A community treasure – preserve, protect and enjoy
Managed by the Eaton Conservation Commission
We strive to maintain the beauty and natural resources of Foss Mountain, while nuturing sustainable recreational use.
Conservation Conversation: Wildlife in Eaton
Thursday, March 9, 2023
6:30 - 8:00 PM at Eaton Town Hall
The fourth Conservation Conversation, Wildlife in Eaton, sponsored by the Eaton Conservation Commission will be a discussion about wildlife in Eaton, the threats affecting them and what can be done in our town to protect their habitat. Matt Tarr, Wendy Scribner and Daniel Stepanauskas will help us explore questions about which species are found in Eaton and how we can support their presence here. Please join us, whether you want to help inform the town Conservation Plan and wander the woods with a purpose or learn from these three experts.
Discussion topics include:
What species of wildlife are found in Eaton?
Are there rare and endangered species here?
Are there particular corridors that animals use to move from place to place?
What areas in Eaton are critically important habitat?
How can we better understand what areas are important?
What steps can be taken to protect these areas?
What can private land owners do to help preserve wildlife in Eaton?
Matt Tarr – Associate Extension Professor, Wildlife Specialist for the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. He delivers education and technical assistance to private landowners, communities, and natural resource professionals who are interested in improving forest and non-forest habitats for wildlife in cooperation with NH Fish and Game. Matt is alicensed forester and Master bird bander.
Wendy Scribner – is a forestry field specialist and Carroll County’s UNH Cooperative Extension Forester. Wendy was Eaton’s Cohort Group mentor as part of the statewide “Taking Action for Wildlife” training session. She leads presentations on invasive plants and insects, wildlife habitat and forest management.
Daniel Stepanauskas - has been a consulting forester in New Hampshire for over thirty-five years and the Eaton Town Forester for twenty. He practices the sustainable management of private and municipal forest lands, using light-touch management techniques and imitating nature’s design to achieve the desired results. He is currently also the consulting forester for Tin Mountain Conservation Center and is a board member of the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust.
In late February the Eaton Conservation Commission sponsored a presentation on Finding a Shared Vision for Eaton Town Lands. Foss Mountain was a major focus of this presentation. Press the button below to view this presentation.
CONNECTING with the NATURAL WORLD
The short hike up to the top of Foss Mountain offers the youngest and eldest of us a panoramic view that reminds us of our small place in the natural world. Slow down, feel the wind, and notice that you are in a unique place. Respect other visitors. If the parking lot is full, please come back another time to avoid overuse. Join our stewardship family by being a thoughtful visitor, and by contributing time or money. The Eaton Conservation Commission works hard to keep the ridge from growing up to trees by tri-annual cutting, periodic prescribed burns and volunteer help.
Foss Mountain Regulations
Permits are required for all events and Commercial Use, no group size to exceed 15 people
Leave Bicycles, Snowmobiles, Motorcycles & Strollers at the Trailhead Parking Lot
NO FIRES – NO FIREWORKS
CARRY IN/CARRY OUT – NO CAMPING OR OVERNIGHT PARKING
Public Blueberry Picking is Allowed ONLY at the Top of Foss Mountain (NO Rakes or Resale)
Please do not pick berries in areas Posted "No Blueberry Picking"
Access to Foss Mountain
Foss Mountain Road is late to thaw in the Spring and early to receive snowfall.
Please park at the Lower Parking Lot if in doubt!
Summer Directions to Foss Mountain Trailhead:
From route 153 in Eaton, NH – on the north shore of Crystal Lake, turn east onto Brownfield Road. Turn right in 1.6 miles onto Bull Pasture Road. In 1 mile, turn right onto Stewart Road. In .3 miles , bear left at the next intersection onto Foss Mountain Road. Continue approximately 1.5 mile to trailhead parking on right.
PLEASE NOTE: This road is a single lane dirt road that gets high volume use. It is maintained by the town of Eaton, but is "use at your own risk". There are very few places to turn around or pass another vehicle and 4-wheel drive is recommended.
PLEASE NOTE: NO PARKING ON FOSS MOUNTAIN ROAD. If the Trailhead Parking Lot is full, please use the Lower Parking Lot or plan to visit Foss Mountain on another day.
Winter Directions to Foss Mountain Trailhead:
From route 153 in Eaton, NH – on the north shore of Crystal Lake, turn east onto Brownfield Road. Turn right in 1.6 miles onto Bull Pasture Road. Turn right onto Stewart Road in 1 mile. In .3 miles , bear left at the next intersection onto Foss Mountain Road. Continue approximately .5 to winter trailhead parking on right.
PLEASE NOTE: Foss Mountain Road is NOT maintained in winter. There is NO parking past our winter parking lot.