The Moose Plate Grant Project included the relocating of trail and the building of puncheons (boardwalks) to avoid wet areas. Trees were planted
and water bars installed on eroding slopes. Workshops on insects, birds of prey, invasive species, and conservation easements were conducted by outside experts. A new trail map of the Town Hall and
Kingman Farm trails was developed. A Nature Guide, originally developed and published by the University of New Hampshire, was updated and reprinted. Books on trail construction and maintenance, plant and
animal identification, and environmental awareness were purchased and donated to the Madbury Public Library.
Besides the members of the Conservation Commission, several outside individuals and groups participated in the project. Beth
Hanson, UNH student, worked on the trail guide and helped gather educational material and arranged for a speaker. Steve Eisenhaure, Woodlands Manager at the UNH Woodland Office, consulted on trail
mapping and construction. Peter DeSantis, from the Southern NH Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association arranged and expertly guided a trail construction day. Dave
Field, Dover resident and “adopter of trails”, marked and set nature trail posts, and made a wood burned version of the nature trail map for the trailhead. Craig Seaver, past Conservation
Commission Chair, installed Dave’s map.
We would also like to acknowledge the support of the Selectmen of the Town of Madbury; Bill Trumble, Dean, College of Life Sciences and
Agriculture, University of New Hampshire; Dennis Harrington, Principal of the Moharimet Elementary School; and the staff at the Madbury Public Library.
Finally, our thanks to the NH State Conservation Commission for funding this project. We believe we have accomplished the shared goals of
protecting, restoring and enhancing a local natural resource that is benefiting Madbury and the surrounding community.
Madbury Conservation Commission