A remarkably generous gift of land has been established as the Gale Family Forest in Lyman.
ACT received the donation of 167 acres from Christopher and Pamela Gale of Charlottesville, Va.
“We love this land, and 50 years ago when we bought it we thought we’d build our retirement home there,” said Chris Gale. “But when we realized that was not in the cards, we wanted it to be taken care of and loved by someone else, and ACT showed us that they were it.”
A remote beaver pond on the Gale Family Forest.
The land is mostly forested but also has a hay field high above Partridge Lake, which appears in the distance. The forest has been managed for timber over the years, most recently by New England Forestry Consultants. A snowmobile trail and many walking trails run through it. The property is located at the corner of Hurd Hill and Gannon roads in Lyman, near the town boundary with Littleton. The land was once farmed by the Hurd family, and later the Hubbard family.
“This is a magnificent forest, and shows what you can do with good management,” said ACT Executive Director Rebecca Brown. “This will be an excellent place to show that you can grow good timber, have wonderful recreational trails, and an abundance of wildlife. It’s really interesting topography shaped by the glaciers, with eskers running throughout and some unusual plants and tree species living there. We look forward to doing animal tracking this winter and bird and amphibian surveys in the spring to see what’s out there.”
Grafton County Forester Dave Falkenham helps ACT assess the timber on the proposed gift of land, in June 2013.
The Gale Family Forest will be a long-term source of income for ACT, Brown explained. “In addition to this being a wonderful place for people to enjoy, this is a fantastic gift for ACT, as over the years proceeds from timber harvested here will help fund other conservation projects. This is truly a gift that will keep on giving.”
ACT plans to create parking for walking trail access to the property, and will develop a trails map. Anyone interested in helping with the GIS work and trail mapping is encouraged to contact ACT at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 823-7777.
ACT Executive Director Rebecca Brown walking the land in summer 2013, imagining what a great place this will be for ACT.