Explore Bean Mountain on Snowshoes

January 12, 2009

Join the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests on a rugged, off-trail snowshoe tour of Bean Mountain on Saturday, January 24 (weather date Sunday, January 25).


Forest Society Education Director Dave Anderson and Director of Land Conservation Brian Hotz will lead participants on a free, guided recreational snowshoe tour of the lower portion of the Bean Mountain tract of the Ashuelot River Headwaters conservation project in Lempster. We’ll explore the spruce and fir forest and wetlands along the Ashuelot River on this rugged off-trail snowshoe hike. Along the way, we’ll track winter wildlife and share the natural history of the tract.


Bean Mountain is part of the 1,750-acre Ashuelot River Headwaters project that Forest Society is working to conserve. Part of a 10,000-acre block of forestland, the area is home to many animals that require large range areas including moose, bear, and bobcat.


Located just south of the conserved lands surrounding Mount Sunapee and adjacent Pillsbury State Park, this dramatic landscape includes more than 11,000 feet of frontage on the Ashuelot River. The forestland and its streams are critical to maintaining clean drinking water supplies for downstream communities.


The event will begin indoors at 9:00 a.m. with a short review of local maps. Participants should plan to bring lunch and snowshoes. Pre-registration is required; call Tina at 224-9945 ext. 313 for trip details and meeting location.