The Belknap Range Conservation Coalition (BRCC) led a guided sunset hike on Piper Mountain, Gilford NH, on June 16, 2019.  BRCC members Bev Divaio and Dan Tinkham met hikers at the parking lot at the top of Belknap Carriage Road.  Piper Mountain has an elevation of 2044 feet and the trail is .9 miles long.  The summit is rocky and flat with great vistas west and east.  We enjoyed a nice evening watching the light fade in the west amongst broken clouds.  We also played a questions game about the range with prizes sponsored by TD Bank in Gilford and Bolduc Park in Laconia, followed by an explanation of who owns Piper, and what the BRCC is all about.  To see the 26 questions and answers, Read More below.

On Saturday, June 8th, from 9 am to 2 pm, BRCC and the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) led a guided hike to explore the many unique features of this beautiful part of the Belknap Range.  10 participants had the opportunity to learn about these conserved lands and the natural and human history of LRCT’s Piper Mountain Conservation Area in Gilford and the land known as the Jail Pasture as well the summits of Piper and Belknap.  Russ Wilder, BRCC Chairman and Rhys Bowen, LRCT Trustee,  led participants on this moderate/strenuous hike and shared their knowledge of the historic and natural heritage of this area.  Mr. Bowen, a research ornithologist, helped us identify 18 bird species we encountered and what they were doing at this buggy time of year (see Read More below).  We also saw a very large snowshoe hare already in its brown phase while we were ascending Piper.

The Belknap Range Conservation Coaltion and the Lakes Region Conservation Trust supported the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests' Leave No Trace Hotspot Program at Mount Major June 17-24, 2019

BRCC members supported Earth Day at the Mount Major Trailhead on April 24, 2019.  BRCC members Nanci Mitchell and Russ Wilder supplied hot coffee and snacks for the volunteers cleaning up trail litter.  They also greated hikers in the parking lot and provided information about hiking conditions.


In 2018, LRCT hosted six LRCC-LRCT members for 22.5 weeks from May through October. Members worked on a variety of projects including maintaining LRCT’s 95+ miles of trails, acting as island and property hosts at LRCT’s conservation properties, leading guided excursions and other educational and outreach opportunities. They worked on special property management projects constructing bridges and kiosks, updating property boundary markings and signage, monitoring conservation easements, removing invasive terrestrial plants, and conducting property research and property record keeping projects. LRCC-LRCT members received training in land conservation methods, conservation and recreational land management, and education and outreach.