Habitat Hike in Chamberlain Reynolds

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest. Participants will meet at the SLA, located at 534 US Rt. 3 in Holderness and head to Chamberlain Reynolds from there. Click Here for a Google Map.

Registration: All participants must register for this program. Space is limited to 12 people. Click here to register for this program.

This Week's Program:

Join us as we explore Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest. Participants will walk along the trails of CRMF making observation about different habitat characteristics and discussing habitat quality and the importance of having diversity within forests. The components of a healthy ecosystem include, sunlight, producers (trees), consumers (wildlife), decomposers (fungus), water sources (Squam Lake), and even dead organisms such as snags. Biodiversity encourages ecosystem productivity where each organisms plays a vital role. The biotic members that inhabit any ecosystem are connected interdependently, meaning if one element changes more things will change with it. Taking these potential cascading effects into account can help in conservation efforts within the watershed. We will start this program at the SLA then we will head over to Chamberlain Reynolds where we will take a loop around the memorial forest discussing plant diversity and ecosystem health. During the hike we will identify and record the different organisms we see, tree ID, plant ID, and discuss the multiple factors that can be used to indicate the health of an ecosystem. This program is free for both members and nonmembers.

**As temperatures warm and snow and ice on and around our trails melt, we want to let participants know that there is the potential for outdoor adventure ecology programs to change or be canceled. We will always do our best to contact registered participants as soon as we receive updated information on the conditions of trails to notify them.**

Audience:

All ages.

This Week's LRCC Guide: 

My name is Maggie, I grew up in Swampscott Massachusetts, a small seaside community north of Boston. In may I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Natural Resource Conservation with a focus in wildlife conservation. I love hiking, camping, and spending time outside looking and listening for local birds.

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.

 

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