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Meetinghouse Pond Hike, Gilmanton


Join Five Rivers Conservation Trust, the Gilmanton Land Trust and the Gilmanton Conservation Commission to explore the new Meetinghouse Pond Conservation Area in Gilmanton, NH. The hike will take place on Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 10 AM to 12 noon. On this easy hike along the field edge and woods trail, they will visit the expansive hayfield, the hardwood forest, and the beautiful frontage on Meetinghouse Pond.  Along the way, they will identify plants, look for wildlife sign, and investigate the important ecosystems on the property.



Participants will also explore the history of the property, including its flax pond and the unusual stone structure built across its bottom, used to process flax into fiber for clothing. According to retired State Architectural Historian Jim Garvin, in a letter sent to the Gilmanton Land Trust: "The production of linen fiber and woven cloth was central to New Hampshire's agricultural economy in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.” This flax pond is the only one known to exist in the state and perhaps all of New England!

The 41-acre Meetinghouse Pond Conservation Area, along with three other tracts, was conserved in 2013 in a cooperative effort by the Five Rivers Conservation Trust, Gilmanton Land Trust, and Gilmanton Conservation Commission. The field trip is sponsored by all three organizations. The trip will be led by Sarah Thorne, local ecology teacher; Beth McGuinn, Executive Director of Five Rivers Conservation Trust who has expertise in land conservation and forestry; and Tracy Tarr, Chairman of the Gilmanton Conservation Commission and wetland scientist. Children and dogs (on leashes) are welcome.

The field trip is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted. Please contact Five Rivers Conservation Trust at 225-7225 or to register and get directions.  


Five Rivers Conservation Trust is a nonprofit membership supported organization working with communities and landowners to conserve land with important conservation values in central New Hampshire. Five Rivers’ goal is to ensure that future generations can experience, utilize, and benefit from the farms, forests, wetlands, and recreation land that characterize our landscape in seventeen communities across central New Hampshire.  The organization has conserved 62 properties, totaling over 3,800 acres.                 


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