To The Daily Sun,
Are you someone who enjoys hiking in the Belknap Mountains, or do you just enjoy the views of it? Either way, we all have a stake in preserving this beautiful mountain range which makes a significant impact on the character of our town and the Lakes Region.
In recent years, there was a great and successful effort to preserve property on Mount Major. Now, we have an opportunity to preserve land at the summit of Piper Mountain, another picturesque mountain in the Belknap Range. Piper is a favorite of many, for a short hike to beautiful views, feasting on blueberries in season, or connecting with other mountains in the range. It is a great way to introduce young children to mountain climbing. There are wonderful flat rock ledges near the summit to climb on, and rocks at the top to sit on while enjoying lunch or a snack. Also, it is a manageable hike for seniors! We know quite a few people, who have named a child or dog after the mountain because it is a favorite place for them to climb.
Right now, the Gilford Conservation Commission is committed to raising $120,000 in a combined effort with the Lakes Region Conservation Trust. They are hoping citizens in our community and beyond will rise to the challenge and contribute to this opportunity to ensure permanent continued access to the summit as well as trail maintenance. If the money can be raised in time, the purchase of Piper's summit will take place on Jan. 17, 2017.
Please, if you can, give this little gem of a mountain the protection it needs, as soon as possible! Donations are tax deductible. Make your check out to the Town of Gilford Conservation Fund with a note in the memo section for Piper Mountain. You can send it by mail to the Gilford Conservation Commission at 47 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford, NH 03249.
Jack & Shirley Woodward
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