Published: 7/26/2022 8:03:10 AM
Modified: 7/26/2022 8:00:04 AM
Over the past several weeks, volunteers of all ages, including campers from Audubon’s Wildwood Camp, worked to clear an area for a future parking area at the Mattabeseck Wildlife Corridor conservation land in Rindge.
According to a statement from the Conservation Commission, in addition to more than 40 Wildwood campers and staff, commission members and Conservation Corps members cleared the parking area and a trail to another major trail that traverses the property. Areas of heavy brush were cleared, chipped or placed in piles for later chipping, and volunteers spent two days to open the Mattabeseck section and make it ready for heavy equipment to level the area.
“I was surprised by how hard the campers and team members worked and how quickly the job was completed,” Conservation Commission member Al Lefebvre stated. “We on the commission are very grateful for the time and effort of everyone who helped. We would not have been able to get this done as quickly without the assistance of all these committed friends.”
The commission selected the Abenaki word Mattabeseck, meaning “land between the waters,” as the name for the corridor. The property sits at the watershed divide between the Contoocook and Millers rivers. “Wildlife corridor” was added to recognize the unfragmented connection for wildlife movement between Converse Meadow, Annett State Forest, and Audubon’s Wildwood Camp, all of which are conserved areas.
The Conservation Commission closed on the purchase of the 228-acre parcel of land in May with donations from more than 50 residents and grants awarded by the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), New Hampshire Moose Plates and the New Hampshire Drinking Water and Ground Water Trust Fund, private foundations the Hunt Foundation, Davis Foundations and Fields Pond and a significant anonymous donation.
The Rindge Conservation Commission monitors and protects wetlands, lakeshores, watersheds and other natural resources within the town. Hikes, workdays and events are held regularly to involve and educate the public about conservation areas and benefits of preserving land for the future. Town-owned conservation lands are open year-round to the public for outdoor recreation.
For information about commission events or to volunteer, send email to the Rindge Conservation Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org.