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“The Ammonoosuc River Stream Flood Resilience Project” at Bretzfelder Park February 28th


BETHLEHEM, N.H.—The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests will host Rachelle Lyons whose projects focus on the challenge of cultivating community scale change in complex systems.

Through summer/fall of 2016 the Ammonoosuc River Stream Crossing Assessment Project team, completed a watershed-wide road/stream crossing assessment. The research team assessed over 700 culverts to evaluate stream connectivity and flood resilience. The goal of the project was to provide data on condition of stream crossings and empower communities to reverse negative impacts vulnerable culverts have on infrastructure and ecosystems. Following the watershed wide culvert assessment the partners met with communities to provide residents and decision makers with the necessary skills and tools to pro-actively address current and anticipated infrastructure vulnerability within their community. One of the primary goals is to aid road agents, town decision makers, planning professionals and stakeholders with the ability to move projects from conceptual ideas to completed restorations the improve resiliency

Rachelle has a background in education and environmental science. She conducts research relating to food systems sustainability, natural resource stewardship and rural community development at the Center for Business and Community Partnerships and teaches in the Environmental Science & Policy department at Plymouth State University.
           The free program is open to the public and is part of the annual winter Bretzfelder Park Family Educational Series. It will begin at 7 p.m. at Bretzfelder Park.

Local hiking columnist and author Mike Dickerman of Littleton presents his program based on the Museum of the White Mountains exhibit that he is co-curating this year with Steve Smith of Lincoln.

The exhibit celebrates the legacy of "Trail Clubs in the White Mountains", from their origins in the latter half of the 1800s to the present.

            Owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (, Bretzfelder Park is managed in cooperation with the town of Bethlehem. The Park, bequeathed to the Forest Society in 1984 by Helen Bretzfelder in memory of her father, Charles, houses a classroom, educational trails, a pond, and several picnic sites.

Two series of educational programs are held there each year, in February and August. The Bretzfelder Park Family Educational Series continues In August 2018.

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