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SLA to Host Native Tree ID at East Rattlesnake Mountain
December 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) on Saturday, December 15th, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM for an opportunity to learn about some of New Hampshire’s native tree species. Participants will join Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) AmeriCorps members, Alex Reiber and Sydney Kahl, as we discuss tree anatomy and techniques to identify several native species. Following a short discussion at the trail head on Pinehurst Road, the group will hike up East Rattlesnake, paying careful attention to the trees surrounding them along the way. Through mindful observation, participants will cultivate appreciation for the natural resources of the Squam Lakes Region. All ages are welcome!
The ecological role that trees play in forested areas is crucial. They provide habitat, food, serve as sinks for carbon dioxide, and help to prevent soil erosion. Tree identification is a fun activity that helps one to develop a sense of connection with this fascinating flora. Leaves are commonly used to identify trees, but during the winter months when many trees shed their leaves, identification can become a bit tricky. During this time of year other techniques can be incorporated, such as observing the bark, buds, and organization of twigs.
Although the hike up East Rattlesnake is short (0.8 miles round trip), there are some steep sections of the trail. Due to the time of the year, participants are encouraged to dress in layers, bring snacks and water, and wear snowshoes or micro spikes. Snowshoes can be provided for up to six participants.
For more information, or to sign up for this Adventure Ecology program, visit the SLA website (squamlakes.org) or contact the SLA directly (603-968-7336). The SLA also offers other Adventure Ecology programs throughout the year. These free programs are open to the public and cover a variety of nature and conservation related topics. The Adventure Ecology programs are presented by the LRCC AmeriCorps members at the SLA who perform important conservation work in support of the Association’s mission.
The Squam Lakes Association is dedicated to conserving for public benefit the natural beauty, peaceful character and resources of the watershed. In collaboration with local and state partners the SLA promotes the protection, careful use and shared enjoyment of the lakes, mountains, forests, open spaces and wildlife of the Squam Lakes Region.