Dinner with David Kittredge, July 21, 2010
Camp Wah-Tut-Ca, Northwood
NALMC hosted a complimentary buffet-style dinner at Camp Wah-Tut-Ca with guest speaker David Kittredge, Professor and Extension Forester at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 38 NALMC enthusiasts, interested newcomers and a few of Professor Kittredge’s students enjoyed a delicious meal and took part in some great discussions about future roles of NALMC within the larger community.
An email from David Kittredge:
“What a wonderful event you organized! Thank you very much for inviting me to come. It was exhilarating to be involved in a gathering with such spirit and motivation. NALMC lives!
It was nice of you to welcome my students too. They were quite excited and impressed.
I excitedly told Paul Catanzaro all about the NALMC mtg., and shared the images of the famous kiosk!
You have a great thing going there. Don’t worry about the details of the state, management plans, or any of that other stuff. Did you notice how that never came up in the conversation last night? My sense is that nobody really cares that much. Instead, focus on unique and innovative ways to gather people, draw them together, exchange information, and be supportive. That’s what I heard people saying last night! Indeed, becoming too “close” to state organizations or trying to wedge landowners into some state master plan I fear would be counterproductive.
Thanks again and congratulations!
Invasive Species Discovery and Eradication Day, October 23, 2010
Northwood Town Hall and Northwood Meadows State Park
On October 23, 2010, the Northwood Area Land Management Collaborative (NALMC), Northwood Conservation Commission and the Friends of Northwood Meadows State Park hosted a workshop and workday on invasive plants species eradication and control.
The event was kicked off by Dr. Tom Lee, UNH Associate Professor of Forest Ecology who gave a fascinating presentation on why and how invasive plants are so troublesome. Twenty volunteers ranging in age from 7 to 70, then removed invasive Barberry and Burning Bush from the Town Hall, along with several large Honeysuckle shrubs from the parking area and entrance to the State park.
Bryan Comeau, Forester with NH Division of Forests and Lands, led the eradication efforts, donning his protective gear and hoisting his chainsaw. Kyle Lombard (NH Division of Forests and Lands) and Prescott Towle, both licensed pesticide applicators, applied chemical treatment to stumps, and Jeff McLeod of the Northwood Crank Pullers Snowmobile Club performed mechanical cutting.
This event begins a long-term invasive species control program. The ultimate goal of the program is to make the 4,000 acres of unfragmented habitat within the NALMC neighborhood into an invasive free zone.