A horse in Ossipee has tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis, an usual finding for our region that raises the risk level for the town of Ossipee from “remote” to “high.” The surrounding towns of Tamworth, Madison, Freedom, Effingham, Wakefield, Brookfield, Wolfeboro, Tuftonborough, and Moultonborough will increase to “moderate” risk level.
Jim McElroy and R.A. Oram of the Freedom Aquatic Invasive Species Committee have issued a report to the Select Board detailing the group’s milfoil control and prevention activities for the season to date. In the picture, milfoil markers are prepared for placement at Huckins Pond. Photo: R.A. Oram.
The NH Department of Environmental Services’ Exotic Species Program coordinates the state’s activities to prevent, research, and control invasive plants and other species. It is funded by $7.50 from each boat registered in the state each year, much of which comes back to local towns via grants for weed control and Lake Host inspectors. This report summarizes the broad range of activities conducted by the DES between 2009 and 2012.
Two favorite hikes in the Ossipee Lake area are profiled in this post on the Hike NH online forum.
Prescribed burns help reduce the risk of wildfires and accelerate restoration of the unique pine-barrens ecosystem. Abutting property owners can receive notice of the burn dates by contacting The Nature Conservancy at (603) 356-8833.