Over the past 10 years, NALMC has been actively involved in community outreach and events, including guided walks, a bench building workshop, organized talks & lectures, maple sugaring get together, potluck dinners, and so much more. Check out our past and present events at the links below.
NALMC in the Community:
Additional lands conserved. After learning about the valuable resources on their property and in the neighborhood, eight landowners decided to conserve their land through easements adding 619 acres of permanently conserved lands to the NALMC neighborhood. In addition, the Northwood Conservation Commission invested $354,000 to conserve land in the NALMC Neighborhood.
Old Mountain Road and the Lamprey River restored. The relationships built through NALMC, and information in the ecological assessment, helped support the local snowmobile club’s efforts to restore Old Mountain Road and build a bridge over the Lamprey River. The road and riverbed experienced significant erosion from years of abuse by 4WD trucks, which lead to the degradation of adjacent wetlands and streams and made it nearly impassable by snowmobiles during the winter. The Crankpullers snowmobile club restored the road, improved stream crossings, and built a bridge over the Lamprey River that will allow for forest management and snowmobile access without having a negative impact on the river and streams. Funding and other assistance was provided by NH Fish & Game, the Department of Resources & Economic Development, and private contributions.
Northwood Meadows State Park Discovery Day, launched July 2009. This event was the first of its kind and attracted 350-400 people. Visitors learned about the history of the park as well as local collaboration efforts currently underway.
- NALMC partnered with NH Fish & Game, NH Department of Resources and Economic Development, University of NH, Town of Northwood, Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, Northwood Crankpullers (snowmobile club), Lions Club, NH Department of Environmental Services, and Project Learning Tree among others. We gathered to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Northwood Meadows State Park and Ed Burtt, the creator of the park. This event gave NALMC the chance to highlight the value of collaboration between neighbors, both public and private.
- A Governors Proclamation was issued declaring July 11, 2009 to be Northwood Meadows Discovery Day.
The Friends of Northwood Meadows State Park was formed. Discovery Day, and the relationships developed through NALMC, helped influence the forming of this friend’s groups. Prior to its formation, there was little coordination and collaboration among the many groups that created and maintained trails or assisted NH DRED with other park improvements.
A five-mile hiking trail was established. With help from the boy scouts, NALMC created this expansive trail through the NALMC neighborhood. An informational kiosk marks the trail, which starts at Harmony Hill Farm (now Short Creek Farm) and loops through Northwood Meadows State Park. The kiosk greets you with: Welcome…You are entering the NALMC neighborhood.
Leopold Benches built and dispersed throughout Northwood. NALMC coordinated a Leopold Benches volunteer building workshop in 2012. NALMC, along with the Friends of Northwood Meadows State Park and other volunteers, built the benches using community based products and were placed along the foot paths in the park, at the town hall, library, and community hall.
- As a result of this workshop, the Northwood Fire Department used trees on town property to get lumber for the expansion of the fire station and invited the High School shop class to build the shelves and cabinets with the local wood.
Numerous events hosted over the past 10 years. Our outreach continues to build strong bonds between NALMC neighbors and others, and encourage collaboration. Events have included potluck dinners, workshops, Aldo Leopold Day, screenings, plant workshops and more. Consistent community outreach ensures that NALMC remains a household name.
- From a workshop on invasive plants, a teacher at Northwood Elementary School was inspired to change her current curriculum to include a focus on natural resources, and involve her students in this important topic.
Started the Acidotic Racing Series. A member of the local community approached the Steering Committee about a 5K road race event to help raise funds for NALMC’s cause as well as offer more opportunities for outreach. The event, which is in its fourth year for 2016, has raised between $1,000 – $1,200 every year and has reached thousands of people throughout NH with NALMC’s message.