Last year, Tin Mountain Conservation Center began awarding a $1,500 scholarship to a graduating senior from Kennett High or Fryeburg Academy who will be pursuing a degree in a natural science-related discipline. A generous gift from Education Director Lori Kinsey was matched by Trustees and members for last year’s scholarship. This year, Tin Mountain staff, trustees, and volunteers will be cooking a benefit breakfast to help raise the required funds.

Breakfast will be served on Saturday, November 16th from 7:30-9:30 AM at the Tin Mountain Nature Center on Bald Hill Road in Albany, NH. The hearty breakfast will include pancakes (with real maple syrup, of course), eggs, muffins, fruit, toast, yogurt/granola, juice, coffee, milk, tea, and hot chocolate. Nobody goes away hungry.

At 8:30 AM, Tin Mountain Executive Director and forest ecologist Michael Cline will lead a trip to Tin Mountain’s Bear Paw Timberlands in Conway to discuss sustainable forest management being practiced on these lands. This trip is co-sponsored by the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust (USVLT) to which Tin Mountain Conservation Center donated a conservation easement on all 1,200 acres of timberlands, as well as the 140-acre Rockwell Sanctuary associated with the Nature Center in Albany. The USVLT conducts annual monitoring of the properties to ensure that the land uses continue to meet all of the goals for conservation.

Dr. Cline will discuss the policies that help direct management decisions and five different timber harvests that have occurred Tin Mountain timberlands. The type of management displayed on Bear Paw timberlands will be contrasted with other timber harvesting operations. In addition, four years of research examining the effect of timber harvesting on interior forest wildlife habitat will be discussed. Much of that research was made possible by Tin Mountain’s college research internship program.

Participants can join us early for breakfast or simply meet at the Center in Albany at 8:30 AM. Participants are urged to dress warm and bring water and a snack. Cost to non-members is $3/person and $5/family; members are free.