Town of Unity Celebrates Gift of Conserved Memorial Forest
As is the case for much of New Hampshireâ€™s landscape, The Nathaniel & Ina Thurber Memorial Forest was cleared, farmed, and now much has returned to forestland.Over the years, cattle, sheep and horses have grazed the land.Unityâ€™s Conservation Commission plans to maintain some open fields in order to preserve scenic vistas, which stretch both north and south from the property.In the warmer months, these open fields offer picnicking opportunities, and the forested portion of the property is popular during hunting season. Historically, the forest was also used for maple sugaring, and a stone foundation of a historic sugar house is believed to be located on the conserved property.
The Conservation Commission will develop a Forest Management Plan prior to forestry activities, as required by the conservation easement.The Commission also plans to maintain the recreational trails that traverse the property for the publicâ€™s enjoyment.Former forester, and Chair of the Conservation Commission, Stan Rastallis said at the closing, â€œThereâ€™s a pretty good system of trailsâ€”itâ€™s a matter of maintaining them.â€ He also said of helping with the project, â€œItâ€™s been fun being in the woods again.â€
Due to the generosity of the Ryans and the support of the Town and the Conservation Commission, UVLT will now ensure that this property will forever remain a part of Unityâ€™s working landscape, and available for public enjoyment of its scenic values and recreational opportunities.This project is UVLTâ€™s second in the town and the parcel is located within two miles of 350 acres of other public or town-conserved lands.