After nearly a decade, Moosewood Ecological has been providing long-term biodiversity monitoring and land stewardship at Woodland Views. Driven by ecological information, we have successfully managed habitats to benefit biodiversity and ecological integrity.
Moosewood Ecological began conducting ecological inventories at the Bear Hill Conservancy in 2008 as part of an ongoing and ever-growing land conservation project. Fifteen years later, this project is coming to fruition with a conservation easement with the US Fish and Wildlife Service spanning nearly 16,000 acres.
The Scherschels recognized an opportunity to
expand upon the family's current landholdings. With this land purchase they also saw a tremendous stewardship opportunity to repair the deleterious effects of inappropriate logging practices. So, they charged forward and hired Moosewood Ecological to develop and implement a land restoration plan to stabilize soils, restore a riparian forest, and manage invasive species.
The Kensan-Devan Wildlife Sanctuary is a 600-acre property owned and managed by New Hampshire Audubon (NHA). The purpose of this project was to assist NHA with forest habitat management with a primary goal of managing avian diversity. NHA hired Moosewood Ecological to repeat the previous ecological inventory to document changes in avian and vegetation communities. Our research uncovered some very interesting findings….
Since 2014, Moosewood Ecological has worked on six major ecological inventory projects for SELT. In 2017, we conducted the Stonehouse Forest in Barrington, NH. Surveys were conducted for various wildlife species, focusing on species of greatest need, as well as rare plants, exemplary natural communities, significant wildlife habitats, and invasive species. John Maghee, fisheries biologist at NH Fish and Game, and his crew also joined us one day for electrofishing surveys along Stonehouse Brook. In the end, the whole project was funded through multiple fund-raising efforts due to the contributions of many partners. Oh, by the way, Stonehouse Forest is an ecological gem in southeast New Hampshire!
In 2010, Moosewood Ecological prepared a field-based wildlife habitat and wetlands assessment as part of the town’s original NRI. Twelve years later, the Commission realized they were in need of a critical update since land use changes and new data development occurred over the span of these years. This field-based project developed more detailed natural resources data, GIS analyzes to model for conservation priorities, and public outreach. An iNaturalist and Bioblitz project was designed to encourage community members of all ages to participate in identifying Chesterfield’s biodiversity. In addition to the report, Moosewood Ecological prepared a Story Map for the town. This interactive web-based program is a popular tool used to educate viewers in a fun, explorative nature while learning about Chesterfield’s natural resources. Contact us today to learn more about NRIs and conservation planning!
Baseline Documentation Reports (BDRs) are an important part for any conservation easement and other conservation planning endeavors. The Bedford Land Trust has worked on BDRs with Moosewood Ecological for several conservation easements in Bedford, NH. Among these are the ever-popular Pulpit Rock Conservation Area and Joppa Hill Farm. Site investigations have documented wildlife, habitats, species of conservation concern, natural communities, ecologically significant areas, invasive species, boundary markers, human structures and alterations as well as historical features including agricultural land use on homesteads from the late 1700s and early 1800s. Moosewood Ecological uses a format for its BDRs that meets stringent guidelines for such reporting. However, we can provide any additional information as needed since each conservation project is unique.
Biodiversity and forest resource inventories coupled with an assessment of trail use are fundamental to balancing the conservation of critical natural resources. Stewardship planning and land use activities are the next logical steps after land acquisition. The City of Keene recognized these needs when it hired Moosewood Ecological in 2018 to conduct a Stewardship Plan for the 1,044-acre Greater Goose Pond Conservation Area. This plan focused on wildlife, forest, and recreation management, as well as community outreach. The City of Keene is now well-prepared to implement the Stewardship Plan to safeguard biodiversity and prepare for climate mitigation through habitat and forest management.
In 2014, Moosewood Ecological began working on a wetlands restoration project along a tributary to Kemp Brook in Fitzwilliam, NH. The project site included Boyce Pond and the removal of its dam due to structural inadequacies and failure to support aquatic life due to insufficient dissolved oxygen. This wetlands restoration was performed under the guidance of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) working in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Inter-Fluve Inc provided design, engineering, and permitting for the dam removal. Funding for this project was provided in part by a Watershed Assistance Grant from the NH Department of Environmental Services with Clean Water Act Section 319 funds from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
In recognition of the importance of and dramatic declines in native pollinators, the Cheshire County Conservation District set into motion an action plan. They acquired a Conservation Innovation Grant from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to initiate a 3-year project focused on pollinator habitat development and enhancement throughout 17 locations in the county.
Starting in 2014, Moosewood Ecological provided multiple levels of assistance to the Conservation District. We provided QA/QC to ensure timely response and correct methods were employed for site preparations, plant installations, and broadcasting of pollinator seed mixes. Moosewood Ecological was also responsible for personnel management including subcontractors, material acquisition, planting plans, maintenance, reporting, presentations, and assistance with public workshops, as well as site documentation and monitoring. These 17 pollinator sites varied in size, type of preparation, plant species composition, soils types, moisture gradient, sun exposure, and use of plants or seeds.
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