Winter walk guides Charlie Bridges and Wendy Scribner next to the rock for which the newly-conserved ‘Split Rock Conservation Area’ is named.

On Sunday afternoon, March 5, Moose Mountains Regional Greenways (MMRG) will offer a free snowshoe walk led by wildlife expert Charlie Bridges and forester Wendy Scribner. The outing will take place on newly-conserved private land in Brookfield, where the trip leaders will point out signs of winter wildlife and examples of different forestry management techniques.

A new conservation easement, donated in honor of the late Edna C. Cann by her family, preserves 150 acres of excellent wildlife habitat that are the setting for this outing. Softwood and hardwood forests, wetlands, a beaver pond, and stream frontage along Warren Brook will be protected from development by this easement. As easement holder, MMRG is celebrating its completion by offering this guided snowshoe walk for the public to explore the land, named ‘Split Rock Conservation Area.’ The easement shares a boundary with the 190-acre Warren Brook Conservation Easement that was recently completed by Wentworth Watershed Association. Click here for more information about this exciting project.

Charlie Bridges is a certified wildlife biologist, retired from a 25-year career with the NH Fish & Game Department where he served most recently as administrator of the Habitat and Wildlife Diversity Program. He now serves on the Board of Directors of the Society for the Protection of NH Forests and volunteers for MMRG on its Stewardship and Lands Committee. Wendy Scribner holds a Masters of Science in Forestry from UNH and has worked for UNH Cooperative Extension for over twenty years, currently as the Natural Resources Field Specialist in Forestry and Wildlife in Carroll County. She is also a member of MMRG’s volunteer Board of Directors.

Conditions permitting, the snowshoe walk will take participants along woods roads to see the beaver pond and learn how beavers survive in winter and continue to thrive in NH. Appearance of a local turkey flock is likely and tracks of snowshoe hare, deer, mink and other species will be watched for en route. The forest path will also offer opportunities to observe different forest growth patterns and examples of different logging techniques. Come offer your suggestions to help solve the mystery of what animal ate a certain tree that was spotted during the trip leaders’ scouting expedition!

The outing will take place 1 – 4 pm on Sunday March 5. It is free to all, but pre-registration is required. For directions and to register, call MMRG Education Coordinator Kari Lygren at (603) 978-7125 or email info@mmrg.info.