MEREDITH — The Conservation Commission will host a scenic, guided walk along a series of new trail loops at the Page Pond Town Forest on Saturday, Oct. 17. There are no high elevations along the trail — and no long drive to get there. All ages are welcome.
All trails are cared for by the Conservation Commission, with assistance from volunteer townspeople, and they offer a bird's eye view of a vast expanse of marshes, beaver habitats, and diverse outcroppings.
This guided hike will be led by John Sherman and Paul Dillon, who are Conservation Commission members and recent participants in the UNH Cooperative Extension Speaking-for-Wildlife Volunteers Program. They look to provide hikers with knowledge about the environmental beauty of the place while introducing the newly marked trail loop system.
The beaver impact is particularly noticeable on this western side of Page Pond. A number of wetlands have arisen from dams they built which participants will see on this outing. When beavers construct dams, they create new wetlands that can help slow erosion, raise the water table and work as water purification systems. Later, when beavers abandon their lodges and dams, other aquatic plants take over. Soon other shrubs and plants will spring up and the area will become a meadow. When the shrubs begin to provide enough shade, tree seedlings begin to sprout. When the trees grow, they will take over and the land will return to woodlands.
Meet-up is at 10 a.m. at the Blueberry Hill Entrance to Page Pond Town Forest. Directions: take the Meredith Neck Rd., turning left onto Blueberry Hill Rd. at the four corners. The entrance will be on the left and the guides will assist with parking. The two hour walk will end at noon. Please bring water, wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.
The Meredith Conservation Commission was established as an advisory body by state law. It is the only town body specifically charged with protecting natural resources and provides a focal point within the town for environmental concerns. It meets on the 1st Thursday of every month at the Meredith Community Center at 7 p.m. Like us on Facebook to receive notices about our hikes, work days and other events.
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