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Recent News & Upcoming Events - April 2010
Jason Berard UVLT Welcomes New Stewardship Coordinator, Jason Berard

For several years, Jason has worked with the Dartmouth Outing Club to coordinate volunteers in their efforts to steward and maintain portions of the Appalachian Trail. His formal educational background is in painting and art history, so if you notice an improvement in UVLT's esthetics, chalk it up to UVLT's newest employee! You're likely to see him outside soon monitoring easements & maintaining trails. Vice President of Stewardship, Pete Helm, is very glad to have a couple more hands to share the work of stewarding the over 400 easements now held by UVLT!

Willey Farm Productive Farmland & Scenic Views Conserved in Thetford

According to Thetford Conservation Commissioner, Connie Snyder, "The view across the Willey Farm is a lovely part of most peoples' lives here in town - one of those jewels one almost takes for granted until one day a new development changes the land forever and then it's too late to recover the rolling meadows and fine hardwood forests that are a priceless part of our local heritage. We need to cherish every bit of farmland we have left in this valley - for practical agricultural reasons and because it is just so beautiful. Lilla Willey understands this and she did do something about it."

To learn more about UVLT's most recent conservation project please visit our blog: theuppervalleylandtrust.blogspot.com.

Sunrise Farm, Hartford, VT Get Your CSA Share for 2010 Before It's Too Late!

Some CSA farms have openings left, but they won't for long. If you plan to sign up for a share this year, sign up today! Search the Valley Food & Farm Guide to find a CSA farm near you.

Upcoming Events:
Cooperative Connections Expo: "The Value of Co-op Food Choices"
Saturday, April 10, 9am - 12pm
Richmond Middle School, 64 Lyme Road, Hanover, NH

Please visit UVLT's table at this event hosted by the Co-op Food Stores. For more information about the event, please visit coopfoodstore.coop/content/co-op-expo-and-annual-meeting

Bill Hill 
signs Second Sunday Strolls
Beginning April 11, 1 - 3pm

Beginning in April, on the second Sunday of each month, UVLT Trustee, Roger Hanlon will lead groups on hikes to explore UVLT conserved trails. The first hike will take place on April 11th on the Bill Hill Trail in Thetford, VT.

For more information or to sign-up, please contact Roger at jrhanlon@daypitney.com.

To learn more about trails on lands conserved by UVLT, please visit: www.uvlt.org/public-access/trailsuv/.

Flavors of the Valley Flavors of the Valley
Tuesday, April 20, 2 - 7pm
Hartford High School, White River Junction, VT

Sample delicious local foods and celebrate spring at Vital Communities' 9th annual Flavors of the Valley, the greater Upper Valley's premier tasting, informational, and buying event for locally grown foods . Over fifty farms, restaurants, grocers, and non-profit organizations will sample and sell a range of local products including meats and poultry, produce, sweeteners, dairy, and prepared foods. Admission is $7, with no charge for children 6 and under. UVLT will have a table--please stop by and say 'hi'!

For more information, please visit www.vitalcommunities.org/Agriculture/flavors/index.htm

Baker Bush Vernal Pool Hidden Wonders of Vernal Pools
Saturday, April 24, 9am - 12pm
Baker Bush, Sawnee Bean Road, Strafford, VT

Come and explore the wonders of wetland ecology at the recently conserved Chas Baker Sugarbush property in Strafford with Steve Faccio, a conservation biologist at the VT Center for Ecostudies, and Amber Boland, Conservation Mapping and Field Specialist at the UVLT. We will visit several vernal pools and discuss the ecology of these small, but critical wetlands while searching for and identifying amphibian egg masses. We will then move to a larger wetland system, which currently supports an active colony of beavers. Along the way we will keep an eye out for early spring ephemerals and an ear tuned for returning spring migrants.

Please register in advance by contacting Amber Boland at amber.boland@uvlt.org or (603) 643-6626 ext. 108.

Directions from Hanover:
  • Interstate 91N to exit 14 (Thetford);
  • Turn left onto Rte 113 W toward Thetford Center;
  • Follow approximately 3.5 miles and take left onto Sawnee Bean Rd;
  • Follow approximately 2.7 miles, staying right, to the property which will be located on the left.
  • Follow signs for parking.

Jim Block Photography Workshop with Jim Block: Using a Digital Camera
Saturday, May 8, 8am - 12pm
Upper Valley Land Trust, 19 Buck Road, Hanover, NH

A four-hour classroom and field workshop that will cover basic concepts of digital photography, some recommended camera settings and common problems. Jim Block will demonstrate basic photography skills and show some surprising things you can do with a zoom lens. No experience is needed. Bring your camera, manual, and any accessories you like. Boots are suggested. The class will start promptly at 8am rain or shine at the UVLT offices at 19 Buck Road, Hanover, NH. Preregistration is required and group size will be limited.

To register, contact Nora at noradoyle-burr@uvlt.org or (603) 643-6626 ext. 102.

Find out more about UVLT's work & upcoming events at www.UVLT.org.

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