eNews : January 2017
Monadnock Conservancy
A Bend in the River
Photo of Ashuelot River by Stacy Gambrel Ballou Farm on the Ashuelot now conserved

It could have been divided up by development -- but instead, this farm's beautiful hay fields and extensive river frontage will be kept open as farmland and wildlife habitat and play a key role in flood control.
 
Mary Ballou's family has had ties to the Monadnock region for ...


"Keeping land open for farming is vitally important. - Mary Ballou
What's in Your Woods?
Photo of About My Woods app by Lee Burnett
Find out with this new tool

The About My Woods app will help you learn what you're seeing when exploring in your backyard woods, or at any favorite local spot. Learn to identify trees, shrubs, herbs, invasive plants and wildlife tracks, all from your Apple or Android mobile device. You can even record your own field notes with this free smartphone app.


Cute but Expensive
Photo of a flying squirrel by Leah Heady
Flying squirrels love attics as winter dens

Are you hearing noises above your head or in the walls at night? It might be a Northern flying squirrel -- or six. Flying squirrels, with their big dark eyes, snow-white bellies and soft fur, are nocturnal and very social animals. They tend to share nests, and an attic provides ample space for many squirrels.


Winter Adventures in Your Town
Photo of a snowshoer by Stacy Gambrel
Town forests are great for a snowshoe or hike

Did you know New Hampshire has a history of town-owned, common lands? Many towns still keep the property open for public use, often partnering with us to conserve the land. Explore trails at Rindge, Temple or Walpole town forests, or Widow Gage Town Forest in Fitzwilliam. Is there a town forest near you? Simply contact your town clerk or conservation commission to find out.

Photo of Ryan Owens
Let's do more together in 2017. More land conservation. More people outside enjoying nature. More local food on our tables.
 
As Helen Keller famously said, "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." Together we are more than the sum of our parts. Together we can do great things. Together we can protect forever the land we love. Thank you for your continued support and for being a part of "together."
 
With gratitude,
Ryan Owens
Ryan Owens
executive director
603-357-0600, ext. 103
Ryan@MonadnockConservancy.org

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Photos by Emily Hague, Stacy Gambrel, Forest Works!/Lee Burnett, Flickr/Leah Heady, Stacy Gambrel and Emily Hague.
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