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Thursday, 07/31/2014

Chasing Ice - Weeks State Park Event
(07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

The Weeks State Park Association is delighted to offer a free showing of the movie "Chasing Ice” at the Rialto Theater in Lancaster.  In 2005 acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. “Chasing Ice” is the story of Balog’s quest to document evidence of our changing planet. The result was his Extreme Ice Survey using time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture multi-year records of the world’s changing glaciers. Balog’s hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and ancient mountains of ice in motion.


We are indeed fortunate to have Dr. Tad Pfeffer on hand to introduce this film.  Dr. Pfeffer is a team member of the "Chasing Ice" project.  He is a glaciologist at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  He is visiting in New Hampshire this summer and has graciously offered to visit with us during the showing of the film in Lancaster.


Friday, 08/01/2014

Forest Communities in New Hampshire
(08:30 AM - 03:30 PM)

The NH Association of Natural Resource Scientists (NHANRS) is sponsoring this day-long workshop for natural resource professionals, in partnership with the University of New Hampshire, UNH Cooperative Extension, and The Stewardship Network: New England. The workshop will focus on natural forest communities in New Hampshire, and will discuss the interaction between forest composition, soils, wildlife habitat, and invasive species.


The morning indoor session will be held in James Hall. The afternoon field session will take place in College Woods, a beautiful 250-acre UNH woodland, where some components of forest communities discussed in the morning will be explored.

 

Credits: 5.0 Category 1 CFE credits

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Location

  • UNH, 56 College Rd, James Hall G46, Durham, NH, 03824

Mobile Technology for Mapping
(01:00 PM - 04:00 PM)

Are you still lugging a camera, notebook, pen, GPS, compass, various field guides, and paper survey maps when you head out to a property or easement to undertake stewardship activities? Come learn about the basics of using mobile technology for mapping and how you can use it to gain efficiencies and stay organized.

Presented by: Jeff Lougee Director of Stewardship & Ecological Management, The Nature Conservancy.

Join UNH Cooperative Extension and the New Hampshire Association of Conservation commissions for the 2014 Conservation Commission Field Training Series. These workshops are aimed at those who serve on their town's conservation commissions, but are open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

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Location

  • Tin Mountain Conservation Center, 1245 Bald Hill Road, Albany, NH, 03818

Thursday, 08/07/2014

Old Man Of The Mountain: Substance and Symbol - Weeks State Park Event
(07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

Please join us for either or both of two events sponsored by the Weeks State Park Association on August 7 and August 8 remembering the Old Man of the Mountain, New Hampshire's most important symbol.  On Thursday, August 7, at 7 PM Maggie Stier will present a free program entitled "Old Man of the Mountain: Substance and Symbol" at Weeks State Park.

The evening program will be followed on Friday, August 8, by a field trip to visit the Old Man Museum at Franconia Notch State Park and ride the tram to the summit of Cannon Mountain to view the Old Man site.  The field trip will be guided by Dick Hamilton of the Old Man Museum and Maggie Stier who have detailed knowledge of and experience with the Old Man and Cannon Mountain.

For the Friday field trip the group will meet for carpooling and depart from the main gate of Weeks State Park at 9 AM.  The field trip will finish back in Lancaster by 3 PM.  This trip will require $15 per person for the tram ride up Cannon Mountain.  Please bring raingear just in case and wear suitable footwear for easy to moderate walking on the summit trails of Cannon Mountain.  Questions about the field trip may be directed to Sam Stoddard at  sstoddard3@gmail.com

The story of the Old Man of the Mountain in Franconia Notch is a story of New Hampshire itself, reflecting history, the arts, literature, geography, philosophy and public policy. Maggie Stier’s illustrated talk reveals the ways that this iconic place has sparked observers’ imaginations, attracted intense personal commitment, and symbolized changing public sentiment. Stier details the threats to the Old Man and Franconia Notch that led to protection as a State Park and, later, to the construction of the Franconia Notch Parkway. She concludes with an analysis of what caused the fall of the Old Man in 2003, a summary of private efforts to create a memorial, and a discussion of how this unique natural phenomenon may be remembered by future generations. The audience is invited to bring souvenirs, memorabilia or other artifacts of the Old Man of the Mountain for a shared display before and after the program, and to share their own experiences and memories on this topic.

 

Weeks State Park is located on the east side of Route 3, approximately 2 miles south of Lancaster.

Friday, 08/08/2014

Old Man Of The Mountain -Field Trip - Weeks State Park Event
(09:00 AM - 03:00 PM)

Please join us for either or both of two events sponsored by the Weeks State Park Association on August 7 and August 8 remembering the Old Man of the Mountain, New Hampshire's most important symbol.  On Thursday, August 7, at 7 PM Maggie Stier will present a free program entitled "Old Man of the Mountain: Substance and Symbol" at Weeks State Park.

The Thursday evening program will be followed on Friday, August 8, by a field trip to visit the Old Man Museum at Franconia Notch State Park and ride the tram to the summit of Cannon Mountain to view the Old Man site.  The field trip will be guided by Dick Hamilton of the Old Man Museum and Maggie Stier who have detailed knowledge of and experience with the Old Man and Cannon Mountain.

Friday field trip the group will meet for carpooling and depart from the main gate of Weeks State Park at 9 AM.  The field trip will finish back in Lancaster by 3 PM.  This trip will require $15 per person for the tram ride up Cannon Mountain.  Please bring raingear just in case and wear suitable footwear for easy to moderate walking on the summit trails of Cannon Mountain. 

 

Weeks State Park is located on the east side of Route 3, approximately 2 miles south of Lancaster.

Saturday, 08/09/2014

Woods, Water & Wildlife Festival
(10:00 AM - 03:00 PM)

This family-friendly celebration of the natural world features fun and educational outdoor activities. Take a hayride to the river, observe and learn about NH wildlife, explore the corn maze, take a discovery walk, watch demonstrations of traditional skills, try your hand at fishing, do crafts with your kids, and more!

 

http://www.mmrg.info/festival/index.html

 

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Location

  • Branch Hill Farm, 307 Applebee Rd., Milton Mills, NH, 03852

Thursday, 08/14/2014

Weeks State Park Event - Life At The Top
(07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

The program will be in the Great Room of the Summit Lodge of Weeks State Park.    

Come early and enjoy the scenic park drive and views.

 

Weeks State Park is located on the east side of Route 3, approximately 2 miles south of Lancaster.

Friday, 08/15/2014

Calhoun Family Forest Active Harvest Tour
(01:00 PM - 04:00 PM)

 

Join forester Swift Corwin, county forester Steve Roberge and land manager Rick Brackett for a tour through an active timber harvest operation at the Calhoun Family Forest in Gilsum. This workshop will provide attendees the opportunity to see the workings of an active cut-to-length timber harvest operation. Learn about working with a forester and NRCS to implement a timber harvest on your property to meet your goals and how a timber harvest can be used to improve wildlife habitat.

 

Field workshops will be held rain or shine and will require walking on uneven ground. Sturdy footwear is required. Workshops are free. Registration is not required but appreciated.

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Location

  • Calhoun Family Forest, White Brook Road, Gilsum, NH, 03448

Thursday, 08/21/2014

Wetlands Identification
(05:00 PM - 07:00 PM)

Join us in a unique natural setting to learn about the basics of wetland delineation, stream and pond types, and natural communities identification. The Lyme Hill Conservation area includes a rich mesic forest, and several types of wetlands including a beaver pond complex.

Presented by: Jim Kennedy, Consulting Wetland Scientist.

Join UNH Cooperative Extension and the New Hampshire Association of Conservation commissions for the 2014 Conservation Commission Field Training Series. These workshops are aimed at those who serve on their town's conservation commissions, but are open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

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Location

  • Lyme Hill Conservation Area, Route 10, Lyme, NH, 03768

Weeks State Park Event - Animal Excavators
(06:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

Brief Weeks State Park Annual Meeting at 6:00 pm.  The program begins at 7:00 pm  in the Great Room of the Summit Lodge of Weeks State Park.    

Come early and enjoy the scenic park drive and views.

 

Weeks State Park is located on the east side of Route 3, approximately 2 miles south of Lancaster.

Wednesday, 08/27/2014

Wetlands Permitting
(06:00 PM - 08:00 PM)

Come learn about the ins and outs of the wetland permitting process and how to respond appropriately when applications are put forward in your town.

Presented by: Marc Jacobs, Consulting Environmental Scientist.

Join UNH Cooperative Extension and the New Hampshire Association of Conservation commissions for the 2014 Conservation Commission Field Training Series. These workshops are aimed at those who serve on their town's conservation commissions, but are open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

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Location

  • Conservation Center - Forest Society, 54 Portsmouth St., Concord, NH, 03301

Thursday, 08/28/2014

Weeks State Park Event - Lancaster: Images From The Past
(07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

The program will be in the Great Room of the Summit Lodge of Weeks State Park.    

Come early and enjoy the scenic park drive and views.

 

Weeks State Park is located on the east side of Route 3, approximately 2 miles south of Lancaster.

Sunday, 09/07/2014

Wildflower Walk - Weeks State Park Event
(01:00 PM - 04:00 PM)

Please join us for our free Fall wildflower walk on Sunday. We will discover the wildflowers and other signs of nature in the park with the aid of professional naturalist, Matt Peters.

Participants should meet at the main entrance of Weeks State Park at 1 PM. Bring raingear just in case and suitable clothing and footwear for an easy walk in the Park.

Friday, 09/12/2014

Identifying Late Season Grasses
(08:30 AM - 03:30 PM)

This workshop will teach you the skills necessary to identify late-season grasses (Family Poaceae) and asters (Family Asteraceae) occurring throughout our state. A combination of indoor and outdoor instruction will be used to familiarize you with these two challenging groups. Instruction will focus on understanding and recognizing the unique morphology of these families, mastering much of the terminology of a technical key, and examining in detail local specimens, both in the classroom and in the field. Strategies and suggestions for identification within some of the more difficult members of these groups will also be discussed. All levels of expertise are encouraged to attend. There is one required text for this workshop: "How to Identify Grasses and Grasslike Plants" by H.D. Harrington (Swallow Press, 1977; ISBN-10: 0804007462; ISBN-13: 978-0804007467; approx. $10 through Amazon.com. You should also download at least the key from Robert R. Kowal's "Keys to the Asteraceae of Wisconsin" at http://www.botany.wisc.edu/herbarium/AsteraceaeOfWIintroKeyAppendicesC-G.pdf. Both resources and a hand lens should be brought to the workshop. All other supplies will be provided. (This workshop is part of the Wetland Delineation Certificate Program, but you do not need to enroll in the program to take this workshop).

CEUs: Approved by the NH Joint Board of Licensure for 1.87 CEUs for Surveyors, 6.5 CEHs for Wetland and Soil Scientists, 6.5 CEUs for Foresters. Also approved for 6 NHDES Subsurface Bureau credit hours

Location

  • UNH Professional Development & Training, Kingman Farm, Durham, NH, 03824

Learning to Live with Beavers
(01:00 PM - 04:00 PM)

Roads flooded? Culverts blocked? Having problems with beavers in your town? Join us to learn about beaver biology and how the Town of Merrimack is working to create an innovative plan to map and coordinate beaver management across town commissions and departments.

Presented by: Matt Tarr, Wildlife  Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension; and Gage Perry, Merrimack Conservation Commissioner.

Join UNH Cooperative Extension and the New Hampshire Association of Conservation commissions for the 2014 Conservation Commission Field Training Series. These workshops are aimed at those who serve on their town's conservation commissions, but are open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

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Location

  • Merrimack Town Hall, 6 Baboosic Lake Road, Merrimack, NH, 03054

Best Practices for Managing Land Near Water
(03:00 PM - 06:00 PM)

 

Join county forester Steve Roberge and forester David Hobson for this informative site visit to a recent forestry operation in Chesterfield. This workshop will focus on identifying important water resources and understanding how land management could affect those resources. Best practices discussed will include vegetative buffers, temporary skidder bridges, water bars, pole fords, and gravel and stone structures. Learn about planning and installation of features to protect water quality and aquatic wildlife habitat.

 

Field workshops will be held rain or shine and will require walking on uneven ground. Sturdy footwear is required. Workshops are free. Registration is not required but appreciated.

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Location

  • Log Landing at California Brook Headwaters property, Lincoln Hill Road, Chesterfield, NH, 03443

Tuesday, 09/23/2014

The Stewardship Network: New England Southeast Hub Meeting
(08:30 AM - 10:30 AM)

1st Floor Meeting Room. Join us for our fall Southeast Hub Meeting to discuss regional stewardship issues.

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Location

  • Lee Public Safety Complex, 20 George Bennett Road, Lee, NH, 03861

Friday, 10/17/2014

Wetland Classification
(09:30 AM - 04:00 PM)

This workshop will teach you the skills necessary to identify late-season grasses (Family Poaceae) occurring throughout our state. A combination of indoor and outdoor instruction will be used to familiarize you with this challenging group. Instruction will focus on understanding and recognizing the unique morphology of grasses, mastering much of the terminology of a technical key, and examining in detail local specimens, both in the classroom and in the field. Strategies and suggestions for identification within some of the more difficult members of these groups will also be discussed. All levels of expertise are encouraged to attend. There is one required text for this workshop: "How to Identify Grasses and Grasslike Plants" by H.D. Harrington (Swallow Press, 1977; ISBN-10: 0804007462; ISBN-13: 978-0804007467; approx. $10 through Amazon.com. You should also download at least the key from Robert R. Kowal's "Keys to the Asteraceae of Wisconsin" at www.botany.wisc.edu/herbarium/AsteraceaeOfWIintroKeyAppendicesC-G.pdf. Both resources and a hand lens should be brought to the workshop. All other supplies will be provided. (This workshop is part of the Wetland Delineation Certificate Program, but you do not need to enroll in the program to take this workshop).

Approved by the NH Joint Board of Licensure 6 CEHs for Wetland and Soil Scientists, 1.75 CEUs for Surveyors, and 3 CEUs for Foresters; Also approved for 6 NHDES Subsurface Bureau credit hours.

Instructor: Bob Prokop, M.S. in Wildlife Ecology, is a wildlife biologist, NH Certified Wetland Scientist, and professional wetland scientist (SWS), and owner of Wetland Consulting Services.

Location

  • UNH-Portsmouth, 73 Corporate Drive, Pease Tradeport, Portsmouth, NH, 03801

How To Lead an Invasive Plants Workday
(01:00 PM - 04:00 PM)

Join The Stewardship Network: New England for a unique training. We'll model an invasive plants workday so you will be thoroughly prepared to lead a similar volunteer workday in your town! Participants will learn tips and tricks for organizing an event, the basics of invasive plant ID, and how to remove and dispose of a handful of invasive plant species. 


Presented by: Ellen Snyder, Partnership Coordinator, UNH Cooperative Extension; and Emma Carcagno, Land and Water Conservation Field Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension.

Join UNH Cooperative Extension and the New Hampshire Association of Conservation commissions for the 2014 Conservation Commission Field Training Series. These workshops are aimed at those who serve on their town's conservation commissions, but are open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

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Location

  • The Nature Conservancy - Great Bay Office, 112 Bay Road, Newmarket, NH, 03857

Maynard Forest American Chestnut Reintroduction Tour
(01:00 PM - 04:00 PM)

 

Join forester Charlie Koch, county forester Steve Roberge and land manager Rick Brackett for a tour through a long term forestry study including American chestnut reintroduction and American beech control at the Maynard Forest in Gilsum. This workshop will provide attendees the opportunity to experience the Conservancy’s innovative project to study methods related to control beech regeneration and restore chestnut to a forest setting. Learn about the benefits of healthy chestnuts to wildlife and the timber industry as well as the issues surrounding beech bark disease and deer browse.

 

Field workshops will be held rain or shine and will require walking on uneven ground. Sturdy footwear is required. Workshops are free. Registration is not required but appreciated.

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Location

  • Maynard Forest, Old Keene Rd., Gilsum, NH, 03448

Saturday, 10/25/2014

2014 Fall Volunteer Recognition Conference
(All day)

Master Gardener and Natural Resourcs Stewards Fall Recognition Conference. Guests and the public are welcome.

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Location

  • Southern NH University, 2500 N. River Road, Manchester, NH, 03106

Friday, 11/14/2014

Winter Plant Identification for Wetland Boundary Determination
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)

Winter Plant ID for Wetland Boundary Determination
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)

This 2-day workshop will focus on upland and wetland tree and shrub identification under winter conditions, as part of the requirements for state and federal jurisdictional wetland boundary determination. You'll learn to key out woody plants to the species level using twigs and buds (no leaves), determine the plants wetland indicator status, and perform a plant dominance test for wetness (as outlined in the "U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual, Technical Report Y-87-1 (1987 Manual revised)" and "Delineating Bordering Vegetated Wetlands under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act: a Handbook (March 1995)." Cost does not include required text, "Fruit Key and Twig Key to Trees and Shrubs" by W.H. Harlow, and hand lens, both available from instructor at first class. (This is part of the Wetland Delineation Certificate Program, but you do not need to enroll in the program to take this workshop.)

CEUs: Approved by the NH Joint Board of Licensure for 4 CEUs for Wetland Scientists, 3.5 CEUs for Surveyors, and 6 CEUs for Foresters; Also approved for 6 NHDES Subsurface Bureau credit hours.

Instructor: Bob Prokop, M.S. in Wildlife Ecology, is a wildlife biologist, NH Certified Wetland Scientist, and professional wetland scientist (SWS), and owner of Wetland Consulting Services.

 

Location

  • UNH Professional Development & Training, Pease Tradeport, 73 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth, NH, 03801

Saturday, 11/15/2014

Chainsaw Safety and Firewood Cutting Demonstration
(09:00 AM - 11:00 AM)

Join tree farm operator Dave Seager and Extension Forester Jon Nute for this backyard firewood harvesting demonstration. The tour will be held rain or shine.


• Identify which trees to cut
• Choosing a chainsaw & using it safely
• Tree cutting demonstration
• Display of farm equipment used in the woods
• Free chart estimating # of trees/cord

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Location

  • Marvell Family Sunset Tree Farm, Route 13, New Boston, NH, 03070

Friday, 11/21/2014

Winter Plant Identification for Wetland Boundary Determination
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)

Winter Plant ID for Wetland Boundary Determination
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)

This 2-day workshop (11/14 & 11/21) will focus on upland and wetland tree and shrub identification under winter conditions, as part of the requirements for state and federal jurisdictional wetland boundary determination. You'll learn to key out woody plants to the species level using twigs and buds (no leaves), determine the plants wetland indicator status, and perform a plant dominance test for wetness (as outlined in the "U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual, Technical Report Y-87-1 (1987 Manual revised)" and "Delineating Bordering Vegetated Wetlands under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act: a Handbook (March 1995)." Cost does not include required text, "Fruit Key and Twig Key to Trees and Shrubs" by W.H. Harlow, and hand lens, both available from instructor at first class. (This is part of the Wetland Delineation Certificate Program, but you do not need to enroll in the program to take this workshop.)

CEUs: Approved by the NH Joint Board of Licensure for 3.5 CEUs for Surveyors, 4 CEUs for Wetland Scientists, 6 CEUs for Foresters; also approved for 6 NHDES Subsurface Bureau credit hours.

Location

  • UNH Professional Development & Training, Pease Tradeport, 73 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth, NH, 03801

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