Gilford to get update on 331-acre Gage Parcel

GILFORD — Russ Wilder, chairman of the Belknap Range Conservation Coalition, will present a program on the findings of an ecological assessment conducted by ecologist, Dr. Rick Van de Poll of the Gage property at a meeting at the Gilford Library, Potter Hill Road,on Wednesday, November 6 at 6:30 p.m.

The 331-acre Gage parcel is a major portion of Moulton Valley in the Belknap Range and is comprised of the northeastern slopes of Piper Mountain nearly to the top, and south and southeast faces of Belknap Mountain. It is one of four parcels, totaling 961 acres, that the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF), the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) and the Belknap Range Conservation Coalition (BRCC) are working to preserve.

The project faces a December 1 deadline.

The importance of protecting the Gage parcel has been well known by Gilford's Land Conservation Task Force and Conservation Commission as evidenced by 10 years of previous attempts at procuring its 331 acres.

Belknap Range map maker/hiker/historian, Dave Roberts has agreed to be in the audience to answer questions and to share his love for this particular property. Roberts made the first comprehensive accurate map of the 70-mile trail network in the Belknaps and was recently honored by the SPNHF as its Conservationist of the Year.o