History Hike: Red Hill Fire Tower

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Meet at the Teedie Trail trailhead. The trailhead is located on a gravel driveway, next to a private tennis court on Bean Road, at the Sandwich and Moultonborough town line.

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

This Week's Program:

Join the Squam Lakes Association for a 4.8 mile out and back winter hike up to the fire tower and cabin at the summit of Red Hill for 360 degree views of Squam Lake, Lake Winnipesaukee, the Squam and Sandwich ranges, and other mountains to the north and south. On the hike, participants will learn why and how the Red Hill fire tower helps us preserve and protect the surrounding land. We will also discuss the land use history of Red Hill to gain an understanding of changes that have occurred over time from farming, to logging, to protection. How/why was the fire tower used in the past versus the present? How does Red Hill fit into the greater history of all 91 New Hampshire fire towers? Come on the hike to learn all about fire towers and to find out how many fire towers are still standing in New Hampshire and are still in operation.

Audience: Anyone interested in a moderately hard hike to learn about the history of Red Hill and Fire towers in New Hampshire.

What to Bring: Participants should bring lots of warm layers, water, snacks, and microspikes or snowshoes depending on the weather. 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: 

My name is Sydney Kahl, and I am from Plymouth, New Hampshire. I graduated from St. Lawrence University in upstate New York in May 2018 with an Environmental Studies degree, and minors in Creative Writing and Outdoor Studies. After graduating I spent the summer working for the Utah Department of Natural Resources as an Aquatic Invasive Species technician on Lake Powell, and then came back east to work at Lakes of the Clouds hut on Mt. Washington for the Appalachian Mountain Club this fall. I spent the summer of 2015 working for Squam Lakes Association as a Squam Conservation Intern, and I am very excited to be back as a Lakes Region Conservation Corps member for the winter!  

Hello, my name is Amanda, and I am originally from Western Massachusetts! I have a B.S. in Movement Science, Sport and Leisure Studies, concentration in Wilderness Leadership, and a minor in Environmental Science from Westfield State University; and a M.S. in Natural Resources and a certificate in Environmental Education from the University of Idaho. Beyond my wordy degrees, I have lived and worked in several places across the United States within the last five years, from Cape Cod to the Puget Sound. I am very excited to be back in New England as I broaden my conservation horizons while in the beautiful Lakes Region of New Hampshire! Interests include hiking, canoeing, photosynthesizing in the sunshine, reading, snowboarding, playing the uke, sending postcards, and swimming laps.     

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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