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Habitat Hike in Chamberlain Reynolds

Squam Lakes Association
Event organized by Squam Lakes Association

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Join us as we explore Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest. Participants will walk along the trails of CRMF making observation about different habitat characteristics and discussing habitat quality and the importance of having diversity within forests. The components of a healthy ecosystem include, sunlight, producers (trees), consumers (wildlife), decomposers (fungus), water sources (Squam Lake), and even dead organisms such as snags. Biodiversity encourages ecosystem productivity where each organisms plays a vital role. The biotic members that inhabit any ecosystem are connected interdependently, meaning if one element changes more things will change with it. Taking these potential cascading effects into account can help in conservation efforts within the watershed. We will start this program at the SLA then we will head over to Chamberlain Reynolds where we will take a loop around the memorial forest discussing plant diversity and ecosystem health. During the hike we will identify and record the different organisms we see, tree ID, plant ID, and discuss the multiple factors that can be used to indicate the health of an ecosystem. This program is free for both members and nonmembers. All participants must register for this program. Space is limited to 12 people.

**As temperatures warm and snow and ice on and around our trails melt, we want to let participants know that there is the potential for outdoor adventure ecology programs to change or be canceled. We will always do our best to contact registered participants as soon as we receive updated information on the conditions of trails to notify them.**