weeks property project thumbnailThe Lakes Region Conservation Trust is teaming up with the Gilford Conservation Commission on another Conservation Project in Gilford.  Previously, LRCT and Conservation Commission successfully conserved Piper Mountain and the Jail Pasture.   This time, LRCT and the Commission are working on conserving the Weeks Property, a 65 acre parcel along Belknap Mountain Road that abuts other conservation land on the village side of Gunstock Mountain.  Want to help us reach our $145,000 goal?  Go to https://lrct.org/conserved-lands/recent-land-projects/ .

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.

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.

 

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