During January and February we received support from over 11 new donors from NH, CT, and MA. Thank you all for your support of the rail trail.
How much does it cost to build a foot of the trail? As little as $2/foot if we are just applying stone dust to a clean section of trail. Costs are higher when we factor in kiosks, gates, signs, benches re-decking bridges or building new trail from scratch in areas where the old railroad grade no longer exists. We work hard to do as much as we can with volunteer labor and in-kind donations of equipment and materials to keep costs low. Your help in any amount does make a difference.
Help us take two steps forward with a recurring monthly donation. At $10.00 per month you help the trail all year long. Your donation would carry the trail forward as much as five feet each month. Please help with your financial support and encourage your friends to do the same.
Ask your employer if they match donations. Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail is a 501c3 non-profit organization.
Snowshoeing on the rail trail at Bagley Feb 20, 2017
A couple of years ago the friends of the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail asked NH Department of Transportation if they would consider declaring a parcel of land in Warner surplus. We thought the parcel would be of keen interest to the Warner Conservation Commission because it borders a long stretch of the Warner River in an area where the Conservation Commission has conserved other parcels. The state has declared the parcel surplus. The town has negotiated the price down. The Conservation Commission wants to proceed with the purchase and this meeting is a necessary step in the process.
Please show your support by speaking in favor of the town of Warner purchasing this parcel of land from the state of NH for $7,100 on April 5th at 7:00 PM at Warner Town Hall, 5 East Main St. Funds to come from the Conservation Fund.
This parcel abuts the town owned Bagley Field property where the town soccer fields are – and where an improved section of rail trail is located. This spring we will be improving the rail trail surface on more of the Bagley Field property and re-decking an iron truss bridge extending the trail to where it meets the parcel being offered to the town.
We believe the value of the parcel being offered to the town is an exceptional value for the community purely from the conservation standpoint of protecting water quality, protecting habitat, and bringing control of the property’s future use into town hands.
In addition, there may come a time when the rail trail may want to cross part of this parcel along the old railroad grade. The old grade is partially on this parcel and partially on land that is within the I-89 corridor. So by itself this parcel is not all that’s needed to extend the trail towards town, but it is a necessary step.
It is our goal for the trail to be an outdoor classroom that connects residents and visitors to the natural environment along the route. We believe the rail trail will provide an ideal platform for inspiring people of all ages to appreciate nature while preserving the natural habitat.
Nationally recognized rail trail expert Craig Della Penna is coming to Warner to speak on how to assemble rail trail corridors. This is a great opportunity to hear from a person who:
Craig Della Penna
- worked for the railroad company that used to own the Concord & Claremont line
- worked for Rails to Trails Conservancy
- is a realtor specializing in properties near rail trails.
- runs a Bed & Breakfast next to a rail trail.
He knows the benefits trails bring to rural communities and how – even though its not easy – its worth the effort.
Craig will be speaking at 7:00 PM at the Pillsbury Free Library in Warner. The library is located at 18 East Main St, Warner, NH 03278. We hope to see you there.
The Winter 2017 edition of the Ausbon Sargent Newsletter “Chatter” has the theme “Opt Outside”. “Opting Outside is one of the least expensive ways to stay healthy.” We couldn’t agree more. They also write, “there are many positive benefits that result from a casual walk on a woodland path.” We hope you agree and will help make the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail a reality with your donations and support.
Make a $100 tax-deductible contribution to Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail and earn a limited edition rail trail baseball cap as a thank you gift.
Look your best and show your support for the trail with a Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail cap. Make a tax-deductible donation of $100 or more and get your limited edition baseball hat before they run out!
Lightweight khaki hat is comfortable in all seasons, and smooth velcro back strap adjusts to fit all sizes.
Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail booth at the 2016 Warner Fall Foliage Festival.
A huge thank you to all who came by the booth to learn more about the trail, sign up for our e-mail news, and make donations. We are now offering thank you gifts of CLSRT baseball hats for donations of $100 and up. Eight of those hats were purchased during festival and more people joined as individual and family members. A sincere thanks to everyone for their donations of any amount. This trail is coming together and we especially appreciate those who are making donations as we ready our next projects. We now have over $3500 in our account to put towards the bridge.
Also during festival week another landowner gave permission for the trail to cross their property and discussions on several other parcels moved forward. More details will be forthcoming in the near future.
Thanks to everyone who came by our booth at the Pedaling for Payson Schoodacs rest stop today! It was a gorgeous day for a ride. Look for us again at the Warner Fall Foliage Festival on October 7, 8, and 9th.
State representatives Clyde Carson and David Karrick cut the ribbon
on the new Warner Rail Trail section at Bagley Field.
Crowds gather for a first stroll on the new trail.
Please join us Saturday, Sept 27th at 10 am for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new Warner Rail Trail section at Bagley Field.
We will have a brief ceremony, followed by coffee, cider and snacks, and an optional group walk on the trail.
Thank you to Warner DPW, the Parks and Rec crew, and the many volunteers who made this project happen!
Sponsored by Warner Parks and Recreation
Funding for the trail was made possible in part by Nancy Sibley Wilkins Trust, the Anonymous fund of the NH Charitable Foundation and HEAL NH, and private donations.