In an effort to share what Coverts Cooperators are up to in communities around New Hampshire, we provide periodic updates on the activities of individual volunteers. We hope these updates and stories inspire your work as a volunteer working for wildlife and healthy forests. If you have an update you would like to share, contact email@example.com.
I have been in the middle of a burst of forest related activity in recent weeks, much of it facilitated by Coverts training and contacts. At a National Trails Day work session at a key Town of Bedford property, the 330 acre Pulpit Rock Reservation, I found active Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. Hemlock predominates along the brooks that are a central feature of the reservation. From Coverts exposure to NHBugs.org, I made contact as the property's steward with Jen Weimer, Forest Health Specialist with NH Division of Forests and Lands. From her survey visit, she confirmed a well-established hemlock woolly adelgid and elongate hemlock scale problem at the property. The Pulpit Rock management subcommittee, on which I serve, will be striving to work with Jen to come up with recommendations on next steps to present to the Conservation Commission.
Before Coverts I was monitoring Pulpit Rock as a Bedford Land Trust volunteer. One of my written goals from Coverts training had been to try to get on the town's management committee so I could try to bring habitat management to the table. I got on the committee but had not succeeded in convincing the committee about having someone advise us on active management, but sadly now the bugs make it an urgent priority.
- Bill Coder (CC2015)
Thanks for all you do on behalf of New Hampshire's forests and wildlife, Bill!