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CONSERVATION NEWS From TILTON, NH
Tilton Conservation Commission, 257 Main Street, Tilton, NH 03276                             Late Fall 2009


Late Fall 2009 Newsletter


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A Special Place to Visit in Tilton

Timetable Mabel statue     Tilton Railroad Station

The town of Tilton has many special places natural, historic, architectural, and retail.



This Tilton Conservation Newsletter offers a glimpse into one special place -
or, in this case, one special object - the marble statue known as Europa,
or Timetable Mabel.

The statue was purchased by Charles E. Tilton in 1882 in London and brought
to Tilton to be placed placed by the railroad station next to a fountain.
 
When the railroad station was removed, the statue was placed in storage.
In 1970, she was moved to her current location near the Tilton Island Park.


Improve Your Lawn Without Raking   Leaves and a rake

Each fall comes a dreaded task - raking and bagging leaves in what seems like a  never-ending process.
 
However, new research suggests that there is no reason to continue this practice. It appears that mowing
leaves into the lawn improves the soil and adds organic matter and nutrients. At Michigan State University,
a  mower was set to a height of three inches and used to mow an 18 inch deep layer of leaves. The following
spring, the lawn was healthy, with improved soil, and had few leaves remaining.

You can follow the Michigan State study by setting the mower height to three inches and mowing weekly
when your lawn reaches a height of four inches. It's best to mow when leaves are slightly damp, such as
after a light dew. It was also discovered that un-raked leaves in flower beds will not harm perennials.
 
This information (and more) can be found at http://www.wiltonct.org/PDFs/conservation/Newsletters/Newsletter_Fall_07.pdf


Brake For Moose

Seeing a moose can be an exciting sight, but not when you're driving and he's crossing the road. 
Each year, there are about 250 moose-car collisions in NH, resulting in injuries and death. NH Fish
& Game has some suggestions for drivers.


    1. Moose are most active from April to November and most collisions take place at dusk or dawn.
                Stay alert. Keep your speed down. Wear a seatbelt. Use high beams, if possible.
                Scan the sides of the road. Don't expect the moose to stop if you see one.

    2. Remember: The average moose weighs 1000 pounds and is about 6 feet tall at the shoulder.
                                You will likely only see his legs. Stop and wait for him to pass. You won't see a
                                 reflection from his eyes because your headlights don't reach that high.


 Moose in Northern NH       Chickadee


Feeding Birds in Winter

                   While birds feast on insects during the summer, winter is when they need a little help. Offer a
                   variety of seeds to attract a variety of birds. Below are some suggestions:


                   Black Oil Sunflower - cardinals, woodpeckers, blue jays, goldfinches, purple finches, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches

                   Nyger (replacing thistle) - goldfinches

                  Safflower (best of all, squirrels don't like them) - chickadees, titmice, downy woodpeckers

                   White Millet (inexpensive) - scatter on the ground for sparrows, juncoes, and mourning doves

                   Suet (provides energy) - woodpeckers                     

 

 
           Rules for Buffalo Park Conservation Area -
                         As you walk or snowshoe in this area,
remember the rules which have been designed to help
                        
everyone enjoy this amazing resource.

                 Park Hours:
One half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset         snowshoes
                                      

                              No Alcoholic beverages allowed on park property

                             This is a carry in-carry out park

                              All pets must be leashed

                              No Horse(s) or Livestock allowed.

                              No Fireworks allowed in park without written permission from the Park Commission.

                              No Camping allowed

                              No climbing on, cutting or destruction of plant life allowed.

                              Motorized vehicles prohibited

                             The sale of goods or services or the display of goods and services are prohibited unless
                                       approved by the Park Commission.

                             The display of any unauthorized banner or flag is prohibited

                              No one is allowed in the park before or after posted hours, without written permission
                                        from the Park Commission.


                             
Defacing or destruction of any property is prohibited by law

                              No open flames or grills of any type are allowed 

                              Courtesy and respect will be given to any authorized gathering within the park

                               No paint gun use is permitted in the park

 

Violation of any of the Park rules could result in fines of up

to $1000 and the privilege to use the Park being revoked.


   quilt Easy Ways to Save on Energy Costs This Winter

1. Turn down the thermostat at night and when you're away from home. You save money for every degree
     the thermostat is lowered. Consider buying a programmable thermostat.

2. Lower your water heater thermostat to a temperature that still meets your hot water needs (120
    suggested)

3. Turn off lights, computer equipment, and entertainment modules when not in use.

4. Open curtains during the day to let the sun warm the room and be sure to close the curtains at night
    to help keep in heat.

5. Save up laundry to fill the washer and do full loads instead of partial loads.

6. Close doors to closets and rooms that you aren't using.

7. Use a humidifier - moist air holds heat better than dry air

8. Be sure your furnace filters are clean. Replace them monthly. 

   

 


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