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WALKTOBER: Winter Botany

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Wells Village Road Town Forest

Wells Village Road

Sandown, NH 03873

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Hello neighbors and welcome to Sandown Conservation Commission's 2nd annual WALKTOBER!

What is WALKTOBER, you ask?

WALKTOBER is an exciting 4-part series, spanning the month of October, of family-friendly guided hikes with knowledgeable speakers in a variety of fields. Have you ever wanted to know just a little bit more about our town's wildlife, but don't like to walk alone? Are you curious about our town's rich history, but never seem to have the time to look into it? Maybe botany or mycology are your calling, but you aren't sure how to identify certain species? Now is your chance to learn all of this and more!

During our final installment of the WALKTOBER series, join us in welcoming back Wetland and Soil Scientist Bruce Gilday for another educational talk!

Last year, Bruce was a hit when he led our WALKTOBER: Wetlands Walk on the Morrison Lane Trails and we are excited to have him back again discussing a new topic. This year, learn winter botany with Bruce as he shows you how to "key out" different shrubs and trees in the landscape surrounding the Wells Village Road Town Forest Trails. It might sound like an easy task, but think again! We will be identifying these plants without the easiest part to identify--the leaves. It's sure to be a fun and challenging walk, so bring your thinking caps.

Bruce graduated from Montana State University in 1985 with a B.S. in civil engineering and entered the workforce as a project manager for Storch Associates, an engineering company, shortly thereafter. He found himself tied to a desk, working four... days a week and spending only one day in the field, meeting clients and monitoring construction projects. The work wasn't ideal and, drawing on his passion for nature and a youth spent as a Boy Scout, Bruce decided that he needed to make a change that would allow him more time working outdoors.

Mr. Gilday went back to school at the University of Massachusetts and the University of New Hampshire, with major concentration in soils and wetlands. He studied hard, earning certifications as a Wetlands Scientist, Soil Scientist, and as an Erosion, Sediment and Storm Water Inspector. It was with these credentials under his belt, he decided to start his own company, and went into business for himself in 1990 as BAG Land Consultants, an environmental consulting company. Bruce's small business has stood the test of time and almost 28 years later, he can still be found enjoying the outdoors.

Bruce says that he has "been very blessed to be a successful small business environmental consultant. I work for architects, developers, surveyors, municipalities, and engineering firms. The best outcome of all is that I am now in the field 4 days a week doing soil mapping and wetland delineations and I spend 1 day a week in the office writing technical reports. A reversal of my work time schedule that I really love.".

Since starting his successful business, Bruce has also been past President of the New Hampshire Association of Consulting Soil Scientists, New Hampshire Association of Wetland Scientists, as well as the New Hampshire Association of Natural Resource Scientists.

It's safe to say that there isn't much (if anything) that Bruce doesn't know about the outdoors. That's why he is not only the Environmental Consultant for the Town of Sandown and invaluable addition to the Conservation Commission, but also the perfect speaker for our Winter Botany Walk!


This is a FREE event, open to all and family-friendly, but we would like to remind you that it will require the ability to walk uneven terrain, so wear your comfy shoes! Water and a small snack will be provided, but feel free to bring your own snacks for the hike. Be sure to bring a refillable water bottle, as the Sandown Conservation Commission is trying to cut down on waste by providing water from a 5 gallon dispenser instead of individual water bottles.

Please email JWinmill@Sandown.US or KPalladino@Sandown.US with any questions.

We look forward to walking with you soon!

Sincerely,

The Sandown Conservation Commission

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