Community Forest Hike Feb. 7

Winter is a great time to explore the Cooley-Jericho Community Forest! Everyone is invited to a hike on Saturday, Feb. 7 from  1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

The hike will start from the end of Jim Noyes Hill Road in Landaff. Park along the road, but carpool if possible as parking is limited. If you want to walk in from the Sugar Hill side, park at the end of Dyke Road, follow the Class VI road and meet up at the big log landing by 2 p.m.

The hike will be led by ACT board member and naturalist Steve Sabre and Executive Director Rebecca Brown.

We've seen a lot of bobcat tracks this winter.

We’ve seen a lot of bobcat tracks this winter.

Depending on snow conditions, bring your snowshoes, XC skis, camera, kids, and dogs – and dress warm! Be prepared for a steady but not difficult uphill walk (though it could be icy in some places).

Moose and deer abound on this land, and we may get lucky and find tracks of bobcat and fisher, and we will be on the lookout for the elusive American marten. If we are exceptionally lucky we may find the track of a lynx.

For more information, contact Outreach Coordinator Lianna Lee at  603-823-7777, e-mail


Stewardship Team Meetings

Stewardship Team Meetings

EASTON – This series of meetings is designed to help educate our Stewardship Team about the ecosystem management units and wildlife management in the Community Forest. All meetings are being led by our consulting ecologist, Jesse Mohr of Native Geographic. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Forest is welcome to attend. More information is here.

Where: Easton Town Hall

When: January 28th from 5:30-7:30

Documents to Read: Mohr has provided us with a few pages of reading that will make it easier to understand the different management unites that exist within the Forest. Please click the links below to view the PDF files.

CJCF Compartment NotesDevelopment Stage

This is a link to a photo guide of NH’s natural communities.  If you have the chance, take a look at a few of the descriptions and photos.  Northern Hardwood-spruce-fir forest, high elevation spruce-fir forest, lowland spruce-fir forest, red spruce swamp, northern hardwood seepage forest, and sugar maple-beech-yellow birch forest are the more widespread communities in the CJCF.

MapEcosystem Management Units


ACT Member Appreciation Event at Schilling Beer

Join us for an evening to remember at Schilling Beer.

A Night Out for ACT Members  
Come enjoy a festive holiday evening after work with great beer, delicious food, time to catch up with friends old and new.
When: Thursday, December 18th from 5-7 PM
Where: Schilling Beer, Mill Street, Littleton NH
Why: Because we want to thank you our members and friends for being part of the ACT family. You find the time to volunteer, support ACT’s projects, and wish us well. Now we’d like to say thank you, for everything you do.
Cost is FREE with cash bar available. Refreshments of brick oven pizza, and other delicious food will be available.

Sugar Hill Days 2015 Calendar


We’re delighted to offer a wonderful gift for the holidays – a 2015 Sugar Hill Days calendar by long-time ACT member Carl Martland.  For nearly 15 years Carl has been taking pictures and recording details of life in his “back 40″ in Sugar Hill. With a keen eye he’s kept track of all sorts of birds, insects, mammals, and amphibians in the forest, fields, and pond. His calendar features his photos and notes on what is happening on particular days though the seasons.

This is a great gift or calendar for your own use. You can pick one up at the ACT office for $18 or we’ll mail one for $19.50. Call us at 823-7777 or e-mail Lianna at Hurry – supplies are very limited!

February: Flocks of turkeys can be seen parading across the meadows.

February: Flocks of turkeys can be seen parading across the meadows.

June: Bunchberry dogwood, trillium, star flowers, and lady slippers brighten the sides of the trails in Foss Woods and the Lower 40.

June: Bunchberry dogwood, trillium, star flowers, and lady slippers brighten the sides of the trails in Foss Woods and the Lower 40.

Bird contemplates a pond during April.

Bird contemplates a pond during April.

December: Time to hunker down for the winter, but also time to once again revel in the beauty of the snow-filled woods.

December: Time to hunker down for the winter, but also time to once again revel in the beauty of the snow-filled woods.

July 20: 2014: I was standing still listening to distant birds singing in the Lower 40 when a hermit thrush suddenly flew out, exposing four blue eggs un her nest, which was hidden under weeds next to the trail.

July 20: 2014: I was standing still listening to distant birds singing in the Lower 40 when a hermit thrush suddenly flew out, exposing four blue eggs un her nest, which was hidden under weeds next to the trail.


Cooley-Jericho Community Potluck Nov. 8

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.

Forest Service Hike

Hikers on the Forest

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.


Come to the Wild & Scenic Film Festival!

We’re excited to host an evening of great adventure and inspirational films! It’s the 2014 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, a national touring event. It’s at the Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem, Saturday, Oct. 11, doors open at 6 and the films start at 7. Buy tickets on-line at

The Film Festival is in support of our Clean Water/Healthy Trout project, and is a membership growing event for ACT.  ACT_2014WSFFtour

We’ve chosen 17 great films of  great variety – from snowboarders on Denali to steelhead fishing, from portraits of young activists making a big difference in their communities to a kayak adventure you have to see to believe.

In the lobby before and after the films and during intermission, there will be fun and informative displays and information on our work protecting and restoring streams for clean water and wild brook trout. Our partners NH Fish & Game, Plymouth State University Center for Rural Partnerships, and Trout Unlimited will be there with lots of good materials – and real trout and aquatic insects. Food and wine/beer, door prizes, raffle, and great for the entire family!







Clean Water/Healthy Trout: Join Us June 13

Eastern brook trout, our native fish, and are an iconic symbol of New England. What’s good for brook trout is also good for people and for all sorts of wildlife. We all need clean water, and that means healthy streams. 

Volunteers help capture fish for quick study.

Volunteers help capture fish for quick study.

Bring the whole family to kick off a creative new approach to conserving and restoring brook trout habitat.this Friday, June 13, at the Dow Field in Franconia. NH Fish & Game bologists, volunteers from Trout Unlimited, ACT, and Plymouth State University are offering all sorts of activites for centered on trout, fishing, and streams. Plus, great food, and the Wicked Smart Horn Band. And it’s free admission!

3 p.m. – 6 p.m. workshops, demonstrations, crafts. Fly and spin casting workshops, capture fish and insects in the Gale River, aquatic insect identification, learn to tie a fly that looks like the real insect; crafts for kids: make your own trout, create your own acquatic creatures, and more! 

4 p.m. Spawning Run! Obstacle course. 

5 p.m. Food catered by Wendel’s (for purchase), baked goods by trout volunteers support the project. 

7:30 – 9:30 Wicked Smart Horn Band

It’s all part of the celebration of 55 years of tri-town recreation. 

Read more about our new initiative, Clean Water Healthy Trout. Better yet, contact us ( to help out this summer as we take the project into the field. Volunteers are needed and welcome!


Bugs, Birds, and Butterflies Discovery Walk Saturday

Calling Kids of Any Age! 

What crawls, creeps, and flies through our fields? Come find out by exploring with the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust this Saturday, June 7 at 2 p.m. at the Whipple Field Conservation Area on Route 117 in Sugar Hill, next to Polly’s Pancakes.

This event with ACT naturalist Steve Sabre will be especially fun for kids and (grand)parents, but anyone of every age is invited. We will be looking closely at insects and watching for resident birds on this historic farm field and its adjacent marsh.

If you have binoculars, a magnifying glass, or a butterfly net, please bring them. Remember your bug dope, too!

As a special incentive, kids participating in this Bug, Birds, and Butterflies Discovery Walk will receive a discount coupon for their family to Polly’s!

Parking is in the Polly’s lot. For more information, stop by the ACT table Saturday at the Lupine Festival on the lawn of the Sugar Hill town offices, or call Steve Sabre at 823-5942.


Lisbon students help restore Ammonoosuc River

Students from Lisbon Regional School helped us tremendously by planting 1500 (!) willow, dogwood, and elderberry stakes along the banks of the Ammonoosuc River. Our goal is to stabilize the riverbank and decrease erosion by revegetating the bank and the floodplain.

This work is on a new property we’ve just acquired between Route 302 and the river. We are calling it the Ammonoosuc River Wildlife Management Area.



Hard work!

Hard work!


We hope the willows will grow this tall.

We hope the willows will grow this tall.


Members of Lisbon's National Honor Society, leadership program, and PAWS (Panther Adventure Wilderness Society) all helped out.

Members of Lisbon’s National Honor Society, leadership program, and PAWS (Panther Adventure Wilderness Society) all helped out.


Birds, Breakfast, and Hike Sunday

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Please join us this Sunday (May 25) of Memorial Day weekend for an early morning bird walk and special breakfast, or after lunch for our monthly Last Sunday hike.

ACT and the Adair Country Inn just off  Route 302 in Bethlehem on Guider Laneare offering a great event for birders of all ages and experience. Everyone is invited to do a bird walk with expert birders through the grounds of the inn, and then enjoy Adair’s sumptuous breakfast, including their famous popovers.

Chestnut-sided warbler lives in young forest and meadow edges.

Chestnut-sided warbler lives in young forest and meadow edges.

The bird walk will start at 8 a.m. and the breakfast at 9:30. RSVPs are appreciated for planning! The all inclusive cost of breakfast is $15. The bird walk is free.

ACT has held a Memorial Day weekend bird walk for a number of years. It’s a great time to hear and see breeding birds including warblers, tanagers, vireos, and thrushes. The Adair property is over 200 acres of fields, wetlands, and forest, and it promises to be a lovely walk.

Bring your binoculars, bug dope, and bird book if you have one. We will introduce birding by ear, so bring your ears, too. This walk is suitable for walkers of all ages, and will go on paths and trails. Kids of all ages are encouraged!

To make a reservation so there will be enough popovers, by Friday please call ACT volunteer coordinator Angela Broscoe at (978) 828-5903 or e-mail her at

Last Sunday Walk at 1 p.m.

Our Last Sunday of the month walks are a great way to meet new friends and enjoy the land. At 1 p.m., we will start at the log landing at the Foss Forest on Pearl Lake Road,  located 1.3 miles west of the intersection of Route 117 and Pearl Lake Road in Sugar Hill. Going from Sugar Hill toward Lisbon, the access is on the left, and will be identified by the hike leader’s red Toyota Prius. Coming from Lisbon, the access is on the right.

Bring your bug dope, binoculars, children, dogs, and camera, and be prepared to be out for about 90 minutes. This will be an easy hike through moderate terrain with great views.

For more information, call Rosalind Page at 838-6520.