Farm will host maple hike for Forest Society series

LYNDEBOROUGH – “The Maple Guys” Sugarhouse is opening its woods trails and maple sugarhouse for a free guided tour at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18.

The tour is part of a series of events called “Five Easy Hikes in Five Weeks” sponsored by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, WMUR-TV and Stay Work Play New Hampshire.

“These hikes are our cure for cabin fever,” said Dave Anderson, the Forest Society’s education director. “We invite people to bring the whole family to enjoy nature and learn more about New Hampshire’s forests and all of the benefits they provide.”

The Lyndeborough hike will be a moderate walk to learn about the ecology of healthy maple stands and other New Hampshire forests, and it includes a tour of the sugarmaking operation run by the Pfiel family and their wood-burning gasification evaporator. The Pfiel farm is conserved through a conservation easement held by the Forest Society, a statewide land trust and sustainable forestry organization.

The next and last hike in the series will be an April 6 “Vernal Pools Walk” at the McCabe Forest in Antrim from 4-6 p.m. The McCabe Forest, a conserved reservation owned by the Forest Society, features many wetland breeding areas for amphibians as well as frontage on the Contoocook River. The hike there will also be moderate and suitable for all ages and those new to hiking.

For more information or to register for one or both hikes, visit forestsociety.org/events or call 224-9945.

– Submitted by Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests

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