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.
Local land conservation: then, now and forever
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 25th Annual Celebration on Saturday, August 23, 2014.
Or, click here for the online album. Photos by Marilyn Weir Photography. Scroll down for a slideshow of photos from the field trips.
Remarks by the men who have held the position of executive director -- Ben Mahnke, Dick Ober and Ryan Owens -- are available for viewing on the Conservancy's YouTube channel; click here to see the videos.
Peter Forbes, conservationist, writer, photographer and co-founder of Center for Whole Communities, is a social justice and environmental leader, formerly with the Trust for Public Land. He writes, speaks and consults on how the health of the land is dependent on the health of the people, no matter the class, race, profession or ideology. He compiled “Our Land, Ourselves: Readings on People and Place” and wrote “The Great Remembering: Further Thoughts on Land, Soul and Society.”
Cranberry Meadow Pond Trail, Peterborough
Start from downtown Peterborough, along the streets and sidewalks, and hike to open fields, wetlands and the forested shore of Cranberry Meadow Pond on a trail designed to connect downtown Peterborough with Pack Monadnock. Guided and led by Rick Brackett and Swift Corwin. Difficulty: Moderate. Distance: Approx. 3 miles. Elevation gain: Approx. 340 feet. Hike time: 2 1/2 hours.
Stonewall Farm, Dublin
Explore the Conservancy's first easement, in a conservation block connecting Stanley Brook and Frost Pond along the Dublin–Jaffrey town line. We will loop through historic farmland and working forest, visiting a vernal pool and a black gum swamp. Guided and led by Emily Hague. Difficulty: Moderate. Distance: 1.5 miles. Elevation gain: 120 feet. Hike time: 2 hours.
Temple Mountain, Peterborough
The Conservancy led the effort to protect Temple Mountain, which is now a State Reservation. Join us for a moderately strenuous hike on the Wapack Trail to Temple Mountain’s summit. We’ll be joined by Dick Ober, former executive director, who spearheaded the effort on behalf of the Conservancy and will tell us about the history of this landmark project. guided and led by Dick Ober and Anne McBride. Difficulty: Moderate to challenging. Distance: Approx. 2.5 miles. Elevation gain: 360 feet. Hike time: 2 1/2 hours.
Or click here for the online album. Photos by Rick Brackett, Stacy Gambrel, Emily Hague and Anne McBride.