Blog : Trails Grand Opening Celebration on July 25th

By John | Jul 13, 2015 | in

As part of an initiative to expand public access on their lands, the Southeast Land Trust of NH (known as SELT) recently completed an extensive trails project at the 589-acre Tucker & French Family Forest in Kingston and Danville. Two parking areas, eight bridges, and more than five miles of interior trails have been created by SELT staff and dozens of volunteers over the last two years. Funding was made possible by way of a $30,000 grant from the NH Recreation Trails Program, a program of the Federal Highway Administration though the NH Bureau of Trails.

On Saturday, July 25th at 9am SELT is celebrating the official opening of this trail network to the public, and acknowledging the partners and volunteers who helped make this project a reality. Trailhead kiosks have been installed at three access points and a recently completed trail map and guide will be freely available to the public. There will be a short presentation at 9:00am followed by guided walks of the trails. To attend, please sign up by noon on Friday, July 24th by emailing register@seltnh.org.

The Tucker & French Family Forest features a diverse mix of upland forests, shrub lands, and wetlands that are being managed by SELT for wildlife habitat, forest products, and passive recreation opportunities. The property also includes more than two and a half miles of shoreline on the Little River and a number of historically significant sites. The Tucker & French Family Forest is owned by SELT subject to conservation restrictions held by the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Directions to the Tucker & French Family Forest in Kingston: The Route 107 access gate is about 1.2 miles west and north of Route 125, just after crossing the Little River. If coming south on Route 107, the gate is on the right side just after the second Thorne Road intersection (Thorne Road is a loop road).

SELT is a member-supported nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect and sustain the significant lands in our communities for clean water, fresh food, outdoor recreation, healthy forests, and wildlife. Since 1980, SELT has served 52 communities of southeastern New Hampshire to conserve more than 13,400 acres of land through conservation agreements and ownerships. SELT is accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. For more information, visit www.seltnh.org or call 603-778-6088.

SELT often works in conjunction with the Green Alliance, a union of over 100 green businesses throughout New Hampshire, southern Maine, and northern Massachusetts. The GA aims to promote sustainable, environmentally friendly business practices with all of its members. Not a member? Join here.