Events


When Where What
Sunday,
Jan. 28th, 2018
9:45am-Noon
Harold R. Rafton Reservation AVIS 49th Annual Snowshoe and/or Hiking Event: 9:45 am—meet for the 10 AM to 12 noon outing. Park near the leaf composting area on High Plain Rd. No registration, No pets. Hike if no snow, rain cancels. Leader: David Dargie, 978-996-4475 david@dargie.com) and Assistant Leaders Ken Doran and Mark Kaluzny. (Previous years had Cross-Country Skiing, this year we will only have Snowshoeing).
Sunday,
Feb. 11th, 2018
5:45 pm
Goldsmith Woodlands Family Moonlight Snowshoe and/or Hiking Event: Meet at 5:45 pm for the 6 pm outing. Bring a headlamp or flashlight and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate around a campfire in the woods. Park in front of #491 S. Main St. at the Goldsmith Woodlands entrance. No registration. No pets. Hike if no snow, rain cancels. Leader: David Dargie 978-996-4475 david@dargie.com and Assistant Leaders Ken Doran and Mark Kaluzny. (Previous years had Cross-Country Skiing, this year we will only have Snowshoeing).
Tuesday,
March 13th, 2018
6:00pm
Old Town Hall
20 Main St, Andover
AVIS Annual Dinner and Meeting: Please join us for another evening of conversation and food. Our speaker this year is Jon Honea, Andover Conservation Commissioner and Professor at Emerson University. Dr. Honea's research focuses on the influence of environmental change, including restoration and climate change, on species, populations, and communities of organisms. He teaches courses in ecology and conservation, sustainability science, water resource use, environmental economics, and science communication. He will present information about the removal of dams from the Shawsheen River with an emphasis on the return of alewifes and other fish to the upper river.
2017 Annual Meeting
Apr. 5th, 2017
Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street, Andover AVIS Annual Dinner and Meeting: Guest Speaker - Rusty Russell, Director of the Merrimack River Watershed Council. Topic: Strangers in a Strange Land—Habitat and Water Conservation at the Dawn of a New Era (Slides... PDF) Mr. Russell recounted the river's major triumphs over the past four decades citing the extensive improvement in water quality (MRWC was founded in 1976, the year Jimmy Carter became president). He also highlighted some of the major threats the river continues to face, some of which are likely to intensify in the coming decades with cuts in financing for programs. He pointed to two important risks the river faces, combined sewer overflow and extensive pollution from storm water runoff. Mr. Russell concluded by saying that the MRWC will begin a water quality testing program once the funding is identified. See photo below.

Photos from Past Events