alliance and the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Free and open to the public, this program will be in the Mayer Room of the Howe Library at 13 South Street, Hanover. Appalachian Trail Conservancy presenters include:
- Hawk Metheny, New England Regional Director
- Matt Stevens, Conservation Resources Manager for Vermont and New Hampshire
- Claire Polfus, Conservation Resources Manager for Maine
Maple Open House Weekend Walk at Sunrise Farm
Sunday, March 29th, 1-4 p.m.
Stop by the UVLT-conserved Sunrise Farm in Hartford, VT, for Maple Open House Weekend fun! Besides fresh maple syrup, there will be spring lambs for petting. UVLT will lead a nature walk through part of the sugarbush up to a stunning view of the Connecticut River and Mount Ascutney. Contact Douglas Brown at UVLT for more information.
Grasslands and Meadows: Ecology and Care
Wednesday, April 1st, 7-9 p.m. at the Howe Library, Hanover, NH
Join the Hanover Conservation Commission at the Howe Library to learn about the ecology and management of fields, wildflower meadows, and wild lawns, and how these habitats support a diverse variety of wildlife and native pollinators. There will be a slide show presentation, and a question and answer session with a panel of local naturalist, land managers, and seed and equipment suppliers. Jim Kennedy will lead the presentation. Jim is a member of the Conservation Commission, a supporter and volunteer of UVLT, and practices as a Landscape Architect and Wetland Scientist, specializing in conservation and wildlife habitat management. He is a beekeeper who tends a small farm and manages part of the Huntington Hill Wildlife Management Area in Etna.
For more information on this event, please call Vicki Smith 603-640-3214 or Jim Kennedy at 603-643-6446. Updates will also be available at www.hanovernh.org
Saving Special Places
Saturday, April 11th, 8 am – 3:45 p.m at the John Stark Regional High School, Weare NH
Saving Special Places is New Hampshire’s Annual Land Conservation Conference. UVLT Stewardship Director, Jason Berard, will be presenting at a workshop on the topic of ownership transitions on conserved properties. The Keynote Speaker, Cameron Wake, a research associate at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space at the University of New Hampshire, and also directs Climate Solutions New England, will be presenting on Climate Change in New England: Past, Present and Future.
For more information and to register, visit savingspecialplaces.org If you’re interested in carpooling with UVLT staff, please contact Douglas Brown at UVLT.
Flavors of the Valley
Sunday, April 12th, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Hartford High School
Meet the farmers, chefs, jam makers, grocers, cheesemongers, chocolatiers, and more, who make the Upper Valley a delicious and beautiful place to live, and sample some of their finest home-grown culinary creations! Stop by our table and say hello! For more information visit http://www.vitalcommunities.org/agriculture/flavors/index.cfm
UVLT Stewardship Volunteer Training
April 18th, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at UVLT’s office in Hanover
Are you interested in learning more about Conservation Easements, and how you can help UVLT? Become and Easement Steward! UVLT has over 460 conserved properties around the Upper Valley and we rely on volunteers to help us monitor each property every year. If you like getting outside and are looking for an ongoing volunteer opportunity, this is training for you!
We will begin the day with an overview of UVLT, conservation easements, and field skills. We will then head off to a nearby conserved property to test out our new skills. Space is limited and registration is required. Contact Jason Berard or Douglas Brown at UVLT to sign up.
Paddle the Border
Sunday, May 17th 10:30 – 11:30 start, at the Woodsville Community Field in Woodsville, NH. Transportation from Bedell Bridge State Park back to the start will be provided.
Come celebrate the river that unites the Upper Valley at the 12th annual spring Paddle the Border! This event is sponsored by the Newbury Conservation Commission, the Haverhill Recreation Commission, and the Lower Cohase Chamber of Commerce, with support from the Woodsville/Wells River Rotary Club.
The Spring Paddle goes from the Woodsville Community Field in Woodsville, NH, to the Bedell Bridge State Park boat launch off Route 10 in Haverhill Corner, NH, an approximately 3-4 hour paddle. Transportation will be provided back to Woodsville. Along the way you’ll pass miles of river front UVLT-conserved farm land, some of the most productive land in the world! For more information about this event contact Douglas Brown or Jason Berard at UVLT.
Lone Oak Trail Hike
Sunday, May 17th, 1 p.m. start
Join UVLT and the Green Mountain Club O-section for a short and beautiful hike in Woodsville, NH. You’ll be treated to one of the best views in the Upper Valley and get to see some of our beautiful native flowers begin to bloom on this rich site above the confluence of the Ammonoosuc and Connecticut Rivers. This hike will be approximately two (2) miles in total length, with a 700 foot elevation gain. Parking for the trail is located along Abbott Avenue in Woodsville. Click for a Location and Trail Map
For more information contact Jason Berard or Douglas Brown at UVLT