BRCC is working with the forest society on nearly 500 acres of land to be conserved  to the North and South of the Morse Preserve.  The southerly tract is a 222-acre parcel that includes the ridgeline that travels south from Pine Mountain and links to the 203-acre Alton Bay State Forest. This property includes a southwesterly facing cliff and rock ledges with a talus slope below.  The northerly tract is a 250 - acre parcel which stretches from the Morse Preserve to Jesus Valley Road. The Forest Society will be working to complete both of these projects over this fall and winter.   Project costs are $164,000.  Please support this project by donating to the Forest Society here: https://forestsociety.org/project/morse-additions

 Map MorseAdditions April2022

The Conservation Community and BRCC lost a dear friend and colleague in January 2021.  Tom was a founding member of BRCC and was our leader for conservation projects in the Belknaps.  Read a tribute to him by Jack Savage, President of the Forest Society here.

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.

Success!  This property has been conserved!

weeks property project thumbnailThe Lakes Region Conservation Trust teamed up with the Gilford Conservation Commission on this Conservation Project in Gilford.  Previously, LRCT and Conservation Commission successfully conserved Piper Mountain and the Jail Pasture.   This time, LRCT and the Commission worked to conserve the Weeks Property, a 65 acre parcel along Belknap Mountain Road that abuts other conservation land on the village side of Gunstock Mountain.  The property has now been conserved and work has begun on planning trails and a parking lot.  A celebration will be planned after this work is complete.

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