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!
Mary Brown, Hanover Conservancy Board Member since December 2019, has been elected to the role of Vice-President of the Board. Mary is a court-appointed guardian for children in state custody. She has worked in admissions at Bates College, Geisel School of Medicine and the Tuck School of Business, and in alumni relations at Harvard Business School. Mary is a longtime board member of The Family Place and served as chair of its board. Brown has been a member of HC’s community engagement committee since 2016. An active outdoorswoman, Mary is an officer of the Dartmouth Class of 1978. She and her husband, Scott, live near the Connecticut River and are the parents of four grown children.
We are so grateful to Karen Geiling, who is stepping down as VP after over 3 years of service. Read more about Karen and our Board members here.
Earth Day reminds us to be grateful for Susan Harper, a dedicated volunteer and Secretary of our Board of Directors from 2003-2008, who recently passed away. She really made things happen in Hanover, especially at the Balch Hill Natural Area, where she started the wonderful tradition of Kite Day, when families enjoy the views and spring breezes on the open summit. Susan’s family has asked that gifts in her memory be made to the Conservancy; we are dedicating them to the Balch Hill Stewardship Fund in her name.
In 1999, Bob led the Council’s effort to protect the 112-acre Mink Brook Nature Preserve, then slated to become a 32-lot subdivision. In 2019, the 20th anniversary of that daunting and ultimately successful project, the Conservancy dedicated the Norman Overlook to Bob and his vision for our community.
Pine Park is Hanover’s first natural area permanently preserved as a park and today functions as the town’s “central park” for the enjoyment of walkers, joggers, skiers and many others. The park is owned by the Pine Park Association, a voluntary nonprofit that dates back to 1900, when a group of 17 local residents sought to prevent the Diamond Match Company from harvesting trees along the riverbank just north of the Ledyard Bridge.
Stay up to date and learn more about this beloved area at PinePark.org.
With an all-time high in membership, generous land donors and growing partnerships with local schools, it’s been a record-breaking year for the Hanover Conservancy. Every gift makes a difference. Please join us as we move into our 59th year serving the Upper Valley!