By all accounts, the first ever Northwood Meadows Discovery Day was a big success. It was the first beautiful day in several weeks with a light breeze, full sun and no mosquitoes. Throughout the day nearly 300 visitors strolled the park trails stopping by the
different exhibits and demonstration booths to try fishing, learn about lumber jack operations, identify water bugs and wildlife specimens, find out more about land protection efforts in the local area, take walks to view wildlife and their habitats, and watch the sawmill operation and fire management demonstrations.
Sign Spectrum’s Discovery Day sign at the park entrance provided an eyecatching invitation to the event, while further down in the park the NH Locked Moose Antler Project’s display created a dramatic and up-close wildlife greeting for visitors.
Volunteers and those needing assistance tooled around on golf carts donated by Northwood RV, and we celebrated the 20th birthday of Northwood Meadows State Park with two big birthday cakes donated by Hannaford Supermarket. Northwood Crank Pullers put on a big cookout for the crowd as well.
Ed Burtt and his family who originally owned the park land, were celebrated as well - with tokens of appreciation from NALMC and the Town of Northwood, and from the Northwood Crank Pullers Snowmobile Club. Ed and others who were instrumental in the formation and preservation of the park shared their insights and perspectives - on the importance of the park, land conservation and stewardship, and the public/private partnerships such as NALMC - that can bring diverse groups of people together to support
common land-related goals. Johanna Lyons of NH Division of Parks and Recreation read and presented to the Town of Northwood, the Governor’s Proclamation of Northwood Meadows Discovery Day. [click here for the Proclamation]
After the ceremony, Ed Burtt graciously autographed copies of his self-published book History and Remembrances of Northwood Meadows State Park. Just before July 11th, Ed had also created and starred in a video-taped tour of the park which supplements his book. The DVD tour, a DVD of the day, and limited copies of Ed’s autographed book are available for purchase with proceeds supporting Discovery Day and the park itself.
Thanks to all our partners and friends
Discovery Day would not have happened at all, if not for the dedicated and hardworking team of local volunteers - most of whom didn’t know each other before – who came together over several months to plan and organize the event, and most importantly, to
help out on July 11th. Volunteers handled logistics, parking and visitor assistance; did event set-up and tear-down; created and placed signage; had trail clearing and improvement work days; and spruced up the park to welcome more visitors than ever before.
We are especially grateful to the NH Charitable Foundation – Otto Fund for providing grant funding to support NALMC education and outreach activities culminating in Discovery Day; and to Bear-Paw Regional Greenways for acting as NALMC’s fiscal agent.
We would also like to thank all those who helped make Discovery Day bigger and better than we could have expected – the volunteers, exhibitors, speakers, NALMC partners, and the individuals and businesses that provided in-kind and/or financial donations:
Northwood Conservation Commission
Northwood Fire Department
Northwood Historical Society
Town of Northwood, Board of Selectmen
Deerfield Fire Department
NH Fish and Game Department
NH Department of Resources and Economic
NH Department of Environmental Services
UNH Cooperative Extension
East Coast Container Services
DL Docko and Son
Barking Dog Sound
Waste Management Inc.
Heritage True Value Hardware
Solene Web Design
St. Joseph’s Church
Lamprey River Watershed Association
Matras Farm Equipment Repair
NH Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation
NH Coastal Watershed Invasive Plant Partnership
NH Council of Telecom Pioneers
NH Locked Moose Antler Project
Northwood Country Market
Northwood Crank Pullers Snowmobile Club
Saddleback Mountain Lions Club
Strafford Regional Planning Commission
UNH Woodsmen Team
Dennis and Dolly Theriault
Coe Brown Academy Track Team members
Jeff and Laurie Lalish
Tom and Johanna Chase
Dr. George Newman
John Wimsatt and family
Please contact NALMC to purchase a DVD of Discovery Day, a DVD of Ed’s video tour or an autographed copy of Ed’s History and Remembrances of Northwood Meadows State Park. These are all unique items - first-hand looks at how the park came to be and its special features.