307 Applebee Rd, Milton Mills, NH 03852

‘Walking Through Time in a Local Forest’ with Forester Charlie Moreno

Moose Mountains Regional Greenways
Box 191, Union, NH  03887


Date: 9/21/2019

‘Walking Through Time in a Local Forest’ with Forester Charlie Moreno


Moose Mountains Regional Greenways (MMRG) and Branch Hill Farm/Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust (BHF/CSFCT) will offer a free forestry workshop on Saturday, October 19 from 9:30 to noon at Branch Hill Farm’s Salmon Falls Woodlands in Milton Mills. The natural history tour, titled ‘Walking Through Time in a Local Forest,’ will be led by consulting forester Charlie Moreno, who has offered many previous popular workshops for these partner conservation organizations.

For this workshop, Moreno will lead participants on a walk along the trails through the Salmon Falls Woodlands and will invite you to take a simultaneous stroll through time. His goal is to share a long-range perspective of New England forests, offering a narrative of how the forest, wildlife and land have changed over millennia.

Along the way, Moreno will point out possible signs of early Native American use of this land as well as indicators of nineteenth century agricultural use. The main trail across the parcel was once the main road from Milton to Milton Mills, with historic landmarks, the Applebee cellar hole and cemetery. Rubbings of the old grave stones will be available.  The journey will also include stops showcasing characteristics of today’s sustainably-managed forest and a stop on the peninsula between the Branch and Salmon Falls rivers, where Moreno will discuss how glaciers shaped the land and how ice age geology still influences the forests of today.

As a consulting forester, Charlie Moreno manages over 30,000 acres of forests for private landowners, conservation organizations, and communities in southern New Hampshire and Maine, including the BHF Salmon Falls Woodlands site of this workshop. He expects this natural history workshop to be of interest to woodlot owners, natural history buffs, conservationists, and outdoor enthusiasts.

The workshop is free and the public is invited but pre-registration is required. For more information, directions, and to register, contact MMRG’s Education Coordinator Kari Lygren at (603) 978-7125 or email info@mmrg.info. Participants are asked to leave pets at home.

MMRG, a non-profit land trust, works to conserve and connect important water resources, farm and forest lands, wildlife habitats, and recreational land in Brookfield, Farmington, Middleton, Milton, New Durham, Wakefield, and Wolfeboro. Throughout the year, MMRG offers many educational opportunities to inform all ages about the benefits of our region’s natural resources. For more information and a calendar of upcoming events, visit www.mmrg.info.  Branch Hill Farm/the Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust works to protect open space and working forests and to educate the public about sound forestry, conservation and agricultural practices; see www.branchillfarm.org.

Charlie Moreno talking to workshop group (Photo by Kate Wilcox)


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