Each year, on the fourth Saturday in August, we host our annual event. It's a wonderful chance to connect with friends new and old and celebrate what we’ve accomplished together. In addition to special announcements and awards, we highlight our recent accomplishments and look forward to the coming year during the morning's presentation. We lead optional field trips to conserved lands in the early afternoon.
Stephen Long, author and woodsman, talked about why people own forestland and how today's woods can be sustainably managed. Long was a founding editor of Northern Woodlands magazine and is author of "More Than a Woodlot: Getting the Most from Your Family Forest." Download his presentation.
Carbee Farm, Greenfield
Moderate hike through fields and woods to a historic sawmill site on a recently conserved property that is sustainably managed for timber and includes an active Christmas tree farm. Approximately 1 mile and 1-1/2 hours.
Crotched Mountain Trails, Greenfield
Easy, self-guided hiking options on the country’s first fully accessible high-mountain trail system. Choose a loop trail around a wetland (2 miles total) or walk out to a scenic knoll (1.6 miles round-trip), or do both! Timing depends on speed of hiker.
Green tour of Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center, Greenfield
Learn about the center’s biomass heating system that uses wood chips harvested locally from New Hampshire forests to heat the facility and its innovative wastewater drip irrigation system that handles 60,000 gallons of greywater every day and spreads it out through the forest. Allow 1 hour.
Woodland Hill Farm, Greenfield
Moderately strenuous hike on a network of trails, created in partnership with the Greenfield Trails Association, that weaves through a working forest across a large block of conserved properties. Approximately 3 miles and 2-1/2 hours.
Or, click here for the online album. Photos by Katrina Farmer, Jim Bride and Anne McBride.