2018 Annual Meeting
Join us for afternoon field trips, an excellent dinner, and an evening presentation at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester.
Southern New Hampshire University
2500 North River Road
Manchester, NH 03106
Field Trips and Workshops, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Meeting and Keynote Speaker, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
4:00 Registration and Reception
5:00 Business Meeting
7:00 Awards and Program
Early bird price is $45 per person prior to August 31.
Regular Price $55 per person.
Pre-registration is required. There will be no on-site registration. Please register early as space is limited.
Registration deadline is September 21. Please register early as space is limited. Detailed driving directions and meeting locations will be emailed to registrants.
Andrew Bowman, President of the Land Trust Alliance
As president of the Land Trust Alliance, Bowman provides national leadership for a network of more than 1,200 conservation organizations with 12,000 staff, 15,000 board members, and 5 million members. He works to advance legislation and lobby Congress to increase funding for conservation and manages $4 million in grant-making each year. Bowman leads a dynamic executive team and manages the board of directors and three advisory councils.
Field Trip Options
- "Something Wild" on The Merrimack River, 1-3:30 p.m.
Join NHPR’s Something Wild co-hosts Chris Martin and Dave Anderson for a look at the wild side of downtown Manchester. Learn about the history of the river, the mill buildings, and the return of wildlife to the heart of the city. We’ll visit the Manchester Historic Association Millyard Museum in historic Mill No. 3 and Amoskeag Falls. Participants will also learn about urban raptors, namely, Peregrine Falcons and Bald Eagles, and the fish ladder at the falls, where more than 15 fish species inhabit the river today. Difficulty: A half-mile walk along the Riverwalk in addition to walking at the museum and falls. NOTE: An additional museum fee will apply; pay on site.
- Forest Management and Research at Whittemore Reservation, Lyndeborough, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Forest Society Forester Gabe Roxby will show participants the results of a recent timber harvest conducted in winter 2017 on the 118-acre Whittemore Reservation. The timber harvest was a part of a Natural Resources Conservation Service cost-share contract and a site for two separate research studies. The first study examined how quickly the timber in blown-over white pines are invaded and degraded by bark beetles and sap-staining fungus. The other study measured cut trees to determine how much wood is utilized by mills and how much is left in the woods. Difficulty: A half-mile hike on skid trails with lots of stops to talk about the reservation.
- Protecting Regional Drinking Water Supply at Manchester Water Works, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Forest Society Vice President for Land Conservation Brian Hotz and Manchester Water Works (MWW) Forester John O’Neil will talk about the protection of drinking water supplies during a visit to the proposed 1,870-acre Tower Hill Pond Conservation Easement, a portion of the 8,000 acres owned by MWW. Despite being located only a few miles from downtown Manchester, the tract contains miles of undeveloped pond shoreline, dozens of vernal pools, hundreds of acres of prime wetlands, and habitat for rare or threatened plants and animal species. Miles of internal trails are used by the public for mountain biking, hiking, dog walking and running. Difficulty: An easy 3.9-mile loop hike around Tower Hill Pond.
- The Hooksett Riverwalk Trail, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
With direct undeveloped frontage on the Merrimack River, the 116-acre Hooksett Riverwalk Trail provides community open space and protects water quality and wildlife habitat along the Merrimack. The Conservation Commission along with local Boy Scout Troops have collaborated over the last few years to improve trails and bridges throughout the property. The Hooksett Conservation Commission and students and teachers at Hooksett Elementary School are working on an interpretive trail designed by students to complement the existing trails. Parking is located at the Hooksett Dog Park behind the court house with a trail entering the property from a trailhead located right next to the Rowing Club. Difficulty: A flat, easy hike, approximately one mile round-trip, on a trail network along the river.
- Tour of The Tree House Collaborative at the SNHU Arboretum, 2:45-3:45 p.m.
Join us for a special tour of SNHU’s outdoor classroom, The Tree House Collaborative. This on-campus southern New Hampshire pine and hardwood forest is typical, yet notable, in close proximity to downtown Manchester. Students and staff have documented 25 tree and woody plant species to qualify for accreditation as an arboretum. Cultural history features include stone walls, a white pine pasture tree, and the remains of early woods roads. The outdoor classroom has been almost entirely community funded to build out trails and provide educational tools including data loggers, monitors, and game cameras. Difficulty: An easy one-mile hike on flat trails and woods roads.