Everyone is invited to the second annual community potluck for updates and input into the Cooley-Jericho Community Forest.
The potluck is at the Sugar Hill Town Hall on Saturday, Nov. 8 starting at 5:30 pm. Please bring a covered dish and BYOB.
The Community Forest was created one year ago when ACT purchased 840 acres in the town of Easton on behalf of Easton, Franconia. Landaff, and Sugar Hill. All four towns contributed to the purchase and each town has representatives on the CJCF management team.
All last winter and through this spring, summer, and fall, volunteers, consultants, and ACT staff have been doing field research on the land’s natural resources and also on its cultural history. Winter wildlife tracking, game cameras, and spring bird surveys revealed species that are using the forest for shelter, breeding, and raising their young.
Natural communities, forest types, and sensitive plant species have been mapped. Mountain bikers and backcountry skiers have plotted out potential routes. The management team is taking all this data and devising trail alternatives according to goals for the forest’s use by people and wildlife.
At the potluck management team members will present short summaries of this work, show the maps, and show photos of the wildlife that has been caught on the game cameras.
The Cooley-Jericho Community Forest is locally controlled, community owned, and conserved forever. It is a community project of ACT.