A gathering of Pinnacle members and supporters in late August at Rick Cowan’s house in Cambridgeport enjoyed beautiful weather, good food, and positive discussions about the beauty and importance of the land around us and ways to enjoy and conserve it.
Almost 50 interested area residents met at the third floor of the Rockingham Public Library on Wednesday March 29 to learn about the combined initiative by members of the Rockingham Conservation Commission, Bald Hill Conservation Committee, and Pinnacle Association and to help plan a trail system branching from the existing trail at the Bellows Falls Historic Riverfront Park up to the Bald Hill Preserve thence to Saxtons River and ultimately to the main WHPA trail from Putney Mountain to Grafton. Participants received map handouts of the large area involved and contributed information to larger maps to help determine a possible route.
On April 22, twenty-six adults and children joined Becky Chalmers, Wetland Ecologist for the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, to Celebrate Earth Day with a walk to vernal pools at the Dunn Nature Trail off Bemis Hill Road in Westminster. Participants on this woodland field trip were dressed in waterproof boots and sported no bug repellant on their hands, if they wanted
to touch the animals found. They enjoyed observing spotted salamanders, wood frogs, egg masses, fingernail clams, and fairy shrimp. Besides helping everyone discover and identify the special inhabitants at these transitory places, Becky Chalmers discussed the importance of vernal pools to the chain of life, the life cycles of the animals found there, and Vermont’s rules to protect those fragile habitats and their specialized inhabitants.