This Week's Program:
We will meet at 9:00am at the Five Finger Point trailhead Tuesday morning, February 20th, and begin with a quick discussion about winter hiking safety before heading out on the hike. It will be a fairly easy 2-3 hour 3 mile round trip and participants will learn how to identify trees by their bark along the way. Snowshoes or microspikes are required and we can provide snowshoes for up to six hikers although there are no youth sizes. Be sure to dress appropriately for winter conditions and to bring a lunch or snacks! Hiking during the winter offers a unique perspective of Squam and the surrounding forests through which we can see the seasonal cycle in action. For example, a lack of snow cover on the forest floor actually causes the soil to be colder than if there were a snow “blanket”. Because conservation of the Squam Lakes watershed is so important any information, be it from hikers or researchers, is important to note.
What to Bring:
Participants should bring appropriate winter 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:
Hello, my name is Kyle Salmons and I was previously the Squam Lakes Association’s Youth Program Camp Director and I am now an LRCC AmeriCorps member. I have three years of experience working in and around Squam Lake. I am originally from New York but I haven’t been able to bring myself to leave the beautiful state of New Hampshire for an extended period. I love sharing knowledge with those interested in learning about the area and the outdoors.
SLA's Adventure Ecology Trips:
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.