JULY 19, 2020
The Southeast Land Trust (SELT), in collaboration with Merrymeeting Lake Association and Moose Mountain Regional Greenways, has acquired the Birch Ridge Community Forest in New Durham, NH (which is in Strafford County). They are currently in the process of finalizing their management plan, and they are soliciting public input.
Attached here is the .pdf summary of their proposed management plan. If you look to their three year vision, exploring equestrian trail opportunities is slated for 2022 (currently, the land is recovering from a 2019 logging project). They are open to equestrians riding these trails but are looking for leadership and help from the equestrian community.
Additionally, SELT will be adding an additional ~640 acres of property to the forest in April 2021. There are already 13+ miles of trails on this land, which includes equestrian trails.
This represents one of the MOST EXCITING opportunities we have had to gain new, protected access to a network of equestrian trails in our county in quite some time; think of access such as we enjoy at Northwood Meadows. Further, the Steering Committee is interested in hearing our feedback.
Let’s show them that the equestrian trail community in Strafford County is INTERESTED, EXCITED and SUPPORTIVE of this opportunity!
Here what you can do RIGHT NOW:
1) Participate in SELT’s Community Listening Session THIS WEDNESDAY, July 22, from 6-7:30 on Zoom. They will be accepting public comment at this time, or you can simply listen to learn more. The session will be recorded. To sign up (free), click here.
2) Review the summary of the plan (linked above), or for a more in depth look, you can read the full plan here.
3) Prepare to offer written comments to the BRCF Steering Committee by Wednesday, July 29 showing your support for and interest in developing equestrian trail access. Written comments can be sent via email to BRCF@seltnh.org. SCETR will be preparing a template that you can use.
I hope that each one of you can take a few minutes to be involved in this process, and perhaps reach out to other equestrians that would support this effort.
Thanks, as always, for your interest and participation!
APRIL 12, 2020
New Hampshire Rail Trail Economic Impact Study
EQUESTRIANS: Please complete this survey by Wed April 15 regarding your use of NH Rail Trails! This is also an opportunity to talk about trailer parking needs.The State of New Hampshire owns almost 500 miles of rail trails, which are an asset to the State’s growing recreation and nature based economy. We are surveying trail users to learn how trail use impacts our local economy. This work is being done in partnership with the University of New Hampshire’s Cooperative Extension and New Hampshire Department of Transportation.Survey link: https://unh.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4Sm8KNR1qdKPY9v
Also please see minutes on https://www.nh.gov/dot/org/aerorailtransit/railandtransit/
We have also received the following notice regarding visiting Maudsley State Park in Massachusetts:
“As of today we are closing the field area to all parking, due to the health crisis. The main lot will remain open and horse trailer parking will be limited there. Equestrians are encouraged to come earlier in the day when parking is light.
APRIL 4, 2020
New Hampshire State Park Updates– COVID-19
The following information is subject to change based on the COVID-19 status statewide, the Nottingham Police & the local town authorities.
You can check link https://www.nhstateparks.org/covid-19
All State Beaches are CLOSED. Do not violate the barriers to park in the South Lot. Violations can carry a heavy fine.
1. Reservation Rd: Open Mon-Thurs – ONLY
Parking on the North side of the road ONLY. South side is now posted No Parking. 1st offense will receive a ticket and possibly a fine. The Nottingham Police have the right to tow vehicles if they are inclined to do so.
2. Boat Ramp (Fundy Rd) and Round Pond Road off Deerfield Rd in Nottingham: Open: Mon-Thurs – ONLY3. No parking along Deerfield Rd in Nottingham4. Fri-Sun: EquestriansMain Entrance off Rt 156 to Pawtuckaway SP will allow HT parking.Download a Map onto your smart phone and gps your trip to return to the parking lot. From the Main Entrance: Ride out on the paved road to : Mountain Trail on your LEFT. Eventually this trail Splits. Keep Left you will come to barway 3 on Reservation Rd. Keep Right you will eventually reach Tower Rd.
Trails NOT Recommended for Horses are: Fundy (2 slippery bridges), Woronoco, Shaw, South Ridge,Boulder & Split Rock. If you own a mustang or mule you may be able to navigate these trails.
This park is OPEN: M-F parking is in the Hiker /Biker Lot.Sat & Sun: Podunk Rd barway will be opened to allow HT access to Hayes Field