Reviving a Rail Trail

a photograph of a large granite bridge abutment, without an accompanying bridge

Construction of a new bridge across this impressive historic granite railroad abutment will open 1.6 miles of rail trail between Harrisville and Hancock.
(photo: Brett Amy Thelen)

Several years ago, the Harris Center worked closely with Harrisville Trails to re-open a 1.4-mile section of old railroad bed to recreation. In the years since, the Eastview Trail has become one of our most popular walking trails.

Now, we’ve got our sights set on reviving the 1.6-mile section just east of Eastview, from Jaquith Road in Harrisville to Jaquith Road in Hancock. Friends of the SuperSanctuary generously donated land to make it possible to open this section to the public, but the trail needed substantial work, including extensive regrading and construction of two bridges. The grading and one footbridge have been completed with support from the Quabbin-to-Cardigan Partnership and the New Hampshire Recreational Trails Program. However, the largest bridge, which will span Jaquith Brook via an impressive historic granite railroad abutment, has yet to be installed.

To complete construction of the second bridge, the Harris Center needs to raise an additional $15,000 by September 30. For more information or to make a tax-deductible contribution in support of this exciting trail project, please contact Jeremy Wilson at or (603) 525-3394.

We’re Hiring!

We’re looking for an experienced Development Coordinator to manage our annual, planned, foundation, and corporate giving programs, and to help plan the Harris Center’s 50th anniversary, which is coming up in 2020.

If you know any fantastic fundraisers who have strong organizational, interpersonal, and communications skills; media savvy; a creative mind; robust integrity; experience with development databases; and a commitment to conservation, send them our way! 

Read the full job announcement here.

In the Field with the 2017 KSC Conservation Interns

a picture of four interns in the woods, collecting data on a culvert

The 2017 KSC conservation interns survey a road-stream crossing adjacent to Harris Center-protected land. For more pictures of this year’s conservation interns in action, visit us on Flickr. (photo: Brett Amy Thelen)

Last week, we wrapped up our fifth year of the Harris Center-Keene State College conservation internship program, a two-month 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 professor Karen Seaver, four outstanding undergraduate interns − Courtney Dillon, Mickayla Johnston, Mark Landolina, and Anthony Oatley − assisted with many facets of the Harris Center’s diverse conservation work. Read more…