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Northcountry News 9-13-13

Northcountry News 9-13-13

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The Northcountry News is a bi-weekly paper serving approx. 10,000 people in over 40 communities in the Western White Mountains Region of NH and the Upper Connecticut River Valley of both NH and VT
The Northcountry News is a bi-weekly paper serving approx. 10,000 people in over 40 communities in the Western White Mountains Region of NH and the Upper Connecticut River Valley of both NH and VT

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This is a wonderful little bird to watch. It’ s called a Semipalmated Plover and was seen in alocal pond recently. It has been seen swimming short distances across small water channelsduring foraging while on migration. Chicks also swim short distances to follow parents to small islets on shallow lakes. The Semipalmated Plover is the most common plover seen on migrationin most areas. The term "semipalmated" refers to its partly webbed feet. A group of plovers hasmany collective nouns, including a "brace", "congregation", "deceit", "ponderance" and "wing" of plovers - Duane Cross Photo. (www.duanecrosspics.com)
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Berman’s Bits........................A4Pic of the Week..........................A4Real Estate .............................B3North Country Happenings....A8Earth Talk................................A9Northcountry Cookin’..............A12Adventures of Homesteading....A14Keeping Each Other Well.............A14- PULL OUT SECTION B -Hiking W/Tom & Atticus ........B1Letters & Opinions............B2,B3Restaurant Guide....................B4Puzzles.....................................B5Comics.....................................B6Classified Ads.........................B7Business Directory.........B8-B15Church Directory.....................B8
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Setting The Record Straight: The FutureOf Moose In NH Is Uncertain______________ 
The status of New Hampshire'smoose population has been get-ting a great deal of attentionlately, as public awarenessgrows regarding the impact of winter tick and other challengesfacing moose populationsacross the country.While New Hampshire's region-al moose populations are indeedfacing some serious threats,they are not on the verge of dis-appearing from the GraniteState landscape, says longtimemoose biologist Kristine Rinesof the New Hampshire Fish andGame Department. Many fac-tors affect New Hampshire'smoose population, and newresearch has been initiated thisyear to get more concrete infor-mation on exactly what is hap- pening. To help set the recordstraight, the Department posed aseries of questions to Rinesabout the future of our moose,one of the state's most iconicwildlife species.
Are moose about to disappearfrom the New Hampshirelandscape?Rines:
In the short term no; inthe long-term, we don't know.However, many of the numbersI've seen reported recently onthe moose population have beenincorrect. The peak populationfor moose in New Hampshirewas in about 1996, when we had7,600 moose in the state.Currently our moose populationstands at about 4,400 animals.The public set the goals for themoose population through a public participation process.(For more information, see the
 Story continues on page A3
 By Heather Bryant, Regional Field Specialist, Fooand Agriculture
Growing tomatoes outdoors is achallenge, particularly for grow-ers who prefer to minimize theuse of pesticides, because thereare a number of fungal diseasesthat attack tomatoes. Anyonegrowing tomatoes or potatoes in2009 probably remembers thechallenge we had with late blight, the same disease thatcaused the Irish Potato Famine.And in wet years like this one,early blight and septoria leaf spot can also become major challenges. But tomatoes aremy favorite food so when NewHampshire growers expressedan interest in seeing moreresearch on the subject, I andtwo other Extension staff,Becky Sideman and OliviaSaunders jumped on board.Since 2009, a number of vari-eties advertised as late blightand early blight resistant havecome on the market. Two stud-ies conducted in 2012 in NewYork*, showed that some of 
 Story continues on page A3
 
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those varieties had promise. Mycolleagues and I chose 7 of themost promising, shortest seasonvarieties from those trials to tryin New Hampshire. We wrote asmall grant proposal to NewEngland Vegetable and BerryGrowers Association and cameup with a plan to take the 7 newvarieties and compare them to anon-resistant variety that doeswell in our climate. I’ve beengetting a lot of questions thissummer about genetically mod-ified crops so in case you arewondering, the new varieties arenot genetically modified, theyare the result of traditional plant breeding.One of the challenges for farm-ers and gardeners in NH is thatgrowing conditions vary widelyfrom one end of the state to theother. So to make sure we gotthe best possible information wedecided to run the trial simulta-neously in three different loca-tions; Durham, Ossipee and North Haverhill. The GraftonCounty Farm and I have collab-orated on a number of trials over the last few years and they pro-vided the land and the equip-ment for the North Haverhillsite. The Carroll County Farmand UNH’s Woodman ResearchFarm agreed to host the other two sites, and we were in busi-ness.Or, we thought we were in busi-ness, until it started raining.And kept raining. Some fields puddled, and the plants startedto look a little yellow. But,okay. Rain equals disease pres-sure and we are trying to seehow the new varieties wouldstand up to disease, right?Right, but for a while there itwas looking like the pressurewould be a little too great.Things got better, I’m happy toreport. Once the rain slowed,the plants recovered. And, weare seeing enough disease togather data on resistance, but sofar not enough to kill the plants.We haven’t had late blight yeteither, which would force us tokill the plants ourselves to pro-tect area farms.I would guess we are close to peak production in most sites,with enough green fruit left onthe plants to see how they racefrost and disease. Stay tunedthis winter when we post theresults on our research report page,https://extension.unh.edu/Grower-Resources/Research-Reports
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 N.H. Big Game ManagementPlan athttp://www.wildnh.com/Hunting/Hunting_PDFs/NH_Big_Game_Plan_FINAL.pdf.) A lot of that downward trend hasoccurred because peoplerequested fewer moose. Why?The primary driver for the pub-lic desire for fewer moose has been to reduce moose-vehiclecollisions. These encounters arenow down to about 170 per year; from 1996 to 2002 theaverage number of moose killed by vehicles in New Hampshirewas well above 200 (225-265 per year). However, other formsof moose mortality appear to beon the increase.
Are moose numbers downthroughout the state?Rines:
We're most concernedabout the White Mountains andcentral New Hampshire, wherewe have seen pretty significantreductions in recent years (since2007), even with reduced num- bers of moose hunt permits being issued. We believe theseareas are likely being hit withthe double whammy of bothwinter tick and brainworm (a parasite that deer can transmit, but are unaffected by). In other  parts of the state, theConnecticut Lakes Region is atgoal while the North region isslightly below goal, as is theSoutheast region. Southwest New Hampshire remains belowgoal.
People say they are not seeingas many moose in the NorthCountry as they used to. Isthis because moose numbersare down?Rines:
Yes, in part. But at pres-ent, moose are at goal in theConnecticut Lakes Region andalso in two of the three units thatmake up the North region. Wehope we’ll be able to maintain
 Story continues on page A6 
Setting The Record Straight: The FutureOf Moose In NH Is Uncertain______________ 
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