Help support the Mink Brook Stewardship Fund. This fall, we replaced the carved rails of the Brook Road gate at our Mink Brook Nature Preserve to reflect our new name. The rustic, gracefully weathered originals are now a part of history. We’re accepting bids on each until January 1, 2012. Winning bidders will receive a complimentary membership in the Hanover Conservancy. MORE
Thanks to our friends at the Hanover Lions Club, Dartmouth College, and the Town of Hanover, we are happy to announce a new kiosk at the Grasse Road trailhead. The kiosk offers an updated trail map and will soon display more information about current events, studies, and more at Balch Hill.
We are pleased to introduce our new guide to the Nan and Allen King Bird Sanctuary. This colorful, amply illustrated map and guide identifies the native plantings on the upper meadow of Hayes Farm Park in Etna, and describes each plant’s value to wildlife, ornamental features, and cultural requirements. More
On Saturday, Nov. 5, we’ll explore the last 250 years of history at the Mink Brook Nature Preserve with historian Jay Barrett. Join us from 2-4pm, starting at the Brook Road gate. Families welcome (best to leave 4-footed members at home); no registration required. We’ll start with a gentle walk along the Quinn and Wheelock Trails. Those ready for an off-trail scramble can continue with us as we explore the higher terrain on the preserve’s south side.
Announcing the time and location of this weekend’s trip, A New Habitat Plan for Balch Hill. The indoor part of the event will be held at the private home at the end of Hemlock Lane, where forester Ben Hudson will give a brief presentation beginning at 2:30 pm. Then we’ll walk up the Fire Trail and meet at the summit for the field trip that starts at 3:15pm. Those joining the outdoor trip only should park at the Grasse/Trescott Road intersection and hike to the summit. Thanks to Dr. Baker for opening his home for this event.
A small group met at the Area 5 pavilion today to walk through the Rinker-Steele tract. This area is made up of two parcels, the Steele tract, acquired by the town of Hanover in 2010, and the Rinker tract, which was acquired in the 70’s. These two areas are between the Storrs Pond Recreation Area, Oak Hill and Dartmouth’s Organic Farm, and all together they make up a great set of resources and trails for the community. [Read more…]