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Rescheduled: MMRG’s Union Meadows Conservation Outing

 

On Saturday, March 23, Moose Mountains Regional Greenways (MMRG) will hold a guided winter outing on the 120-acre Union Meadows property in Wakefield. The walk starts along a high gravel esker with scenic views into the Branch River gorge below. After about a mile of woods roads, the trip destination offers attractive vistas of the undeveloped shoreline of Union Meadows.

 

Trip leader MMRG Director of Conservation Keith Fletcher will be joined by Wakefield town officials Dave Mankus and Peter Kasprzyk, Rich Cook of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and Mike Speltz from the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. During the walk, our guides will discuss the important conservation values of the property, identify interesting geological and natural features and signs of wildlife, point out forestry practices implemented on the site, and inform participants about how the land conservation process works. They will also provide an update on the efforts underway to permanently conserve the property.

 

An underlying theme will be the importance of land conservation for preservation of water resources. In a recent study by the US Forest Service, the Piscataqua/Salmon Falls watershed was found to be the most at risk of degradation of any watershed within the 48 contiguous states due to the potential loss of forested land to residential development. Since the Branch River flows into the Salmon Falls River, the protection of woodlands along its banks and on the Union Meadows shoreline plays a crucial role in maintaining the water quality of the Salmon Falls River downstream.

 

This free outing will start at 10 am and finish by 1 pm; please bring a lunch or snack. No pets, please. Pre-registration is required; call MMRG Education Coordinator Kari Lygren at 603-978-7125 or email info@mmrg.info. The event is presented by Moose Mountains Regional Greenways in collaboration with the Town of Wakefield, NH Fish and Game and the Forest Society.

 

MMRG, a non-profit land conservation organization, works to conserve and connect important water resources, farm and forest lands, wildlife habitats, and recreational land in Brookfield, Farmington, Middleton, Milton, New Durham, Wakefield, and Wolfeboro. Throughout the year, MMRG offers many educational opportunities to inform all ages about the benefits of our region’s natural resources.

 

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