Tilton Conservation Commission
257 Main Street, Tilton, NH 03276
Tilton, NH

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Spring 2016 Newsletter

A Special Place in Tilton
Buffalo Park entry with tress

         Buffalo Park Conservation Area

Located minutes from downtown Tilton is an historic fifty-five acre parcel of land that is open to the public to hike the trails and to see the
 different varieties of trees. There are stonewalls which remain from when the property was a buffalo farm. There are several streams for fishing.

Visitors are welcome during the daylight hours; the area closes at dusk
 The property is a  "Carry In, Carry Out" area as no trash receptacles are provided 
No motorized vehicles, horses, or unleashed pets are allowed

A trail map and other rules can be found:
Trail map for Buffalo Park

This is a very special area for all to enjoy.

  butterfly Pollinators  bee

There has been a good deal of discussion about colony collapse and the loss of honey bees, but 
did you know that there are 4,000 native species of bees in the U.S. and they have been pollinating
plant life since the beginning of time? The current honeybee crisis shows us that we need to take
care of our native bees and pollinators to maintain food and shelter for wildlife and humans.
Some suggestions from NH Fish & Game include:

* native bees like to nest in snags and dying trees (leave them if it's safe to do so)
*bumblebees like undisturbed grassy clumps - leave one small part of your lawn free from mowing
*reduce (or eliminate) pesticide use on your property
*make or buy mason bee nests
* minimize turning over soil that harbors ground-nesting bees
*plant different layers of shrubs and flowers considering color and fragrance
*leave some of your plants whole in the fall as homes for cocoons and pupae
*rotting fruit can offer food for bees and butterflies

  Monarda Native Plants  Coreopsis

Native plants are those plants that grew in NH before the European settlers arrived.
Therefore, they have winter hardiness, pest resistence, and low maintenance needs.
They also are not invasive like some introduced plants have been. Some examples
 of native plants that are perennials are: Columbines, New England asters, Turtleheads,
Joe-pye weed, Bloodroot, Solomon's Seal, Harebell, Blue Flag Iris, and Silvery Cinquefoil.
For a more complete list of plants, shrubs, and trees for NH, go to wildflower.org


Soil Analysis

Since the early 1900s, UNH Cooperative Extension and UNH have been providing soil analysis
and nutrient recommendations to researchers, farmers, and home owners. The following link
will give you directions for taking the soil sample
, viewing downloadable forms, and seeing other FAQs.
  The standard test costs $17 and provides you with information about your soil's ph, nitrogen,
  phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, calcium, organic matter, and a value for lead.
You can receive the results by mail or email, usually within 3 weeks. If you  have any questions,
 the UNH Education Center and Info Line is available at (877) 398-4769. This is a wonderful
      service that is available to NH gardeners. You can also get a soil test for your lawn.

hands holding dirt

 Save April 16 for Discover WILD NH Day in Concord

Discover WILD New Hampshire Day is a fun way for the whole family to explore New Hampshire’s wildlife
resources and legacy of outdoor traditions. Browse educational exhibits presented by environmental and
conservation organizations from throughout the state. See live animals, big fish and trained falcons. Try
your hand at archery, casting, fly-tying and B-B gun shooting. Watch retriever dogs in action. Get creative
with hands-on craft activities for the kids. Plus, check out the latest hunting and fishing gear and gadgets.

NH Fish & Game badge

Discover WILD New Hampshire Day is hosted by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department 
and is sponsored in part by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire, Fish and Game’s nonprofit
partner (
www.nhwildlifeheritage.org). Watch for more details about Discover WILD New Hampshire Day in
Concord at 11 Hazen Drive 

Zika Virus Questions and Answers

Are there any cases of Zika in the United States?

There have been cases of Zika identified in the United States but only in people who were traveling in places
 where Zika is present in mosquitoes or in women who contracted it from their male sex partners who traveled
 to a Zika-affected region. No people have yet been infected by mosquito bites in the United States. Some U.S.
territories have ongoing Zika transmission, however. Click here for a Zika fact sheet.