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Conservation Commission
New London, New Hampshire 03257

Projects

  Low Plain Tree Farm - 2016

The Esther Currier Wildlife Management Area at Low Plain now has an American Tree Farm certification. The selective harvesting of trees on the western part of the property will be part of the Low Plain Stewardship Program plan.

The Low Plain is home to many species of birds and other wildlife, and the trail is known for being a great place to walk and to observe animals in their natural habitat. The Steward Program will help to improve the environment so wildlife can flurish and have their numbers increase.

Photo provided by Mike Gelcius

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  Power Line Trail project - 2016

The Town of New London, New London Hospital and Eversource have partnered to create a walking trail that will connect Newport Road, Parkside Road and the Lyon Brook Trail. The trail will run from Newport Road near the WNTK building, along the utility right-of-way towards Parkside Road. Before reaching Parkside, it will enter the woods and run parallel to Parkside and then connect to the existing Lyon Brook Trail. The resulting one-mile loop, with connections to the hospital parking lot and Outing Club will provide in-town opportunities for walkers, joggers and commuters. The trail will be constructed by the Conservation Commission with assistance from the Highway Department and will be completed in about one year.

Map provided by Mark Vernon

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  Philips Memorial Preserve benches - 2016

Follow the Philips Memorial Preserve trails to Otter Pond and take a seat to have a view of the picturesque shoreline. The benches were constructed by Bob Brown and installed by Mark vernon and Tom Coverdale of the New London Conservation Commission. In addition to the beautiful pond side section, the PMP trails include a quarry, a hill top view, and a selective timber harvest done in 2013. Take a hike and enjoy one of New London's gems.

Below are pictures of one of the new benches (left) and visitors (right) enjoying the view of Clark Pond.

Photos provided by Mark Vernon

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  Clark Pond kiosk - 2016

A new kiosk was installed near the beginning of the Clark Pond trail by New London Conservation Commission members Dan Allen and Mike Gelcius. This will be used to provide timely information and notices to visitors of the trail. Come out to the trail to see the new kiosk and spend time enjoying the many interesting and rare flower and vegetation specimens, which are indicated by markers along the trails.

Pictured below is the kiosk.

Photo provided by Mike Gelcius

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  Low Plain improvements - 2016

Spring clean-up and repair projects have been completed at the Esther Currier Wildlife Management Area at Low Plain. Brush and debris were cleaned up at the dam, boardwalks were repaired, the driveway and parking area were patched up, low hanging branches were cut down, and trash along Davis Path was collected and removed. These projects were completed by members of the Elkins Fish & Game Club and student volunteers from Newport High School.

Pictured below are (top left) EFGC member Jim Flanagan repairing a boardwalk and (top right) the repaired board, the dam area (bottom left) cleared of debris and flow blockage, and Newoprt High School students (bottom right) Nick Henault and Bjorn Stenberg repairing the Low Plain driveway .

Photos provided by Mike Gelcius

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  Philips Memorial Preserve improvements - 2016

Late last fall, the New London DPW did a nice job of mowing the Philips Memorial Preserve field, which was cleared of all the scrub brush. This spring, Scott Brown donated 100 native Hazelnut seedlings, which were purchased from the State Nursery in Boscawen. These seedlings will provide a good food source for various mammals as well as game and song birds in future years. The seedlings range in height from about 8" to 16" and are planted at about 10' intervals, out 3' - 4' from the stone walls at the field.

Below are pictures of the cleared field, and pictures of Scott Brown (left) and Bob Brown (right) doing the planting of the seedlings.

Photos provided by Bob Brown

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  Clark Pond Trail markers - 2016

The Clark Pond Trail has 10 new sign posts installed to mark the objects or areas of interest along the way. The location of each marker can be found on the Clark Pond Interpretive Trail map, found on this site. The markers were built by Bob Brown and installed by Dan Allen and Mark Vernon.

Below are pictured the markers and how they look at a few locations along the trail. These new markers will make it easier for hikers to identify and enjoy the trail's many interesting features.

Photos provided by Bob Brown

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  Mutt Mitt Dispensers - 2015

Mutt Mitt dispensers have been installed to help keep our trails clean and pleasant for everyone to use. They can be found at the following trail heads:
Clark Pond
Great Brook Trail at Lake Shore Drive
Kidder-Cleveland_Clough Trail at Pleasant Street
Lyon Brook Trail at Frothingham Road
Lyon Brook Trail at Parkside Road
Messer Pond Trail
Phillips Memorial Preserve
Pleasant Lake High Trail


Please use the bags from these dispensers to clean up after your dog when taking them on the trails, and be sure to bring your own bags when going out on our other trails.   Keeping our trails clean is everyone's responsibility.
Photos provided by Mark Vernon

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  Low Plain granite bench - 2015

Davis Path at the Low Plain Trail has been enhanced with the installation of a new granite bench, donated by Clare and Dean Bensley of New London. The bench is located at a shady spot located just before the bridge at the Beaver Pond dam, and provides a lovely spot to rest and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. The granite was harvested from Sunapee and has natural coloration that blends well with the surroundings.  

Below, left, is a picture of Brandon Stocker(left) and Matthew Sullivan, of Sunapee Graniteworks, installing the bench, and below, right, is a picture of Clare & Dean Bensley with their dog Noah.

Photos provided by Mike Gelcius

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  Kidder-Cleveland-Clough Trail Improvements - 2015

Following beaver mitigation in 2014 and this past spring, summer trail intern Tom Cloverdale and Commission member Mark Vernon have spearheaded significant upgrades to the Kidder-Cleveland_Clough Trail. This trail loops through a beautiful wetland and forest behind the old middle school and can also be accessed from Pleasant Street and Springledge Farm. Prior to the work, much of the trail had been under water. Now the trail is passable and enjoyable due to the installation of several bridges and boardwalks. The New London Conservation Commission has invested particularly in this trail because of its in-town location and the sanctuary it accesses.

Photos provided by Mark Vernon

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  New London Trail Connections Initiative - 2015

The Conservation Commission is continually working to improve and add to the many trails found in New London. Projects are ongoing to provide hikers with scenic and enjoyable trails.

Below are pictures of the connectors from the Outing Club to Lyon Brook Trail.
Walk to the game!
Photos provided by Mark Vernon

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  Wood Duck Box Maintenance - 2015

In cooperation with the New London Conservation Commission, the Ekins Fish and Game Club performed their annual maintenance on the Wood Duck boxes located on Beaver Pond at the Low Plain Trail, at Turtle Cove on Pleasant Lake, and at the marsh on the Kidder property near Mountain Road. The club tracks the usage from year to year and relocates boxes, when necessary, to maximize nesting and hatching out of birds. Out of a total of 27 boxes that were cleaned out and repacked with fresh wood shavings, 14 were found to be used this past season to hatch out Wood Ducks and Mergansers. 

Below, left, is a picture of Ron Evans (left) and Bill Boyce cleaning out a box, and below, right, is a picture of unhatched Merganser eggs (left) and an unhatched Wood Duck egg.
Photos provided by Mike Gelcius.

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  Water Level Projects - 2014

The trails at Low Plain and at Kidder-Cleveland-Clough were experiencing flooding problems.   The pipe at the Low Plain dam was no longer allowing the proper flow of water out of Beaver Pond.   Water was coming over the dam and causing flooding along the boardwalk near the dam bridge.   The beavers near the Kidder-Cleveland-Clough trail had blocked up the stream, causing a severe rise in water levels.  Major sections of the trail were under water and there were reports of basements being flooded in the area.   It was determined that the installation of a new flow pipe would be needed at Low Plain and that a water diversion system would be needed at Kidder-Cleveland-Clough.  The Conservation Commission hired Skip Lisle to install his Castor Master pipe systems at both locations.   The installation has allowed the water levels to return to their desired height, while preventing beavers from creating any more problems.
Photos provided by Mike Gelcius and Skip Lisle

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  Phillips Preserve Easement Completion - 2013

On October 23rd, Conservation Commission members, Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust representatives, representatives of the American Tree Farm System, residents and others celebrated the recent completion of the 71 acre Stephen Phillips Preserve Conservation Easement in June.  The property is owned by the Town of New London, managed by the Conservation Commission, and the conservation easement is held by Ausbon Sargent.  Public trails are available on the property and a recent timber cut on the property created a substantial view of Mt. Sunapee.  The property was selected as a Certified Tree Farm in the American Tree Farm System, a mark of distinction.
Photos provided by Peggy Hutter

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  Low Plain Upgrades - 2013

Conservation Member Mike Gelcius has organized and led an effort by members of the Elkins Fish & Game Club to accomplish several upgrades in the Low Plain area.  Among these projects was identification of rock types and new signage for the rock exhibit, clearing of the overgrown overlook area, and replacement and upgrade of the entrance kiosk.  The Elkins Fish & Game Club has contributed both volunteer time and the cost of materials for such projects as signage and observation blinds and wood duck boxes.  
Photos provided by Mike Gelcius

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  Low Plain Bridge Replacement - 2013

In September,  a bridge replacement at Low Plains required roughly 80 volunteer hours.  Several weeks in the planning, the old 3' x 18' bridge was replaced by a new 6' x 25' bridge, which is 50' in length when access ramps are included.  Mike Gelcius, Mark Vernon, Steve D'angeli, Bob Brown, Gerry Gold, Jeff Troxell, and Dave Hennig contributed to the volunteer effort.  New London's DPW provided assistance in placing the main bridge beams and Lavalley Building Supply assisted with special materials delivery arrangements.  
Photos provided by Gerry Gold

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  Phillips Preserve Improvements - 2013

In August, Bob Brown led a group of volunteers including 4 workers from Merrimack County DOC along with Mike Gelcius, Dave Hennig, Jeff Troxell, Dan Allen, and Steve D'Angeli in tydying up trails in the Preserve, as is typically necessary following a forestry project.  In Addition, a picnic table was placed at the Lake Sunapee overlook area, trails were re-blazed, and a new gate provided by the owner of the access right-of-way road off Goose Hole Road was installed.
Photos provided by Bob Brown.

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  Plastic Trail Blazes - 2013

Bob Brown developed an inexpensive means of turning large sheets of colored plastic into longer lasting and more eye catching trail blazes. These blazes are now appearing on more of the New London trails as they need to be re-blazed.
Photos provided by Bob Brown.

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  Bridge Replacement - 2013

Steve D'Angeli and Bob Brown replaced a very narrow bridge at the Pleasant Street trailhead of the Kidder - Cleveland - Clough trail with a 3 foot wide bridge with a handrail.
Photos provided by Bob Brown.

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  Beaver Pipe Repair - 2013

A beaver pipe intended to maintain water flow at the Low Plains beaver dam had worked its way out of proper position over time. A work party consisting of Jeff Troxell, Scott Brown, Mike Gelcius, Bob Brown, Dan Allen, and Steve D'Angeli re-positioned the beaver pipe in July.
Photos provided by Bob Brown.

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  Sign Replacement and Upgrades - 2013

Sign maintenance on an extensive trail system is a constant challenge. This spring, Conservation Commission Chair, Bob Brown, replaced and upgraded signage in many areas. Below are some examples of new signs for the Kidder - Cleveland - Clough trail and new signage at the Morgan Hill trailhead.  Photos provided by Bob Brown.

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  New Picnic Tables - 2013

Conservation Commission Chair, Bob Brown, put his workshop to good use in making two picnic tables. One is located at the end of the Messer Pond Trail overlooking the pond. The other is located on the Allen trail at the Clark Pond Trails. Additional thanks to Michael Todd who used his snow machine to transport the tables. Photos provided by Bob Brown.

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  Wood Duck Boxes / Elkins Fish and Game - 2013

In cooperation with the New London Conservation Commission, the Elkins Fish and Game Club evaluated and cleaned 14 wood duck boxes in the Low Plain area.  Boxes that were found to be still serviceable were repaired as needed and some boxes were replaced with new ones. Elkins Fish and Game Club has graciously offered to monitor and maintain these wood duck boxes.  Photos provided by Elkins Fish and Game Club.

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  Philips Memorial Preserve Forestry Project - 2013

The thinning and harvesting performed in the Philips Memorial Preserve in the winter of 2013 is a good example of a planned forest management project.  The Commission's planned thinning and harvesting in a well defined portion of the Philips Memorial Preserve accomplished a number of objectives.  It will improve the overall health of an aging section of forest, enhance recreational access, and benefit wildlife habitat.  One can view this well managed and executed forestry project by hiking the Philips Memorial Preserve TrailPhotos by Bob Brown

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