Guided Hike: Brooks Fisher to Crawford Ridgepole Trail (FULL)

Friday, August 13, 2021 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Meet at the Brooks Fisher Trail trailhead. Click here for a Google Map that will get you close to the trailhead. Take I-93 to Exit 24 (Ashland). Turn right onto Route 3/Route 25. In Ashland, bear left at the Y, continuing south on 3/25. Turn left onto Route 175 and go 1.7 miles. Turn right onto Hardhack Road. Go about 75 yards and take a right onto Perch Pond Road. Go a little over 2 miles and the trailhead is on the right.

Registration: Program is full. Registration closed.

This Week's Program:

Join self proclaimed tree expert and flora enthusiast Cecilia on a guided hike up the Brooks Fisher Trail ending at an overlook of Squam Lake. Come revel in the extreme green brought on by the recent influx of rain and learn to identify trees native to New Hampshire. We will chat about the process of ecological succession and the types of foliage associated with earlier and later stages of forest development, as well as the implications for humans and wildlife. This is a topic easily tailored to all ages and levels of experience and all are welcome and encouraged to join!

Audience: All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Must be able to walk long distances and over uneven terrain.

Materials: Water & food for a 3 hour hiking excursion, sunscreen, bug spray, weather appropriate clothing, and comfortable shoes for hiking. Masks for those who want to wear one though they are not required.

This Week's LRCC Presenter: 

The little farm I grew up on in Puyallup WA, deeply instilled a love for animals and the environment.  At Gonzaga University I discovered a genuine love for ecology and conservation both in and out of the classroom.  It was in the discovery of rock climbing during my first year of college, that I  decided to pursue a life plan that includes outdoor activity with the study of biology and  conservation. Throughout college I was able to get started working in research laboratories investigating the courtship glands in the skin of Ensatina eschscholtzii salamanders, and the potential use of fungi to control the spread of wildfires across the grasslands of the Pacific Northwest. I cannot wait to spend the next year with SLA, learning about conservation, environmental education, and hopefully NH plant identification. The only downside to this incredible opportunity is the 3,000 miles between me and my cat Prow and dog Okie Dokie.

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 LRCC.


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