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Tilton Conservation Commission, 257 Main Street, Tilton, NH 03276            Summer  2012              Archived Newsletters             

Summer 2012 Newsletter

A Special Place to Visit in Tilton

The town of Tilton has many special places natural, historic, architectural, and retail.
         This Tilton Conservation Newsletter offers a glimpse into one of those special places

Lake Winnisquam in Tilton, NH 

Lake Winnisquam

Lake Winnisquam is the fourth largest lake in New Hampshire at over 4,000 acres.
It feeds from the larger Lake Winnipesaukee and empties into the
Winnipesaukee River which then flows into the Merrimack River.
The lake is 10.5 miles long and 1.5 miles wide with a maximum depth of 170 feet.
Five towns share the lake which was once the home of the Abenaqui people-
 Tilton, Belmont, Laconia, Sanbornton, and Meredith.
Today the lake draws locals and visitors because of its beauty, boating, and fishing.

Tilton Awarded EPA Grant to clean up Ernie's 

The Environmental Protection Agency has  selected Tilton for a Brownfields Grant
of $200,000 to clean up the property known as Ernie's Garage on 180 East Main Street.
The grant will be used to demolish the crumbling garage and to remove contaminated
soil from the almost one acre property. Once the clean-up is completed, the area
next to the Winnipesaukee River will become a green space as well as the home of the
Missing Link Bridge which will connect the parts of the Winnipesaukee River Trail from
Trestle View Park in Franklin to Route 140 in Tilton completing the five-mile trail.
The lot will also be a place where people can launch canoes and kayaks.

New USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

Gardeners should be aware of the new 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map which has
been developed using temperature data from a longer and more recent time period.
The map is designed for gardeners/growers to determine which plants are most likely
to thrive at a particular location. Zones in NH range from 3b to 6a which means that a zone
could have winter temperatures as low as -35 F to -5F. The USDA maps are online at
http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/# and will even let you type your zip code so
that you can determine the hardiness zone for your area.