Help Conserve Camp Chenoa’s Wildlands!

Beaver Pond at Camp Chenoa (photo: Stephen Froling)When Camp Chenoa Girl Scout Camp on Gregg Lake in Antrim was put up for sale a year ago, the Harris Center offered to purchase the 184-acre undeveloped parcel if a potential buyer for the camp was interested only in the lakefront parcel with extensive camp facilities. In June, to our great pleasure, that scenario came to be, and the Harris Center contracted to buy the undeveloped forestland.

Direct neighbor to New Hampshire Audubon’s Willard Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, the property also contains 1,450 feet of frontage on Brimstone Corner Road. A 34-acre beaver pond and associated wetlands help protect the quality of water flowing into Gregg Lake. They also provide wildlife habitat ranked as Tier I (the highest) in New Hampshire’s Wildlife Action Plan. Existing trails to the pond and dramatic views of the Antrim Highlands will be open to the public.

Our challenge is to raise funds to meet the purchase price of $200,000 by the September 26 deadline. No small task! We are actively fundraising, but success will depend on the energy and assistance of many participants. To learn more, to join the effort, or to make a tax-deductible contribution, please contact Jeremy Wilson at wilson@harriscenter.org or (603) 525-3394.

In the Field with the KSC Conservation Interns

The 2014 KSC conservation intern team (left to right: Tara Pratt, Dan Broderick, Marisa Morrison, and Matt Cecchetelli) takes a break from hand-pulling hundreds of invasive plants.

We recently wrapped up our second year of the Keene State College-Harris Center conservation internship program, an innovative seven-week summer internship experience for undergraduate students in the Environmental Studies Department at Keene State College (KSC).

Under the guidance of Harris Center staff and KSC professors, interns Dan Broderick, Matt Cecchetelli, Marisa Morrison, and Tara Pratt assisted with many facets of the Harris Center’s diverse conservation and education work. Together, the students documented 11 vernal pools, surveyed 20 forest community inventory plots, pulled hundreds of invasive plants, conducted weekly monitoring of the Harris Center’s campsites on Spoonwood Pond, assisted with educational events and easement monitoring, and collected a second year of data for a wildlife road mortality study of Route 123, which bisects Supersanctuary lands in Hancock, Antrim, Stoddard, and Nelson. Read more…

“Meet the Coywolf” Film Showing on July 10

View a trailer for Meet the Coywolf here.

The Coywolf, a mixture of Western Coyote and Eastern Wolf, is a remarkable new hybrid carnivore that is making its presence known throughout the Northeast, including the Monadnock Region. In this hour-long PBS NATURE documentary, tag along as scientists study this new top predator, tracking it from the wilderness of Ontario’s Algonquin Park all the way to the streets of New York City.  Thursday, July 10, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture (formerly the Peterborough Historical Society) in PeterboroughFree and open to all.

For more information, please contact Brett Amy Thelen at thelen@harriscenter.orgCosponsored by the Harris Center for Conservation Education, the Monadnock Conservancy, and the Monadnock Center for History and Culture.