ACT Hosts Nature Walk August 30th – Bethlehem

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 17, 2017

Contact: Gal Potashnick, Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust, (603) 823-7777

 ACT Wraps Up Summer Walks at Wedick Nature Reserve August 30th

BETHLEHEM – Join the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust (ACT) to walk a beautiful and ecologically diverse conservation property in Bethlehem open to the public for ACT’s final summer nature walk.

The walk on the John P. & Jean L. Wedick Nature Reserve on Wing Roadwill have both a forest and geologic theme. The nature walk will be led by ACT volunteer Bill Vales, and will focus on the geologic history of the property and how our landscape has been shaped by glaciers. We’ll also explore the diversity of flora and fauna special to this nature reserve.

This is the fifth and final nature walk in a series of five this summer on local lands conserved by ACT. Spaces are limited and so pre-registration is required via the ACT website or by calling the office at (603) 823-7777. The group will meet in the parking lot of ACT’s Franconia offices in the Plain Kate’s building, 729 Main St, for sign ins and will carpool to the property from there. ACT Executive Director Rebecca Brown and Outreach and Member Services Director Gal Potashnick will also help lead the hike.

The Wedick Nature Reserve includes a mile along the Ammonoosuc River. Through their conservation easement, the Wedicks have ensured that this part of their land will be open for public access – forever. The rest of the 120-acre property is not ordinarily open for public access, but over the years the Wedicks have offered it as a site for geological education field trips. The property is unusually diverse; it includes mixed northern forest, early successional forest, a pond, wetlands, and a gravel pit that was once the bottom of an ancient glacial lake. This pit, once operated by Mr. Wedick and now closed, offers unmistakable evidence of our region’s geological past. The abundance of glacial material on the property offers habitat for unusual plants and wildlife.

The walk on this special property is Wednesday, August 30th from 3 -6 p.m.  The public is invited to join us for some fun and learning outdoors.

This event is free; a $5 suggested donation is welcomed and very much appreciated. This is not a long walk (no more than a mile) loop and is quite flat with some gently graded terrain. Participants should be aware that we will be mostly in the open and not well shaded; please come prepared wearing hats and armed with sunscreen. The group will move at an easy pace with many stops to observe and enjoy nature.

Recommended gear includes comfortable clothing for being outdoors in warm weather, boots or sneakers that can get dirty, a hat, sunscreen, bug spray, snacks, and a water bottle.  Nature guidebooks and binoculars are optional for those who want to learn and see more.

If you are interested in volunteering to co-lead an ACT hike, or help interpret plants, wildlife, or geology, please contact ACT at (603) 823-7777.

The Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust is the North Country’s regional lands conservancy, protecting land for the vitality and well-being of our region.  Learn more and become a member at www.aconservationtrust.org or call (603) 823-7777.

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Wedick Nature Reserve Nature Walk, Wednesday, August 30, 3:00-6:00 p.m.  Meet at the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust office, 729 Main Street, Franconia. Find more information and register at www.aconservationtrust.org/education-events or call (603) 823-7777. Free to members, and open to the public, kids encouraged to join. $5 donations are welcome and appreciate.  Hosted by ACT.

 

 

 

 

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