eNews : July 2017
Farmland for the Family Business
Photo of cornfield by Stacy Gambrel
Food for a dairy herd, a promise for future generations

Rows and rows of corn run down to the Ashuelot River. It's a sea of green, tucked behind a neighborhood and industrial park just off Route 10 in Swanzey, N.H. You would never know that such a peaceful and beautiful spot exists here. Not that long ago... 

"Conserving land is crucial to our family's future. - Stuart Adams, dairy farmer
How Does Water Affect Our Lives?
Photo of water by Emily Hague
10 films highlight current issues
 
Drought can drastically reduce local water supply, resulting in lost crops, the closing of wells, and the death of fish and aquatic critters. The Monadnock Region experienced all this last year. Right now we're OK, but many scientists predict more frequent and more severe droughts in the future. Here is a list of 10 must-see documentaries that outline critical issues facing water in the 21st century.

Summer Residents Are Back in Town
Photo of monarch butterfly by Greg Thompson
Monarch butterfly migration is complete

Each summer the monarch butterfly takes up residence all over New England, coming more than 2,000 miles from central Mexico. Now all energy is focused on reproduction. Females search for milkweed to lay the approximately 500 eggs they produce in a lifetime. It's peak breeding season.

Bring Your Kids (or Grands) for a Hike
Photo of kid hiking by Ryan Owens
Toddle along Porcupine Falls Trail
 
Meet the Hike It Baby group for an easy hike on Wednesday, July 19, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Calhoun Family Forest in Gilsum, N.H. Follow a woodland trail to a sturdy bridge from which to enjoy a view of the small waterfall. Then enjoy a snack before returning to the starting point. It'll be a great outing for all ages!

Photo of Ryan Owens by Alyssa Salerno
Recently I attended a planning meeting for the Cheshire Walkers, a program of Cheshire Medical Center that facilitates outdoor recreation for seniors. The walkers are always eager to try something new, and they appreciate a chance to get outside with friends and move.
 
On the hikes, I see how walking fosters good physical and mental health. Some people chat away, while others simply enjoy the quiet, perhaps mindful of the ways in which they are connected to everything around them.

Ryan Owens
Ryan Owens
executive director
603-357-0600, ext. 103
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Photos by Stacy Gambrel (2), Emily Hague, Greg Thompson/USFWS, Ryan Owens, and Alyssa Salerno.
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