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Fall and Spring Camping-by Erika Seitz
Camping in the fall can be a delightful experience. There is nothing better than waking up to crisp frost on the leaves that have fallen. Many people prefer hike-to-camp rather than driving to campgrounds, because the views of all the fall foliage are breathtaking from the mountain tops. Another reason for fall camping is that campers do not have the constant nagging of our little mosquito and no see-um friends in the fall., just a few more layers and maybe a hotter fire.
There are a couple of things to keep in mind when hiking and camping in the fall. Watch out for cold weather ailments such as hypothermia. One common misconception is that hypothermia becomes a hazard only in cold and freezing temperatures. Most hypothermia victims die in 40-55 degree weather.
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The Maine Island Trail Association celebrates their 20th anniversary
2008 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Maine Island Trail. The Maine Island Trail Association was formed in 1988 to help care for and maintain the wilderness character of the 40 sites along the original trail. Today, the trail covers over 350 miles of coastline with 160 public and private sites from Cape Porpoise in Kennebunkport to Machias Bay. Last year was the first time in the trails history that it expanded to include sites south of Portland. If you would like to help protect Maine's coastline by joining MITA or want learn more about the Maine Island Trail Association, visit their website at www.mita.org .
This years big trip will be in early August; 9 days on and around Maine's Moosehead Lake. We will be exploring not only the waters, but the trails and terrain that surrounds Maine's largest lake.
Warm days and cold water
Now that the kayaking season is in full swing for most of us, it is very important to remember that the waters have not had a chance to fully warm up. Even in the middle of the summer, most lakes in Northern New England are cold. Don't let the warm air temperatures fool you; always dress for the water temperature! For more information about "cold shock" and "hypothermia", visit our tips page or click here.
Invasive Algae found in the Connecticut River
According to NH Fish and Game, a new invasive algae has been found in the northern part of the Connecticut River, which is the first official report of the algae here in the northeast. This algae is didymosphenia geminata (didymo) which often goes by the name of "rock snot". Didymo forms large mats by attaching to rocks and plants in lakes and rivers, it is not considered to be a human health risk, however it does affect river and lake habitats.. These mats can grow to be 10 to 12 inches thick and up to 2 or 3 feet in length. It only takes a single didymo cell attached to the hull of a boat or on your equipment to spread this algae to other waters. It is very important that if you do paddle any waters that contains this algae, make sure you clean all of your equipment before heading out on your next trip. The NH Department of Environmental Services recommends that all boaters do the following:
1. Remove all visible clumps of algae and plant material from your boat and from anything else that has been exposed to the water.
2. Clean all of your equipment using hot tap water and lots of soap; this includes your paddle.
3. Soak your clothing, boots, gloves and any other "soft" items in hot tap water and lots of soap for at least 30 minutes.
Anyone that locates Didymo in the waters of NH or VT are asked to contact the following agencies as soon as possible.
In New Hampshire
NH DES Limnology Center
Didymo identification, Water Quality Division
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