The 2017 NH Coverts Project Workshop was held May 3-6 in Greenfield, NH. There were twenty-FOUR attendees from all over New Hampshire who spent three and a half days learning about wildlife habitat, forest ecology, conservation, stewardship, and outreach. The new group of Coverts volunteers includes landowners, conservation commission members, land trust staff, interested citizens, and educators, among others. Here's a brief introduction to the new Coverts volunteers from the 2017 workshop:
Michael Bara of New Ipswich plans to speak with his neighboring landowners to share what he has done on his land, and also hopes to develop soft edge habitat on his property.
Marghi Bean of Kingston will continue to serve on her conservation commission and hopes to engage more volunteers in town through her outreach.
Ed Boyle of New Boston plans to join his town’s conservation commission.
Dave Brazier of New London wants to learn more about the protection and management of conservation land that abuts his property, and potentially have the County Forester visit the two properties at the same time.
David Butler of Bedford plans to write an article on red pines for his local land trust’s newsletter, using Extension staff as a resource for information.
Elizabeth Chadwick of Ossipee plans to reach out to her local library to discuss potential wildlife programming.
Tom Coleman of Greenland plans to work with his County Forester to use his tree farm as a demonstration area for educational workshops.
Derek Colquhoun of Laconia wants to volunteer with the Squam Lakes Science Center as a volunteer docent.
Judy Crosley or Wolfeboro wants to join the Speaking for Wildlife volunteer program to give wildlife-themed presentations to local groups.
Carl Crosley or Wolfeboro plans to develop and implement a land management plan for the properties owned by his local watershed association.
Kathleen Doherty of Concord wants to incorporate wildlife habitat needs into a new trail design on a property owned by the land trust where she works.
Courtney Dragiff of Norwich wants to work with her land trust’s stewardship committee and her town’s conservation commission to identify the best strategies for invasive plant management.
Tom Gardner of Middleton plans to deliver educational programs about wildlife to local schools, libraries, and land trusts.
Dennis Garnham of Raymond would like to give talks to local organizations to raise awareness of the value of protecting nature.
Kirsten Glass of Lyme plans to turn her property into a local stewardship demonstration area.
Christina Keim of Rochester wants to integrate habitat management principles into the management of her horse farm, to combine good farm management with wildlife conservation principles.
Lorrie O'Connor of Raymond plans to work to develop a wildlife and stewardship plan for the area around the local elementary school.
Rebecca Steeves of Campton wants to work to update the kiosk, enhance the trail guide, and develop a scavenger hunt for youth on a town-owned property.
Mike Thiel of Rye wants to develop a management plan for his property and create patch cuts, where appropriate.
Barry Tiedt of Bedford is planning to meet with Extension field staff to help incorporate trails and wildlife habitat into a forest management plan for his property.
Dave Viale of Exeter plans to organize tours for landowners on properties conserved by the land trust where he works.
Matt Watson of Eaton wants to meet his neighboring landowners to discuss their goals and potential shared management interests.
Russ Wilder of Alton Bay plans to work to help conserve land around the local high school to serve as an outdoor classroom.
Jill Winmill of Sandown will continue to serve on her conservation commission and wants to work to expand their activities by working with schools, organizing volunteer opportunities, and managing wildlife habitat.