February Executive Director’s Greetings
There have been several educational opportunities so far this month that I’d like to share with you. I was able to attend the UNH Sea Grant Symposium, which showcased projects funded through Sea Grant as well as introducing projects that are about to begin. Additionally, poster sessions during the lunch break offered insights about the array of research going on right in our watershed and Great Bay. The atmosphere was jovial, welcoming and offered plenty of networking opportunities. There’s a continuing “current” throughout the research strands = clean water and stewardship of our rivers, estuaries, wetlands and salt marsh areas is imperative for the health of all living things.
I also was able to tour Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s newest display, “Healers and Killers – Plants from the Apothecary Garden” with an eye on imagining what plants are of interest to us, growing along our own Lamprey River banks. A highlight of this visit was being in a small group of ten people able to participate in Alena McNamara’s presentation on herb and garden books in Tower Hill’s library. Being able to see, and touch, a volume from 1499, with gorgeous woodcuts of plants documented in the incunabula (books prior to 1501) was a great experience. Watch for information on a LRWA book club, which is an idea I had while attending this presentation.
Recent “weather whiplashes” have probably triggered many of you to get out and enjoy what winter brings, or hunker down, with reading material to enjoy planning your spring hikes or early gardening activities. I just made a walk through Portsmouth’s Urban Forest, to practice winter tree and shrub identification skills. This is the perfect time of year to see plants’ growth habits, as well as twig and bud identifying clues. Pictured here, you see a Witch Hazel really showing off along a pathway in this educational park. Grab a “Winter Twig Tree Identification” pamphlet, provided by the NH Urban & Community Forestry Program, with the NH Division of Forests and Lands, (www.nhdfl.org) and test yourself as you enjoy Conservation Properties in our LRWA municipalities, or at your favorite spots along the Lamprey.
I’m happy to announce this “Save the Date” information – Wednesday, October 16th, we’ll have our Annual Dinner and Meeting at the Jeremiah Smith Grange Hall in Lee, NH. Also in the works, we have a presentation in April and a presentation in August, to share expertise from presenters on pollinators and nature photography. Information will soon be shared on Instagram, this website, flyers and promotional materials through the libraries in our watershed area and e-mails. Here’s hoping as many people as possible can be a part of these events!
I’m looking forward to meeting people through these events, and hope that you can enjoy the Lamprey River later in Spring and Summer with activities on the river facilitated by the Lamprey River Advisory Committee. Watch here for calendar updates and information!
Cris Blackstone, Executive Director Lamprey River Watershed Association
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The Lamprey River Watershed Association (LRWA) was formed in 1983 to promote the restoration, conservation, wise development and use of the natural resources of the Lamprey River Watershed. Conserving fish and wildlife, forests, soil and water resources along with pollution abatement are key goals of the Association. Through education and research, the LRWA will work to increase the understanding among citizens about the importance of water and land conservation in the watershed.
The Lamprey River Watershed Association works in partnership with other conservation organizations and citizen groups to maintain or improve the natural health and beauty of the watershed. The Lamprey Watershed Association, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.
LRWA Board of Directors – meetings are on the second Monday of each month at 5 pm at the Lee Safety Complex. Public welcome. Prospective board members encouraged to contact LRWA at volunteer at lrwa-nh.org. All skills can be put to good use helping to make our watershed sustainable!