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30 ways to celebrate conservation

  • Paddle or fish along one of the five rivers. —Courtesy of Ruth Smith

  • Paddle or fish along the five rivers. —Courtesy of Chris Carley

  • Go on a hike. —Courtesy of Chris Carley

  • Grab some ice cream at Granite State Candy Shoppe. Courtesy of Beth McGuinn



For the Monitor
Friday, August 03, 2018

Land Conservation increases quality of life in so many ways: from the arts to local food, outdoor activities, clean water and air, and abundant tails, trees and wildlife, conserved lands make the Capital area a special place to live, work and play.

This summer and fall, challenge yourself to do some or all of these activities related to Five Rivers Conservation Trust, to celebrate 30 years of local land conservation. If you document your activities and submit them by Nov. 10, Five Rivers Conservation Trust will give a 30th anniversary hat to the person who completes the most activities.

Visit conserved farms and purchase local products

1. Visit Dimond Hill Farm in Concord and buy locally-grown produce

2. Visit Carter Hill Farm in Concord and pick blueberries or apples

3. Visit Bean Hill Farm in Northfield and pick berries

4. Buy Contoocook Creamery dairy products, raised on Bohanan Farm, in Contoocook

5. Buy ice cream at Granite State Candy Shoppe – it’s made from Contoocook Creamery milk

Take in a scenic vista

6. Visit Frisky Hill, Route 107 in Gilmanton, to see the fantastic view of the Belknap Mountains

7. Hike Winant Park in Concord and take in the view of the N.H. State House

8. Hike Swope Park in Concord and see the view of Penacook Lake

9. Visit Stone Farm in Dunbarton and have your picture taken at the geographic center of New England

Paddle on or fish the five rivers

10. Merrimack River

11. Contoocook River

12. Warner River

13. Blackwater River

14. Soucook River

Renew your spirit

15. Walk the labyrinth at Dimond Hill Farm

16. Sit silently on any of these conserved properties, and listen for 30 minutes

Hike the trails on and between conserved lands

17. Walk the seven-mile West End Farm trail, from Carter Hill Orchard to N.H. Audubon

18. Walk the trails at Bohanan Farm, Contoocook

19. Walk the trails at the Sweatt Property, Hopkinton

20. Walk the trails at the Ransmeier property, Hopkinton

21. Hike from Carter Hill Farm to Winant Park, Concord

Experience history

22. Drive or bike by the Stickney Road farms in Concord and enjoy this historic agricultural neighborhood

23. Visit the John Winant Statue outside the N.H. State Library in downtown Concord

24. Attend Old Ways Days in Canterbury (third weekend in October), and walk the Emerson property trails

Be patriotic

25. Look for our national symbol, the bald eagle, on the Merrimack River

Paint, draw, sculpt or photograph

26. One of Five Rivers’ conserved landscapes

27. A plant or animal you saw on one of Five Rivers’ conserved properties

Get to know Five Rivers Conservation Trust

28. Like Five Rivers’ Facebook Page.

29. Attend a Five Rivers event

30. Join Five Rivers, or give a gift membership to conserve more local land

Five Rivers Conservation Trust is a nonprofit membership supported organization that works with communities and landowners to protect land with important conservation values. The goal of the trust is to ensure that future generations can experience, utilize and benefit from the farms, forests, wetlands, and fields that characterize much of the landscape today. The organization works in 17 communities in the greater Capital region of New Hampshire and has conserved 73 properties, totaling more than 4,600 acres. Founded in 1988 as the Concord Conservation Trust, Five Rivers is celebrating its 30th anniversary. For more information, visit 5rct.org.