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The Branch River Paddle and Hike set for May 22, 2021

Branch River (Photo: Kate Wilcox )

Branch Hill Farm/Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust (BHF/CSFCT) and Moose Mountains Regional Greenways (MMRG) are once again teaming up to offer canoe and kayak enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy a paddle on the pristine Branch River in Milton Mills, NH. This 4-mile paddle along the scenic and winding Branch River will take place from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, May 22. This year the addition of a hike has been added to the event.   Kayaks and Canoes will be trucked back from the upper end of Milton Three Ponds while participants walk along the lovely trails on Branch Hill Farm passing through forests and fields back to the launch site. The walk back is approximately 1 hour.  Lunch will be offered to all the participants walking along the trail to either sit and enjoy or take with them for later.

 

As in years past, there will be an educational component to the Paddle. This year’s guest speaker will be Katy Lewis, Research Manager with the Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany, NH.  Katy is a wildlife biologist with a master’s degree in wildlife conservation from West Virginia University, with a background in bird and wetland ecology. She brings a recreational love of birding and hiking into her career as a wildlife researcher.  Her work at Tin Mountain Conservation Center involves running the long-term avian research and forest monitoring project, as well as the stream restoration and brook trout ecology research projects. Since 2010 Tin Mountain has conducted over 16 miles of stream enhancements in the Mount Washington Valley, monitoring instream habitat and brook trout response to the addition of woody debris. Katy will speak about the value and impact of adding large wood to streams, as well as some of the results of over ten years of stream enhancements and data collection.  Do not be surprised if she adds a component or two on birds along the way.  

 

Paddlers should bring their own kayaks or canoes and wear US Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices. This event is extremely popular, and spaces are limited, so early registration is advised. All reservations must be made by the morning of Thursday, May 20; contact Branch Hill Farm Education Coordinator Kari Lygren at 603-978-7125 or kari_lygren@branchhillfarm.org with your name, phone number, and the number of people who will attend. A $15 per person donation at the event is suggested. There is no rain date and participants are requested to leave pets at home.

 

MMRG/BHF Covid-19 prevention policies are observed. To pre-register and to find out more regarding our covid-19 prevention policies, please call BHF Education Coordinator Kari Lygren at (603) 978-7125 or email kari_lygren@branchhillfarm.org

 

Branch Hill Farm/the Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust works to protect open space and working forests and to educate the public about sound forestry, conservation, and agricultural practices; see www.branchillfarm.org.

 

MMRG, a non-profit land trust, works to conserve and connect important water resources, farm and forest lands, wildlife habitats, and recreational land in Brookfield, Farmington, Middleton, Milton, New Durham, Wakefield, and Wolfeboro. Throughout the year, both BHF and MMRG offer many educational opportunities to inform all ages about the benefits of our region’s natural resources. For more information and a calendar of upcoming events, visit www.mmrg.info

 

Ecological Home Gardening Workshop set for May 1st

Join MMRG and Branch Hill Farm for this workshop on ecologically-minded home gardening. Georgia Elgar and Katelyn Porter of Waking Web Farm (Milton Mills, NH) will be explaining the importance of techniques like permaculture, no-till gardening, composting, vermicompost, compost teas, and more. We’ll discuss how to reduce our reliance on industrial agriculture, reduce transportation costs, garden in the face of climate change, and how to keep your little piece of the planet carbon negative!
Elgar and Porter will start with the basics of gardening and then about how they incorporate these ideas and methods at Branch Hill Farm, as well as provide valuable resources for the attendees. Please bring your gardening questions to this informative workshop.
Pre-registration is required for this workshop and earlier registration is advised since class size is limited. To pre-register and to find out more regarding our COVID-19 prevention policies, please call BHF Education Coordinator Kari Lygren at (603) 978-7125 or email kari_lygren@branchhillfarm.org

Branch Hill Farm/the Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust works to protect open space and working forests and to educate the public about sound forestry, conservation and agricultural practices; see www.branchillfarm.org.

MMRG, a non-profit land trust, works to conserve and connect important water resources, farm and forest lands, wildlife habitats, and recreational land in Brookfield, Farmington, Middleton, Milton, New Durham, Wakefield, and Wolfeboro.  Both BHF and MMRG offer many educational opportunities to inform all ages about the benefits of our region’s natural resources. For more information and a calendar of upcoming events, visit www.mmrg.info

Earth Day Roadside Clean Up April 22nd

Join Moose Mountains Regional Greenways and Branch Hill Farm in the cleanup of Applebee Road in Milton Mills. We’ll be grabbing gloves, vests and state supplied blue trash bags to help pick up trash along Applebee Road.
Branch Hill Farm/Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust and Moose Mountains Regional Greenways (MMRG) are part of the Keep New Hampshire Clean and Scenic, Sponsor a Highway program and welcome your help on Earth Day. We are encouraging everyone in the MMRG 7-town region to help keep our roads clean and scenic. Check with your local transfer stations to be informed of town policies for road-side trash collection for Earth Day.
Pre-registration is requested for the availability of supplies. Covid-19 prevention policies are observed. To pre-register and to find out more regarding our COVID-19 prevention policies,
please call BHF Education Coordinator Kari Lygren at (603) 978-7125 or email
kari_lygren@branchhillfarm.org

Branch Hill Farm Extends “Seasons of Change” Walk

Moose Mountains Regional Greenways invites the public to continue exploring the Branch Hill Farm property in Milton Mills through the seasons! The ‘Seasons of Change’ walk is newly updated for the winter months and will be open most days from sunrise to sunset.  This event continues to offer families a safe, informative, and fun place to walk with their kids during this time of home isolation.  The walk also features a ‘story walk’ based on the Berenstain Bears series and sponsored by the Milton Free Public Library and a new assortment of birdhouses built by the Carroll County Conservation District. We ask that the public please adhere to social distancing guidelines on this self-guided walk. Thank you to our Seasons of Change sponsor D.F. Richard for making this continuing opportunity possible!                    

“Exploring Forest Habitats” Educational Walk 10/31/2020

Join MMRG and Branch Hill Farm for a Forest Habitat Walk on October 31st, 10:00am-1:00pm, with Charlie Moreno (NH Licensed Professional Forester) and Mariko Yamasaki (Research Wildlife Biologist, USDA Forest Service). We’ll walk through Branch Hill Farm in Milton, NH, and visit two very different forest habitats — a mature forest with century-old hemlock and pine, and a six-years-young forest patch of new growth.
Participants will learn about the essential value that these habitats offer to the invertebrates, birds, and mammals inhabiting them. We’ll also discuss habitat ecology, maintaining optimal ecological areas, and long-term management strategies. This will be a wonderful opportunity for landowners and the general public to learn more about the importance of forests to wildlife! More info here: https://mmrg.info/explore-forest-habitats/
This workshop is rain or shine and we will be requiring masks and practicing social distancing to keep the event safe and fun for all.
Please register by contacting Kari Lygren at mmrgnh@gmail.com or 603-978-7125.

 

Upcoming Forestry Walk through Branch Hill Farm on October 3rd!

Join MMRG for a free forestry walk through Branch Hill Farm in Wakefield, NH on Saturday, October 3rd from 10:00am-12:00pm, with licensed forester Daniel Stepanauskas.

After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Forestry in 1978, Stepanauskas began his career with the US Forest Service examining forest stands in the Cascade Mountains in Washington state. After moving back to New Hampshire in 1981, he worked for the Kennett Company in Conway, planning the management of 10,000 acres of forest. He started consulting soon after, including a position certifying the sustainability of forests for the Forest Stewardship Council and a recent job arranging a carbon sequestration contract in NH, and has worked with land owners, towns, businesses, and land trusts for three decades. His primary goal is to maintain healthy, fully stocked forests.

Participants will join Daniel on a walk through the Branch Hill Farm property in Wakefield, as together we learn techniques for maintaining and promoting fully stocked forests in balance with sustainable human use. This is becoming increasingly complex due to a changing climate. In the real world of forest land ownership in NH,  these issues are also linked to forest product markets and the ability to make the work affordable for logging contractors. 

Daniel will lead us through questions such as: how do we grow tree species that survive climate changes, while also producing wood products that increase carbon sequestration? The group will learn and think about specific wildlife habitats, vertical structure, soft mast species, and forest pH. All are encouraged to attend with an open mind and plenty of questions for Daniel. This conversation is vital – growing tree species and wood products that increase carbon sequestration is key to preparing us for the future!

To offer safe outdoor activities during COVID-19, all participants are required to wear masks and to practice proper social distancing. While we are pleased to offer this as a free activity,  space is limited to 15 people. Spots will fill quickly, so register soon! Please contact Kari Lygren at mmrgnh@gmail.com, or by calling 603-473-2020, for more information and to sign up.

New Woods, Water & Wildlife Explorers Club for Families

Moose Mountains Regional Greenways
Box 191, Union, NH 03887
(603) 473-2020
info@mmrg.info

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Submission Date: June 29, 2020

New Woods, Water & Wildlife Explorers Club for Families

Moose Mountains Regional Greenways (MMRG) and Branch Hill Farm (BHF) are teaming up to present a new self-guided outdoor activity program for families called the Woods, Water & Wildlife Explorers Club. With a Passport for families to track their progress and earn prizes, these free self-scheduled activities will provide an opportunity for kids and their families to have fun outside together this summer while learning about the natural world. The WWW Explorers Club is offered as an alternative to the annual Woods, Water & Wildlife Festival that MMRG and BHF have reluctantly cancelled this year out of concern for public health and safety.

‘Woods, Water & Wildlife’ sums up the themes of the interactive Explorers Club events.  The ‘Woods’ category offers ‘Learn Your Leaves,’ with leaf photos of local tree species to help you identify trees at Casey Road Conservation Land or in your own backyard. Two Club activities feature water themes. ‘Family Fishing Fun’ invites families to try fishing at a local farm pond.  ‘Waterside Explorations’ suggests ideas for getting wet and exploring a stream or pond close to home.  The ‘Wildlife’ category includes ‘Rainy Day Adventures’ with virtual presentations by Squam Lakes Natural Science Center and ‘Birds, Blooms and Bugs,’ which encourages children to write a poem, paint a picture, or take a photograph with a nature theme. Several activities promote fun while learning about all three W’s, such as ‘Seasons of Change at Branch Hill Farm’ which takes families on a self-guided walk through BHF’s fields and forest and down to the river.

MMRG Educational Outreach Coordinator Kari Lygren is organizing the ‘Seasons of Change’ walk. She explained, “Families will receive a map to follow with eighteen different stops. Each stop corresponds to a post installed at the Farm with a sign showing fun questions to answer or suggestions of what to look for. When I tried out the whole activity, the pond stop was my favorite. It was fun to see so much life there: birds were active, there was an animal track leading down to the water, fish were jumping and bullfrogs croaking! I really like the wild apple trees too; we saw a flock of turkeys near the trees at the back of the field.”

Joining the WWW Explorers Club is free and simple. Families can download the Passport and find out more details about the program at  https://mmrg.info/mmrg-in-action/explorers-club/.  Supplemental materials will be available online for some Club activities, to learn more about any of the activities, call Kari Lygren at 603-978-7125 or email her at wwwexplorersclub@gmail.com.

MMRG Vice Chair Lorrie Drake is excited about the new WWW Explorers Club alternative to the WWW Festival. “We are very sorry to have to cancel the Festival but we expect it to return next year. Meanwhile, we’ve developed some great activities for families to try and we think you and your kids will have fun, experience new things, and learn a lot about nature. We’d love to hear from you as you complete the activities on your Passport. And due to the generosity of Bartlett Tree Service, the first fifty families who register will receive a free sapling!”

BHF Executive Director Jared Kane added, “Although we were deeply saddened not to be able to host the festival this year, we immediately saw the importance of providing families with a way to get outside and enjoy the outdoors in these challenging times.   We are excited to once again team up with MMRG for the Explorers Club and to offer ‘Seasons of Change’ and ‘Family Fishing Fun’ at Branch Hill Farm. All members of the family can enjoy and learn from these special activities.”

MMRG is grateful to the WWW Explorers Club underwriters, the Siemon Company and Branch Hill Farm/Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust, and to major sponsor D. F. Richard Energy. Thanks also to prize donors Bartlett Tree Service, Peter Goodwin, McKenzie’s Farm, the Pink House, and Cynthia Wyatt. With Explorers Club activities being promoted throughout the summer, new business sponsors will have plenty of opportunities to be recognized. Interested businesses may call Education Coordinator Kari Lygren at 603-4978-7125, email mmrgnh@gmail.com or visit www.mmrg.info/sponsorship.

Branch Hill Farm/the Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust works to protect open space and working forests and to educate the public about sound forestry, conservation and agricultural practices; see www.branchillfarm.org. Moose Mountains Regional Greenways, a non-profit land trust, works to conserve and connect important water resources, farm and forest lands, wildlife habitats, and recreational land and offers many educational opportunities to inform all ages about the benefits of our region’s natural resources. For more information and a calendar of upcoming events, visit www.mmrg.info

 

Moose Mountains Regional Greenways Offers ‘Using a Map to Find Your Way’

Moose Mountains Regional Greenways
Box 191, Union, NH 03887
603-473-2020
info@mmrg.info

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 3/4/2020

Moose Mountains Regional Greenways Offers ‘Using a Map to Find Your Way’

On Sunday afternoon, March 29, Moose Mountains Regional Greenways (MMRG) will offer a family activity for kids and adults to learn to navigate using a map. The ‘Using a Map to Find Your Way’ workshop is part of MMRG’s 2020 ‘MOOSE-ies for Families’ program, intended to encourage the next generation of conservationists by offering families ways to have fun together outside while learning about the natural world.

MMRG Board member Peter Goodwin will lead the activity with help from MMRG staff and volunteers. Goodwin, a former high school science teacher, has been making maps for 30 years and working with people, young and old, to help them learn how to better use maps. This workshop is for kids ten and up with an accompanying adult or anyone sixteen or older who wants to learn to use a map.

Maps are everywhere and people use them all the time, often without being aware of it. For example, most people take for granted a voice on their GPS telling them how to drive to an unfamiliar destination, based on an electronic mapping program. Goodwin is eager to teach kids and adults how to find their own way. He asks, “Do you know how to use a map without a voice? If you were given a treasure map with ‘X’ marking the spot, could you find the treasure?”

For this ‘MOOSE-ies for Families’ workshop, each family will be given a map and instructions about what the symbols on it mean. Families will use the map to navigate around Branch Hill Farm and find the points marked on the map representing places or objects of interest on the farm. Time permitting, families will find their way down to the Salmon Falls River and see early signs of spring. Goodwin is encouraging, “You won’t get lost, because you will have a map! And I think you’ll find that navigation is easier than it seems. Prepare to have fun as you find your way around Branch Hill Farm.”

‘Using a Map to Find Your Way’ will take place from 1 to 3 pm on Sunday, March 29. Compasses will be provided but families are encouraged to bring their own, if they have them, and to wear footwear appropriate for muddy trails or wet grassy fields. The workshop is free to MMRG member families but pre-registration is required. Non-members are encouraged to try out their first ‘MOOSE-ies for Families’ event for free. For more information, directions, and to pre-register, call MMRG’s Educational Outreach Coordinator Kari Lygren at (603) 978-7125 or email mmrgnh@gmail.com. Interested families may join MMRG with an online donation of $25 per household per year at https://mmrg.info/become-a-member/ or inquire about available scholarships by calling 603-473-2020.

Branch Hill Farm/the Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust works to protect open space and working forests and to educate the public about sound forestry, conservation and agricultural practices; see branchillfarm.org. MMRG, a non-profit land trust, works to conserve and connect important water resources, farm and forest lands, wildlife habitats, and recreational land and offers many educational opportunities to inform all ages about the benefits of our region’s natural resources. For more information, a calendar of upcoming educational events, and the full list of 2020 ‘MOOSE-ies for Families’ activities, visit www.mmrg.info.

 

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