eNews : April 2018
A Win-Win-Win
Photo of a big boulder in the woods by Anne McBride
Conservation for the greater good and the bottom line

Pat Lake owned 180 acres of forest adjacent to her home in Keene, just north of the Greater Goose Pond Forest. When it came time to sell, Pat recognized that a lot of people grew up spending time out on this land, and she wanted them to feel that they would always have this place to enjoy. The question was ... 

On the Wing
Photo of American kestrel by Josh More Open space helps kestrels thrive
Diving and swooping above open fields to find its dinner, the American kestrel is the smallest bird of prey found in New Hampshire. The protection of farmland and woods with standing dead trees, aka "snags," helps these birds by providing breeding habitat and hunting grounds. With spring migration underway, now's your chance to see them.

Native Landscaping for Your Home
Photo of highbush blueberry courtesy of UNH Cooperative Extension
A few plants to consider

As you plan your garden and begin to dig in the dirt, you can make choices that help slow the spread of invasive species into native areas. One easy decision many property owners make as they become aware of the environmental impacts of invasive species is to choose native plants. Here are a few options for your landscaping. 

"Here's wishing that the beauty of the Earth brings joy to your heart and makes your day even more beautiful."  - Jeffie Armstrong
Photo of a hiking group by Jeffrey Newcomer
Kick-off Party for a New Trail
Thursday, April 12, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Join us to celebrate 20 years of hard work and the completion of a 50-mile trail connecting Wantastiquet to Monadnock. Hors d'oeuvres, wine, and beer will be served. Held at the Historical Society of Cheshire County in Keene.

Stories About This Place
Saturday, April 14, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Six people share their stories from the heart. This entertaining evening is a crowd-pleaser and will leave you with a sense of gratitude about this beautiful region you call home. Sponsored by Fenton Family Dealerships.

Photo of hikers by Emily Hague
Earth Day Hike
Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This moderate, 4.5-mile hike starts the section hike series on the Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail. It's one-way from Mount Wantastiquet (Hinsdale, N.H.) to Madame Sherri Forest (Chesterfield, N.H.), with transportation provided back to the start.

Photo of Ryan Owens by Alyssa Salerno
While we celebrate clean air, land, and water 365 days of the year, it's nice to have a day on the calendar that reminds us of the fact. For Earth Day this year, I encourage you to get outside -- whether for a hike, a quiet moment alone, or chores around the yard. My son and I will be helping mom in the garden and appreciating that we have such a special place to grow our own food. 

Happy Earth Day,

Ryan Owens
Ryan Owens
executive director
603-357-0600, ext. 103
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Photos by Katrina Farmer, Anne McBride, Flickr/Josh More, courtesy of UNH Cooperative Extension, www.partridgebrookreflections/Jeffrey Newcomer, MC staff, Emily Hague, and Alyssa Salerno.
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