A 77 foot, 5 ton white pine has now made its way through downtown Hanover from Oak Hill to the Mink Brook Nature Preserve, courtesy of Chippers, Liberty Utilities, Lawson Crane & Rigging, Dartmouth College, Royal Trail Works, and loads of volunteers. It’s resting now at the Brook Road gate and offering a temporary exhibit on events in the life of Hanover and this tree while it was growing. Stop by to have a look! UPDATES POSTED HERE
Mink Brook Log Crossing status as of August 1st, 2022
You may recall that we were planning for its replacement well before advancing rot forced us to close it last summer, starting with research into what kind of structure would conform to the restrictions in our deed. The above-mentioned erosion meant we needed longer, stronger logs than the trees growing there could provide, so we can’t just replace the log. Our terrific team of Thayer engineering students developed a well-considered plan for a new crossing in the same place, and we’ve been working since March to secure approvals from key stakeholders.
To that end, our volunteers are wandering around the Preserve interviewing visitors (again) to learn more about how and where they enjoy the land, so we can share that information with those decision-makers. We hope to have good news soon!