, Derry, New Hampshire

February 13, 2013

Celebrate Musquash Day Saturday

By Julie Huss

---- — LONDONDERRY — For more than 20 year, people have come out to one of the town’s most beautiful spots to enjoy hiking, trails, winter activities and education.

This year, it’s time to once again bundle up the family and come out for a day of free fun.

The Londonderry Conservation Commission and UNH Cooperative Extension once again co-sponsor the 22nd annual Musquash Conservation Area Field Day on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Snow or no snow, the day will include activities for all ages.

The day includes hiking to the landing for refreshments around an open fire.

Visitors can explore the conservation area and learn about cellar holes, or learn how habitats are created.

Emma Carcagno, wildlife program assistant for the Cooperative Extension, along with county Extension forester Fred Borman, will offer information on New England cottontails.

Practice on snowshoes, weather permitting, with equipment provided by Eastern Mountain Sport.

Musquash Conservation area is a 900-acre wooded area owned by the town of Londonderry and managed by the Londonderry Conservation Commission. Only low-impact recreation is allowed; motorized, wheeled vehicles are banned on the 15-plus miles of trails.

Located off High Range Road with access points off Hickory Hill Road, Sara Beth Lane and Alexander Road, the conservation land is the largest recreation area in town with a well-established trail system. Parking is at the end of Hickory Hill Road off High Range Road.

To get to the conservation area from Route 102, follow Mammoth Road north, taking a left onto Pillsbury Road at the lights. Follow Pillsbury approximately one mile to High Range Road. Turn right onto High Range and follow 1.2 miles to a left turn onto Hickory Hill Drive.