March 5, 2021

Welcome to the Newfound Connection
Each edition of the Newfound Lake Region Association newsletter features events, news, trivia, and the people of the watershed—everything a Newfounder needs to know!

Sweet, Sweet Conservation
March is Maple Sugaring Month! We’re celebrating with a look at the sweet side of conservation.

Large, healthy forests bring innumerable benefits to the communities around them. Lower taxes, clean air and water, and healthier people are some of the big ones, but there’s even more that sweetens the deal—maple syrup. All that amber-colored goodness is made possible when healthy forests are maintained and conserved, and along with the delicious product itself, maple products support sustainable agritourism for small-town economies.

Local family “backyard sugaring”. Photos: Heather Hack

Fast Facts
• Maple syrup is a specialty forest product, like Christmas trees, that both supports and benefits from the protection of forests and working lands.
• In New Hampshire, over 475 farms and 400,000+ taps produce over 71,000 gallons of maple syrup each year.
• Agritourism from activities like sugaring generates over $4 million of income for New Hampshire farmers.
• When managed responsibly, the same trees can be tapped for decades with no ill effects on the trees’ health.
• Timber harvesting and sugaring are compatible industries that can coexist on the same land, increasing the benefits of conserved working lands.
• Indigenous peoples have been sugaring in North America from time immemorial. Here’s a great Abenaki story of the origin of maple syrup.

Get a Taste!
Visit one of these local sugar houses.

Bucklin’s Sugar House

Robie’s Sugar House and Saw Mill

Walker’s Sugar House

For more NH Sugar Houses, visit NH Maple Producers Association’s full directory.

Learn More
Explore the history and process of sugaring with our partner, the Forest Society.

Maple Sugaring with Nigel Manley
March 25, 6-7pm
Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests

UPCOMING NLRA EVENTS

Full Moon Hike
March 28, 7:45pm
Online Event
Join Program Manager Andrew Veilleux on a full moon hike. Watch the moon rise over the expansive views of Newfound from the overlook of Little Sugarloaf. Two spots left! Registration is required and attendance is limited to ensure the safety of participants.
Register Here

The State of the Lake
March 25, 7pm
Online Event
Executive Director Rebecca Hanson and Program Manager Andrew Veilleux will talk about all the great work happening in the Newfound Watershed as well as water quality trends, invasive species, and watershed planning. Come with your questions for these lake experts!
Regester Here

Now Recruiting: 2021 Watershed Stewards

Watershed Stewards serve as an integral part of the NLRA team, furthering conservation efforts and expanding their knowledge of and experience in the field of conservation. Key contributions include:
• Collecting and analyzing water quality data to inform local conservation planning and initiatives.
• Interacting with the community and inspiring a sense of stewardship by sharing their passion and knowledge of conservation on social media, in written publications, at public events, and more.
• Leading educational programming for all ages.
• Restoring, maintaining, and acting as a welcoming presence at Grey Rocks Conservation Area.
• Working with NLRA’s Youth Conservation Corps to install erosion control landscape features to capture and filter pollutants before they cause water quality impairments.

Housing is provided, as well as an AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion!

Learn More

Apply Now

Where Does the Snow Go?
We’re approaching the start of warm days, muddy roads, and melting snow. The runoff from snowmelt enters our waterways, bringing with it whatever pollutants and contaminants may have sat on the snow. Here are some ways to reduce this source of pollution in our water:

• Sweep up and dispose of leftover sand and salt on your walkways and driveways.

• Minimize surfaces that contribute to runoff, like pavement and cement, by using porous alternatives.

• Reduce the size of your grass lawn, a major promoter of runoff pollution, and plant native plants instead to help soak up and filter runoff.

• Pick up pet poop, a source of harmful bacteria and nutrients.

• Check you vehicle for leaks and promptly clean up any spills.

 

Our recommendations to keep you entertained and informed about the world of conservation.

Watch: The Sugar Bug
This entertaining short documentary looks at the lives of sugar makers in Vermont as well as the history and ecology behind sugaring. Watch it here.

Read: Maple Syrup Cookbook: Over 100 Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
If you’ve only enjoyed syrup at the breakfast table, you are sorely missing out! Explore these recipes that give you an excuse to eat syrup all day long. Get it here.

Listen: Outside/In: The Forest for the Treesap.
The maple industry is changing. Dive into the many factors, from climate change to market conditions and new technology, that is transforming an industry that has looked much the same for hundreds of years. Listen here.

Do you have recommendations for conservation-themed entertainment? Send your favorite books, podcasts, movies, and more to info@newfoundlake.org.

Other Events Around The Watershed

Deep Freeze
January-March, weekends
Berea
68 Berea Road, Hebron, NH

Snowshoe Yoga
Weekends in March, 2-3:15pm
Slim Baker Area
301 New Chester Mountain Rd, Bristol, NH

Mother and Son Minute to Win it Game Night
March 5, 6-7:30pm
Tapply-Thompson Community Center
30 N Main St, Bristol, NH

Danbury Winter Market
March 6, 9am-1pm
Danbury Grange
15 N Road, Danbury, NH

Parent’s Night Out
March 13, 5-10pm
Tapply-Thompson Community Center
30 N Main St, Bristol, NH

Upcoming Virtual Events
We’re still compiling awesome online events from around the world!

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