Lake Wentworth Foundation selects new treasurer

The Lake Wentworth Foundation has chosen Dorothy Anne Feldmann, longtime summer resident and weekend visitor on Lake Wentworth, as the new volunteer treasurer for the organization.

The Foundation’s Governance and Nominating committee considered her “very well qualified”. Those qualifications include over 20 years as an Accounting professor, five years as Chair of the Accountancy department, and currently serving as the Associate Dean of business programs, all at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Dorothy Feldmann Before entering academia, Feldmann earned a CPA certificate and worked as an auditor in the Boston office of KPMG. Her educational background includes a bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Virginia, a master’s in Accountancy from Northeastern and a doctorate in Accounting awarded by Boston University.

Jack O’Connell, President of the Foundation, explains what Feldmann can contribute to the organization: “Dorothy brings a strong financial background to the Foundation which is very timely in helping us keep track of the growing number of important projects we have undertaken to protect the water quality of Wolfeboro’s lakes.”

Feldmann knows the area well as she has been a resident, first at Point Breeze starting in 1998, and currently as a homeowner at Governors Landing. She grew up on a lake in Rhode Island and says “kayaking, watching wildlife, and reading are three of my favorite lakeside activities”.

Feldmann has already assumed the duties of treasurer.

 

 

5 Ways You Can Protect Your Lake this Month

1. Avoid blowing grass clippings or raking leaves into the lake.

2. Take one last boating excursion along the shoreline and be on the look-out for any unusual plant growth; then clean your boat thoroughly before storing. Report any potential invasive species to the Lake Wentworth Association.

3. Protect the lake from stormwater runoff by preparing your property to soak up snowmelt and spring rains. Stabilize bare and eroded areas with vegetation and install infiltration areas along rooflines and driveways. Click here for A Shoreland Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater Management. http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/stormwater/stormwater-mgmt-homeowners.htm

4. Plant native plants to create a shoreline buffer. Fall is an ideal time to plant trees and shrubs. Roots systems will begin to form before the frost sets in, essentially establishing the shrub or tree in the ground for the winter. Mulching around newly planted trees and shrubs will help protect the new transplants throughout the winter as well. Be sure to remove any coverings on the root balls of plants before planting.

5. Stay in touch. Like the Lake Wentworth Foundation facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/LakeWentworthFoundation shoreline buffer 

 

 

 

Article courtesy of the New Hampshire Lakes Association with additions by the Lake Wentworth Foundation. 

It’s a conservation drone!

There is a slow, but growing, use of drones in the field of conservation. Drones are “unmanned aerial vehicles” or UAVs, sometimes referred to as flying robots. They allow for access to areas that might be off limits to other aircraft, vehicles, even foot traffic.

Jim Whaley, a Rhode Islander but yearly visitor to Triggs Island in Lake Wentworth, describes himself as a “drone hobbyist”. He has been using his machine to take aerial pictures and videos of Lake Wentworth and nearby localities. His autumn video can be found on YouTube at https://youtu.be/tyzJG_dq1qQ and his winter scene at htps//youtu.be/ygill.w1HcJPE or under “Lake Wentworth, Wolfeboro NH”. He plans on adding to the series.

Whaley’s most recent adventure is taking video and stills of Warren Brook for the Lake Wentworth Foundation. His pictures and videos will be posted for viewing on the Foundation’s website (www.lakewentworthfoundation.org).

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Warren Brook and Lake Wentworth

According to the website DIY Drones, the remote controlled flyers are being used by conservationists for “surveying wildlife, monitoring and mapping terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and supporting the enforcement of protected areas”. Land trusts and organizations such as the Lake Wentworth Foundation are required to monitor each parcel of conserved land yearly. Drones can be extremely helpful in this monitoring, particularly if the land is difficult to access or extremely large. In addition, flyover videos and pictures supplement observations from ground monitoring by providing a very different and broader perspective .

Whaley says his drone is “a Quadcopter Phantom 3 by DJI. It weighs about six pounds and is the size of a two-slice toaster. It has a range of about 1.2 miles, can climb to about 1,640 feet, and stays active for about 25 minutes on a charge. It takes about a half hour to recharge the battery so I keep two on hand, charging one while the other is in use.”

The aircraft is somewhat weather sensitive. Whaley keeps it out of wet or snowy situations. Since it travels at a maximum speed of about 20 mph, you have to make sure it’s flying in winds much less than that. The GPS software will automatically return the drone to its starting point or zero in on an object you “told” it is “home”. It can hover, dip, turn, reverse, rise and fall and do other maneuvers depending on how the operator uses the two joystick controls on the command box.

The drone is best used in open areas without heavy tree cover or buildings. Consequently, it has limitations for some conservation purposes. But with more experience, Whaley is sure he’ll be able to maneuver the instrument into tighter and more remote places.

The Lake Wentworth Foundation is a key leader in developing the Lake Wentworth/Crescent Lake Watershed management plan and a steward of over 170 acres of conserved land within the watershed. It has set a goal of reducing the phosphorus in Wentworth and Crescent lakes by 15% in ten years and is pursuing conservation of additional high-impact parcels of land in the watershed. For years, LWF has provided support for water quality testing, milfoil treatment, and the lake host program led by the Lake Wentworth Association.

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Triggs Island, Stamp Act Island, Lake Wentworth, Crescent Lake

Information about the Foundation and its work is available on its website, www.lakewentworthfoundation.org or by contacting Karen Burnett-Kurie at 603-534-0222.

Event Marks Anniversary of Burning of Governor Wentworth Mansion

Governor Wentworth expert Frederick Foley will be at the Libby Museum, Saturday, September 12 to talk about the Libby’s exhibit on the Governor Wentworth mansion and commemorate the anniversary and details of the mansion’s burning .

Foley has spent a lifetime researching Governor WentwLibby Museumorth and he will be at the museum from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday to talk about what happened on that fateful day 95 years ago. Just look for the gentleman in the straw hat. He will also answer questions about the life of the governor and his relationship to our state as well as telling tales about the past of this famous person.

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The Libby Museum and Mr. Foley recently refurbished the Wentowrth exhibit to make it easier to view artifacts which include a roasting spit, a remnant of a Suffolk latch, Colonial nails probably made by a Wolfeboro blacksmith, a fireplace lintel probably imported from Scandanavia or Russia when the house was built, pottery shards from the family collections over the years, a 1769 marked brick from the original construction, brass coins and many other objects. Much of the Wentworth display is on loan to the Libby for the public to see. A poster has been added to the display called “Man and a Mansion”.

Do you know the story behind the naming of Wolfeboro as the “Oldest Summer Resort in America”? It is because of New Hampshire’s Colonial governor, John Wentworth, who built a summer residence on the shores of Lake Wentworth. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the history of Lake Wentworth.

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