Opening of 5-mile Hiking Trail
June 26, 2009
NALMC Neighborhood and Northwood Meadows State Park
The trail begins at Northwood Meadows
State Park and continues in a westerly direction across the privately
owned Harmony Hill Farm, before returning to the State Park. The
trail meanders through a variety of fields, hills and woods that have
been managed to encourage habitat for wildlife.
Farm gladly welcomes hikers, but please no motorized or other types
of wheeled vehicles on the portion of the trail that runs through
Harmony Hill Farm.
The idea for the trail emerged from a
unique partnership of public and private landowners in Northwood that
is working on ways to collaborate on habitat management, recreational
trials, and other management goals. NALMC includes the New Hampshire
Fish and Game Department, the New Hampshire Department of Resources
and Economic Development (DRED), the Town of Northwood, Coe Brown
Northwood Academy and the University of New Hampshire, as well as
several private landowners.
was created so that abutting landowners can work together on common
objectives, achieving results none of us could achieve alone,"
said Carl Wallman, private landowner and the current chairman of the
group. "We want to
build a model for this type of land management that can be adopted by
landowners in other parts of the state. This 5-mile trail is an
example of neighbors working together on a recreational project."
NALMC is also turning its energies to forestry, wildlife and natural
can a single property provide all the habitat components required by
wildlife. That’s why it’s so important that we look beyond our
stone walls when making management decisions about our forests and
commented Jim Oehler, State Lands Habitat Biologist for the New
Hampshire Fish & Game Department and vice chairman of NALMC.
"NALMC provides an
incredible opportunity to collaborate on a grand scale, working with
our neighbors to have a truly meaningful impact on wildlife in the
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