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!
Richard Howarth, Professor of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth and member of the Hanover Conservancy’s Board of Directors, will explore the social aspects of conservation and sustainability and the evolving relationship between communities and landscapes in an era of global environmental change.
Register here and mark your calendar; participants will be emailed a Zoom link and event reminder a few days before the event!
2020 ANNUAL MEETING AGENDA
Thursday, December 3, 2020
- 6:00 – Gather by Zoom; BYO refreshments
- 6:05 – Welcome by President Heidi Trimarco
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
- Minutes of the 2019 Meeting – Kelley Lemay, Secretary
- Treasurer’s Report – Ryan Johnson, Treasurer
- Election of new board member – Heidi Trimarco
- 6:15 – Highlights of the Year – Exec. Director Adair Mulligan
- 6:30 – PROGRAM – Environment and Society
Prof. Richard Howarth, Dept. of Environmental Studies & Member, Hanover Conservancy Board of Directors
- 7:00 questions and discussion
- 7:30 Adjourn
We live in a moment of reflection and reconsideration concerning the history of our nation and the challenges of achieving an equitable and inclusive future. These contestations are closely tied to the history of “conservation” and land use in the Upper Valley Region and beyond. In the same breath, we live in a moment in which human-induced global environmental change rules out the possibility of “conserving” today’s landscapes as they presently exist. So how might we re-envision “conservation” with an eye towards the future? This talk will address these points based on current scholarship in the field of environmental studies, along with the implications for future land use in our region.
The annual meeting of the membership will include a nomination to the Board of Directors for Steve Lubrano.
Steve Lubrano graduated from Tuck in 1987 and returned to the Upper Valley in 1994 with his wife Allegra, where they found a most agreeable community in which to raise their three daughters through the Hanover School system. The family feels viscerally attached to their property on Goodfellow Road and were excited to purchase 500 acres of conserved land from Sam Doyle with the promise to Sam that they would continue his focus and dedication to the land – maintaining and expanding the network of trails, promoting the property as a wildlife habitat, keeping fields mowed, and sustainably harvesting timber according to the Forest Management plan maintained by Jeff Smith of Butternut Hollow Forestry. Steve is in his 26thyear working at the Tuck School of Business, has served locally as chair of the Howe Library Corporation Board, and looks forward to dedicating time to the efforts of the Conservancy, which align closely with his vision for the ideal community.
Our 2019 Annual Meeting minutes are available here.
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.
Help the Town of Hanover plan for recreation and management at the future Mink Brook Community Forest (off Greensboro Road) by participating in this 5 minute survey. The survey is open through November 29th, 2020.
Over the summer and early fall, Gail McPeek and Barbara Price invited people who took the Nature Poetry Walk to write a poem for an Etna Library poetry collection. We are thankful to those who contributed. Gail has now illustrated them like the poetry walk signs and they are posted on the Etna Library webpage. Take a look at https://www.hanovernh.org/