Wilton, NH- A celebration for the 15th Anniversary of the protection of the Sheldrick Forest Preserve will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 25. The event will be held at the Sheldrick Forest Preserve on Town Farm Road in Wilton, N.H.
The New Hampshire Chapter of The Nature Conservancy is hosting the event. To start the day an Explore Sheldrick Hike will take place from 10 a.m. to noon. In addition to the first hike, a Family Fun Hike will take place from 11 a.m. to noon. After the hikes guests are invited to participate in the 15th Anniversary picnic starting at noon.
While surveying the property in 1994, forester Swift Corwin identified that the 227-acres located in southwestern New Hampshire featured old-growth pine trees and needed to be preserved. Thus launched an extraordinary grassroots campaign.
The dedication put forth by concerned citizens and local businesses made it possible to preserve what was then Wilton Forest.
The local and surrounding communities of Wilton and The Nature Conservancy worked together in order to raise enough money to purchase the property. The combined effort raised approximately $550,000 to save the forest.
Fifteen years since the goal was achieved, Sheldrick Forest, named for the family farm which once stood on the property, continues to be open to the public, and gives visitors of all ages the opportunity to see the protected habitats while hiking along the trails.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. To date, the Conservancy and its more than one million members have been responsible for the protection of more than 18 million acres in the United States and have helped preserve more than 117 million acres in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific. The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire has helped protect more than 270,000 acres of critical natural lands. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org/newhampshire.