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BRCC Welcomes New Directors Dan Tinkham and Matt Tarr

Dan Tinkham has lived in Gilford, New Hampshire, for over 30 years and has enjoyed many years of hiking in the Belknaps.  Dan is a consulting hydrogeologist and has led a variety of geologic discussions and hikes around the Belknaps.  He has been very active with the Belknap Range Trail Tenders (BRATTS) for over 10 years and is currently the President of the group, so he maintains a great interest in the status of the extensive hiking trail network that so many enjoy.


Matt Tarr is a professional forester and wildlife biologist.  He is the statewide Wildlife Specialist for the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension where he works in close cooperation with the NH Fish and Game Department to help landowners and communities throughout NH conserve and manage wildlife habitat on public and private land.  Matt has lived in the NH Lakes region for over 15 years and has spent countless hours on the trails, woods, and wetlands in the Belknap Range.

Guinea Ridge Land Celebration and Guided Hike

On Saturday, September 9th, the Belknap Range Conservation Coalition (BRCC) and the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) welcomed land conservation enthusiasts to celebrate two LRCT land conservation projects in the BRCC Focus Area and along the headwaters of the Suncook River in Gilmanton.  These projects are the 124-acre Rendall Conservation Easement and the abutting 88-acre former Fenollosa property, which lie between Guinea Ridge Road and the Griswold Scout Reservation (Camp Bell and Hidden Valley Camp) just downstream from Manning Lake and Lake Eileen.

The program began with light refreshments and recognition for these projects and for the people who made them possible, Nancy Rendall and Marilyn and Michael Fenollosa.  This was followed by a guided hike on the conserved land led by Nancy Rendall.  The Rendall Conservation Easement property encompasses significant parts of a large wetland complex below the outlets of Lake Eileen and Manning Lake, and includes riparian buffer and a perennial stream system that is part of the headwaters of the Suncook River.  The property also includes fieldstone house and barn foundations and fieldstone walls marking intensive agricultural use in the past.  The conservation easement was donated to LRCT by Nancy Rendall, and the property is now owned by the Fenollosas.  The former Fenollosa parcel contains what was the last unprotected portion of a significant wetland and stream system that is part of the Suncook River headwaters, and approximately one-third of the parcel is classified as highest ranked habitat in the state under the NH Wildlife Action Plan.  When the land was in danger of being sold for development, Marilyn and Mike Fenollosa stepped forward to acquire and hold it for more than a year until funding for LRCT’s acquisition could be secured.  Nancy Rendall donated professional services for project planning and wetlands assessment needed to obtain grant funding, and the effort came to a successful conclusion when LRCT received the necessary grant from the NH Department of Environmental Services Aquatic Resource Mitigation Fund.  BRCC and its partner, LRCT, are very grateful to Nancy Rendall and the Fenollosas for their generosity and dedication to the success of these projects, as well as to the ARM Fund for its support for the Fenollosa project.  LRCT’s conservation of these key parcels builds on other conservation achievements in the BRCC Belknap Range Focus Area in recent years involving LRCT, the Society for the Protection of NH Forests, and other BRCC partners committed to conservation of the extraordinary scenic, natural, recreational, and historical resources of the Belknaps.

Dave Roberts

 November 9, 1935 - March 29, 2017

 

 

Dave Roberts, a founding member and director of BRCC, passed away on March 29, 2017.  An avid hiker and mountain climber, Dave was also involved with the Lakes Region Conservation Trust and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

Dave spent decades exploring the Belknap Range, marking existing trails, blazing new trails, and marking the location of numerous natural and historic features.  Using early GPS technology, Dave generated the first hiking trail maps of the Range.  Current Belknap Range trail maps, which can be found on this site, are basically updates of Dave's original maps.

Dave was known as "dcr" on the popular www.winnipesaukee.com Forum, where he posted over 1,400  beautiful photos in the PhotoPost section of the site.  He posted many photos of mountain scenes for the enjoyment and education of the Forum viewers.  In many of his photos he labeled each mountain peak for the benefit of the viewers.  Here is one of Dave's mountain view photos:

Dave will be missed by his many friends, acquaintances, and anyone who happened to meet him along the Belknap Range trails.

LRCT Recent and Current Land Projects

Additional 273 Acres on Piper Mountain Conserved

Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) and the Gilford Conservation Commission worked together to conserve 273 acres on Piper Mountain in Gilford. This property encompasses Piper’s open summit (elevation 2,044′), the surrounding unfragmented forest and wild habitat, and parts of key hiking trails.

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View from Piper Mt.

(Rick Van de Poll Photo)

Contiguous to thousands of acres of conserved land, the Piper Mountain parcel has long been a conservation priority. This project will ensure that Piper Mountain’s wildness and scenery, popular trials, and magnificent views of surrounding mountains and lakes can be enjoyed by all for generations to come.

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Click on map for printable PDF

Anyone who has hiked on Piper Mountain or elsewhere in the Belknaps, or who enjoys the views of the Belknaps from around the region, can attest to the beauty of this landscape. YOU were the key to permanently protecting a critical part of this landscape.

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Piper, the dog, on her namesake mountain

(Nanci Mitchell Photo)

More information from the LRCT about these, and other, projects is available here:  Recent and Current Land Projects

You can read more about LRCT's past success conserving land in the Belknap Range here.

Thank you very much for your support!

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