Many trails on Moose Mountain were originally created as ski trails, and aren’t well-suited for year-round hiking. We are working with the landowners and the Town’s Trails Committee on a master plan for this area that will close some lesser-used, duplicate trails and will focus more attention and maintenance on the best connections. Volunteer-led trail work is expected to start in late spring of 2021. In the meantime, we’ve created a map that includes the trails to be closed as well as those that will be improved and better signed. We hope this helps while you’re out on the trails this winter!
This conservation project is a real winner, landing Hanover’s first LCHIP grant – $200,000 from the NH Land & Community Heritage Investment Program! This means fund-raising is now complete, thanks to generous support from the Hanover community, which attracted the support of LCHIP, the US Forest Service, and more. Any extra funds raised will go to help the Town care for the property – build trails and trailheads, deal with invasives, mowing, and more.
What do YOU think the future of this place should be? Share your ideas in this survey. Zoom in to the final community meeting on Dec. 2, when Julie Evans of the Northern Forest Center will lead a discussion on conservation, forest management, and recreation priorities. Recordings of past meetings and more info HERE.
Did you know that Balch Hill nearly became the site of over 100 homes? Fifty years ago, the Hanover Conservancy led a group of concerned neighbors to raise the funds to purchase and protect the summit of this iconic place.
Over the last half century, the Balch Hill Natural Area has grown with more lands owned by the Conservancy, Town of Hanover, and Dartmouth College, and managed by a volunteer neighborhood stewardship committee with support from Town and Conservancy staff.
On August 1st, we are launching a 50 day fundraising campaign for the Balch Hill Stewardship Fund, ensuring that this beloved property will be maintained for the next 50 years! Please consider making a gift today. Your donation will support trail maintenance, mowing, invasive plant treatment, sign replacement and many other projects at the hill.
NEW! Watch the May 27th, 2020 recording of a Zoom informational meeting on the Mink Brook Community Forest project. The call was led by JT Horn, Senior Project Manager for the Trust for Public Land and Rob Houseman, Planning Director for the Town of Hanover.
We all know that broad and beautiful meadow on Greensboro Road – a generous open space that is such a welcome sight in days like these. The Hanover Conservancy is proud to partner with the Town of Hanover and the Trust for Public Land in a major project to protect these 250 acres of floodplain meadow, upland forest, and the corridor of Mink Brook, to be called the Mink Brook Community Forest. MORE