Group improves wilderness access

  • William Preston, Laurel Cameron, Richard Mellor and Pat Martin. COURTESY PHOTO

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 9:59AM

In the past several weeks, the Rindge Conservation Commission devoted considerable time and energies to improving two conservation lands. On Nov. 18, the Commission and six members of its newly formed Conservation Corps teamed-up to improve access to the Sandback Wilderness.

In 2007, this land was donated to Rindge with a conservation easement with the Monadnock Conservancy by Ms. Amy Sandback to remain as a wilderness for the public to use. The wooded track of land is composed of 88 acres located on Bush Hill Rd (off East Monomonac Road) and runs to the Rindge border with Massachusetts.

Commission members David Drouin, William Preston, Richard Mellor, Joseph Desruisseaux and Al Lefebvre along with Corps members, Brooks Rogers, Laurel Cameron, Mary Beth Mc Quaid, Ben Wylie, Rob Rubendall and Pat Martin cleared brush from the old Class 6 road along the property’s border and installed a sign marking the land.

In October, the Commission installed over twenty plaques at Rindge’s Converse Meadows conservation land marking various sites of interest to the public. These plaques were created with the assistance of students at the Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School and Franklin Pierce University that created the signage. Commission members placed the plaques on metal posts at different locations throughout the 224 acres of Converse Meadows to provide useful information to the many people who hike through this beautiful area to add to their enjoyment and understanding of nature and the wildlife that inhabit of the conservation land.

Residents with an interest in conservation and would like to assist with improve Rindge’s lands are encouraged to join the Rindge Conservation Corps. Forms to join are available at the Town Office and online at Commission’s FAQ section of the Town’s website at www.rindgenh.org/towncloud/faq/Conservation-Commission-19.