Forest Forensics: Reading a Landscape's History

Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Meet at the Squam Lakes Association headquarters, located at 534 US Rt. 3 in Holderness. Click Here for a Google Map. Carpool to Five Finger Point trail head from SLA.

Registration: Registration is required. Space is limited to 12 people. Click here to register for this program.       

This Week's Program:

The program is gear towards people who want to add extra excitement to their hikes. The goal is for participants to develop their deduction skills with a simple look at the natural area surrounding them. Was it once farm land? Was it once used for logging? What’s that stone wall doing there? There are various forensic techniques that can be learned in order to answer these questions. Additionally, participants will learn about the history of land use in New England, both a tragic yet empowering story. By the end, participants should feel like a Sherlock Holmes of the forest.

Audience: Any age. Minors must be accompanied by a guardian.

What to Bring: Participants should bring appropriate clothing, water, food, and snowshoes and/or micro-spikes depending on conditions. The SLA can provide snowshoes for up to six participants. Click here to view a list of SLA recommended gear for winter hiking.

This Week's LRCC Guide: 

Stevie Raymond. I grew up in Claremont, New Hampshire where my passion for the environment first began with hikes up to the peak of Mount Ascutney. Since then, I’ve graduated from The University of Vermont with a B.A. in environmental studies and wildlife biology. My education led me to the Squam Lakes Association internship in 2016 and they haven’t been able to get rid of me since. In my spare time, I enjoy screenwriting as well as daydreaming about what movie to watch next.

SLA's Adventure Ecology Programs:

Throughout the year, the Squam Lakes Association offers free programs open to the public on a variety of nature and conservation related topics. The Adventure Ecology programs are presented by the Lakes Region Conservation Corps members who spend their year on Squam performing important conservation work in support of the Association's mission. For more information about the SLA's educational programs please click here or call our office at (603) 968-7336.

Lakes Region Conservation Corps

The Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) is an AmeriCorps service program that develops skills and experiences for conservation professionals. LRCC members are the driving force behind the Squam Lakes Association’s conservation efforts. The program provides hands-on conservation work experience and numerous certifications over a broad range of areas, which ensures that LRCC members are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks in the environmental conservation field. Members remove invasive species from the Squam watershed, manage and act as caretakers at our backcountry campsites, maintain the SLA’s 50+ miles of trails, educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives, spearhead reports on conservation efforts, lead SLA volunteer crews and ensure the daily functioning of the Squam Lakes Association’s programs. Click here to learn more about the program.


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