Join us in partnership with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests at the Lakes Region Conservation Trust’s 600-acre Homestead Forest, which protects historic homesteads and farmland once active in the mid-1800’s as well as rugged, unforgiving hillsides. In 1999, the generous donation of the conservation easement to the Forest Society and the underlying property to the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) ensured that the land would remain in perpetuity as open space. Today, the property hosts a network of trails that wind through woodlands, around rocky outcroppings, along streams, and to vistas that overlook local hillsides.
Before heading out on our hike, we will briefly explain the basis of a conservation easement and the Forest Society’s role as the conservation easement holder for the Homestead Forest in addition to over 700 other properties throughout the state. As we hike along trails underneath the canopy of a mature forest, we will slow down to consider LRCT’s land management and stewardship practices.
Our hike will take us through forestland over approximately 2 miles of undulating topography and uneven ground. We will explore old roadbeds and narrow, wooded paths. Along the way, we will witness remnants of an old homestead, speculate on the change in land use over the centuries, and discover many notable natural features.
Please RSVP below to receive detailed directions via email. This event is part of the Forest Society’s Conservation Easement Excursion Series, which offers landowner-guided tours of Forest Society conservation easements to explore lands with outstanding conservation values, learn about exemplary stewardship practices, and discover why landowners choose to protect their land with conservation easements. The 2017 Easement Excursions Series is funded by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
Please bring lots of water, snacks/lunch, and wear sturdy hiking shoes.
Please RSVP with the Forest Society below to receive detailed directions via email.