Lake Winnipesaukee Luxury Home for Sale: Governors Island

lake winnipesaukee real estateWhat is on your checklist for your next Vacation Home. Sandy Beach? Open Water Views? Plenty of Bedrooms for Guests? Spacious Area to Entertain? Level Private Lot?  Stop Here!  As you enter the home you have a full service pub style bar off to the right and a family room to the left. The great room with a fireplace has open water views to Rattlesnake Island adding that perfect touch for a corporate party or family gathering. The kitchen has granite countertops and high end appliances and is perfectly situated to view the lake and guests . After you catch your breath the master bedroom suite is on the first floor, you have a total of 6 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms on just over 1 acre of perfectly manicured grounds. Ground level you have a family room and 2nd kitchen plus outdoor grilling area. The private beach has 125 feet of sugar sand beach and dock. Garage space, 2 car oversized attached garage plus 2 car detached garage. This executive home includes all amenities of Governors Island. Short drive to golf and ski areas.

For additional information on this home call Carl at 603-566-2386 or Four Seasons | Sotheby's International Realty at 1-603-677-7012 or e-mail at info@nhlakesproperty.com  or visit our website to view similar lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesproperty.com

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Gilmanton Iron Works, Home, Land, Views for Sale

front of home- 1a view from porch with barnSpectacular Views from this well-appointed, almost new, 2,900 square foot country home on 26 acres, 16 of which are open fields. View Deer, Turkey and an occasional Moose from this idyllic setting. Enjoy sunrises from the back of the home & sunsets from your front wrap around porch. Wonderful mountain views east & west. Gourmet kitchen has granite counter tops with a wood fi replace. The front to back living room has a wonderful fireplace. Wood floors up and down add to the warmth. The second floor features 3 large bedrooms and master with fi replace along with a huge east facing window overlooking mountain and village views. Also included is a year round, 4,500 square foot  barn/work shop.

This outstanding property offers total privacy and is an excellent location for a horse farm. Ideal commuter location to Concord, Manchester or the seacoast ..................................................................$495,000 For additional information on this home call Carl at  Four Seasons | Sotheby's International Realty at 1-603-677-7012 or e-mail at info@nhlakesproperty.com or visit our website to view similar lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesproperty.com

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Exotic Wildlife and Plants - OK to Enjoy, but Be Responsible!

The  popularity of having exotic plants and animals as pets is a trend that can potentially  put our native fish and wildlife habitats at risk. It is important for the  public to be aware that invasive fish and wildlife can disrupt the local  ecology and can out-compete native species. They should never be released.           Almost everyone  has found enjoyment in stopping to view a water garden or an aquarium at a  local restaurant or spa. There are local contractors that will come to your  home and install a peaceful, cascading waterfall that includes a pond liner,  pump and filter assembly. Many home improvement stores have ready-made kits for  you to install on your own.  These water  gardens add a very relaxing and aesthetically pleasing landscaping touch to a  home or business. We have a lovely "Planting for Wildlife"  habitat/pond area at the entrance to the Fish and Game Department in  Concord.  It's important to note that our  water garden does not include any invasive fish (in fact there are no fish at  all in it) or invasive plants.           When you add  fish to water gardens, it's another story that can go like this: It's summer;  the temperatures are hot and all seems wonderful. But in a few months, the  temperature will be falling.  What will  people who have added fish to their water gardens do with these fish when the  season changes?  I hope they are planning  ahead and have an environmentally safe plan for holding those exotic fish and  plants through the winter?  In many  cases, not having a plan or the logistics to store these fish appropriately  leads to a problem.  Understandably,  people become emotionally attached to these "pets."  If they cannot find alternatives to maintain  them, euthanization is unthinkable.  Many  times, these fish are released into local fire ponds at housing developments or  city parks.  Or worse, into local ponds  and streams!  This irresponsible action  can have devastating results, because some of these exotic fish or ornamental  plants and animals that people enjoy looking at in their aquariums or water  gardens have become aquatic nuisance species problems, disrupting the native  plant and animal communities. Invasive wildlife can disrupt the local ecology  and can out-compete native species due to higher tolerance to poor water  quality and/or high reproductive rates.         Another  scenario: Most families I know have at some point enjoyed an aquarium for pet  fish.  It is easy to understand the  popularity of this practice, because of the peace, tranquility and relaxation  that they provide. Many parents use aquarium fish to teach their children the  responsibility of pet ownership prior to purchasing a dog or cat. But what  happens to these exotic fish when once-responsible owners, with good  intentions, no longer have the interest in caring for them?  When circumstances change and someone is  forced to move to a new location where having these pets is not an option,  where do these fish end up?

Just recently,  I received a call about a fish kill at White's Park Pond in Concord.  Having grown up in Concord myself, I knew  exactly what pond the park manager was referring to.  In fact, I remember visiting this very pond on my bicycle to  enjoy these fish myself.  When exactly? I  won't tell, to prevent from revealing my age! When I arrived at scene of the  recent incident, I observed what I anticipated.   A shallow pond with an unusually high number of (overpopulated with)  goldfish, koi and bluegill, crowding the perimeter of the pond guarding  spawning nests.  Having enjoyed the  White's Park Pond fish experience in the past, I was saddened to see what was  happening.

My  professional career has blessed me enough to allow me to work with fish every  day.  I chose this career because I  believe in conservation of New Hampshire fish and wildlife resources. Years  ago, I never would have put much thought into how these fish may have gotten  there, and certainly wasn't aware of the risk these fish were presenting. But  the fact is, many of these exotic species are present due to the acts of people  with big hearts, good intentions or people who are simply unaware of the damage  it can cause. As a long time dog and aquarium owner myself, I would never  condemn anyone for loving their pets. Unfortunately, there is no shelter for fish  to reside until adoption, if the original owner can no longer care for them.

Koi and  goldfish are exotic species that must not get into state waters.  One reason is that koi and goldfish can  present a health risk to native fish species. Ornamental fish raised in  captivity have developed resistance to certain diseases, due to the typically  stress free environment of an artificial setting. Koi and goldfish that appear  healthy can be carriers of pathogens such as Koi Herpes Virus (KHV) and Spring  Viremia of Carp Virus (SVCv). SVCv, in particular, can cause serious problems  in wild baitfish populations. Many of our wild and native fishes have never  been exposed to some of these emerging pathogens. Therefore, many of our wild  fishes have never had the opportunity to develop an immune resistance to these  potential diseases. This is why all baitfish and fish being imported for  aquaculture must pass a pathological inspection prior to an import being  approved.

The New  Hampshire Fish and Game Department, by Administrative Rules, lists all  ornamental or aquarium fish as "non-controlled" provided they remain in a  "closed system." These same rules prohibit the release of any fish and wildlife  without a permit so to do.  Some other  states, Maine, for example, prohibit the possession of koi completely. Please  help us protect the natural resources of New Hampshire by being conscious of  the fact that those plants and animals you enjoy in your water garden or  aquarium are illegal to release into the wild, where they threaten native  wildlife.         For more  information on disposing of unwanted aquarium and pond plants and animals,  visit wildnh.com   By Jason M. Smith,   Chief, Inland Fisheries Division, N.H. Fish and Game Department

Help Improve the Survival of Angler-released Marine Fish - Angler:Port Meeting NH

F_and_G_logo_gif DURHAM, N.H. -- Learn how you personally can help improve  our marine fisheries by discussing best handling practices when releasing fish,  and find out how anglers on other coasts are improving survival of  angler-released fish, at an "Angler:Port" meeting set for June 20,  2013, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Rd,  Portsmouth, N.H. The meeting is being jointly hosted by NOAA Fisheries Service  and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

At the meeting, you will be able to provide your ideas  about how to best handle the fish you intend to release to fisheries managers  and scientists.  Also, learn about the  latest techniques, such as recompression devices, that may improve the survival  of the deep-water fish you release.

The Port Meeting will demonstrate methods and released  devices being use on the west, south Atlantic, and Gulf of Mexico coasts. Some  devices will be provided for examination and several interesting videos will be  shown on ways to reduce barotrauma effects (the effects on deep water caught  fish, that when raised to the surface, have extended gas filled eyes, bladder,  and esophagus).  These effects will not  let them swim back down when released at the surface, and thus cause high  release mortality.

You'll also hear about the Fish Smart and Best Practices  programs, which are angling community programs to understand and enhance fish  release survival, promote careful release, and implement best release  practices.

Directions to the Urban Forestry Center: From I-95, take Exit 5 to the Portsmouth  Traffic Circle.  From the Circle, take  Rte. 1 Bypass south. This will merge into Rte. 1 South. Proceed about 2 miles  through a series of five lights.  At the  next set of lights you should be in the left turn only lane. Turn left onto  Elwyn Road.  Take the first left turn  into the Urban Forestry Center road to the parking lot.

Taken from the NH Fish and Game Website

NH Lakes Real Estate, Pemigewasset Luxury Lakefront Home

Pemigewasset Lakefront real estate Pemigewasset Lakefront home on 25 private acres

Meredith NH Rarely does a property with this level of privacy and quality come on the market. Situated on 25 acres with 1150 feet of waterfront on Lake Pemigewasset, this custom home blends an Adirondack feel with a Cape Cod inspired design. The open concept floor plan is centered around the center stone chimney that is visible on all three floors. On the main floor you have a stone fireplace on one side and a gas bee hive oven on the kitchen side. The cooks kitchen features commercial grade appliances with granite counter-tops and extensive custom cabinetry. Throughout the home you have Brazilian mahogany floors with in-floor radiant heating. Fixtures and vanities are all custom as well. The master suite has a beautiful walk-in tile shower with glass surround and separate soaking tub. The exterior of the home features a mahogany wrap around porch, large stone patio, volleyball court and fire pit. A Perfect spot for kayaking, fishing and enjoying all the nature has  to offer. 15 minutes to Meredith. Skiing - Golf - Hiking - Restaurants - Shopping are all within a short drive of this fantastic property.  Manchester and Boston Airports are 50 minutes and 1.5 hours away. For additional information on this home call Four Seasons | Sotheby's International Realty at 1-603-677-7012 or e-mail at info@nhlakesproperty.com or visit our website to view similar lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesproperty.com

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NH Executive Home For Sale, Wolfeboro NH Real Estate

Wolfeboro NH Real Estate 13,000 Square Foot Executive Home on 53 private acres

Wolfeboro NH Executive Estate on 53 Acres Talk about potential! This magnificent home is also one of the best values out there. This 13,000 square foot executive home could be use as your family get away, executive retreat or a possible training center for your business.  Where else can you get this quality at $169 a square foot to use as private home for a very large family, corporate retreat, horse property etc. etc. Every bedroom is a suite with bath and all are very large. A stunning marble kitchen opening to a dining area and family room with a fireplace is welcoming with views to the mountain out back. The colossal foyer makes a real statement when you first enter this home. A caretaker's apt or in-law is attached and has its own 2 car garage. There are 3 laundry rooms and the house is about 120' long. Sited on 53 acres, it is bounded by a brook that goes into 3000 acre Lake Wentworth. If you are looking for privacy and a large estate property with this kind of value you can't find a better one than this.  Golf - Hiking - Skiing - Shopping - Restaurants - Museums - Theater are all close by.  Manchester Regional Airport is 45 minutes away and you can be in Boston in less than 1.5 hours.

For additional information on this home call Four Seasons | Sotheby's International Realty at 1-603-677-7012 or e-mail at info@nhlakesproperty.com or visit our website to view  homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesproperty.com

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New Wildlife Management Area Open to Public in Wakefield NH

WAKEFIELD, N.H. - A new, 122-acre  Wildlife Management Area on Marsh Road in Wakefield has been conserved through  the collaborative work of N.H. Fish and Game, Moose Mountains Regional  Greenways, the Town of Wakefield Conservation Commission and the Society for  the Protection of N.H. Forests.

N.H. Fish and Game acquired the  property to protect its outstanding wildlife and water resources, and to  provide the public with recreational opportunities such as hunting, fishing,  hiking and nature study.  Conserving the  property brings protection to more than a mile of shoreline on the Branch River  and Union Meadows.

"The Branch River is home to the  bridle shiner, a state threatened species, and the lower stretch of the river  along the property is great waterfowl habitat, as is all of Union  Meadows," said Rich Cook, a N.H. Fish and Game land agent. "This property has  been identified in the state's Wildlife Action Plan as the  highest ranked habitat in the State by ecological condition."

Town of Wakefield Conservation  Commissioners Dave Mankus and Peter Kasprzyk worked with the landowner, who  expressed an interest in conserving the property and offered to sell it at  below market value.

"Folks on the  Wakefield Conservation Commission worked very hard to make this project happen,"  Mankus said. "We negotiated with the landowner and lined up surveys and  appraisals, wrote grants, and did much of the work it takes to complete a  project of this size.  We are very happy  that it is now over the finish line."

WSFR ProgramFunds for the purchase came from a  variety of sources.  Moose Mountains  Regional Greenways helped write grants to raise funds for the purchase of the  property and also contributed more than $18,000 from its own conservation fund  to cover expenses for surveys, appraisals and legal work.  Other funders were N.H. Fish and Game, which  allocated $100,000 of federal Wildlife Restoration funds to the purchase; the  Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), which awarded a $50,000  grant for the project; and the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP),  which provided $4,000.

Designating the property a Wildlife  Management Area permanently protects it from future development. 'When you walk  in off the Marsh Road entrance you are very quickly in a different  world, high on a natural gravel berm deposited by the glaciers, with the Branch  River rushing by below.  It is a truly  special property and now it will remain available for the public to enjoy  forever," said Keith Fletcher, Director of Land Conservation for Moose  Mountains Regional Greenways.

The Society for the Protection of  New Hampshire Forests acted on behalf of Fish and Game to acquire the  property.  But Forest Society land  protection land specialist Mike Speltz, who brought the deal to completion,  credited the landowners for making the project happen.  "In the end it was the generosity of Ginny  Harding and her friend Flora Belle Weber, and their love for this land, that  made this possible," Speltz said.

First-ever N.H. High School Bass Fishing Tournament Is Big Success, 2013

NHIAA_bass_GilfordHS_13CONCORD, N.H. -- An exciting new high school sports  competition - a student bass  fishing tournament -  took place  in New Hampshire yesterday, and from the looks of pride on the kids' faces, the day was a big success.  This year, 136 students  from 44 New Hampshire schools took part.

The New Hampshire  Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA)  conducted the event, with assistance from the N.H. Fish and Game Department,  on May 9, 2013, at Lee's  Mills in Moultonborough, NH on Lake Winnipesaukee. This year's event was a trial tournament (therefore limited in  scope), as the NHIAA and schools prepare for full implementation during the  2013-2014 academic year.

Individual medals were awarded for the largest total  catch (four fish maximum) and for the largest largemouth and largest smallmouth  bass caught.

The event included a strong educational component. Teams  had adult mentors who guided them through the process of learning about New  Hampshire's aquatic resources and the responsibility that goes along with being  anglers.

"We are excited that scholastic sports and the  angling community came together to create this opportunity for students  to set the foundation for a lifelong outdoor activity," said Karina Walsh,  who coordinates the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Let's Go Fishing  Program. Walsh and N.H. Fish and Game Fisheries Biologist Gabe Gries served on  the NHIAA Bass Fishing Committee and  provided logistical and volunteer  support for this event.

Additional information about the tournament can be found  on the NHIAA website at nhiaa.org.

The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association is  a private not for profit organization that has served as the leader of high  school athletics for its member schools in New Hampshire since 1947. The  student bass fishing tournament is in keeping with the NHIAA goals of adding  sports that will have lifelong appeal to student athletes and providing more  sports that are coed and inclusive to all populations within our schools.

Taken from the NH Fish and Game Website

Southdown Shores Condo for Sale on Lake Winnipesaukee

lake winnipesaukee condo for sale Beaches - Tennis - Marina - Walking Trails

Laconia NH Private setting Large 3 plus bedroom with 3 bathrooms open concept Colonial. Tastefully decorated with good quality features, updated kitchen, granite countertops.  Enjoy the warmed of the fireplace after a day of skiing at Gunstock or the large screened porch for early morning coffee prior to heading down to the beach or marina.  First Floor Bedroom  or Office with a bathroom. VERY Private Unit. 5 minute walk to Beach and Marina. You will enjoy this gorgeous well kept gated community. Much to do in Summer and Winter.  Walking trails - Tennis - Beaches - Club house - Skiing and Hiking close by - Great restaurants and outlet shopping are minutes away.  Listed by Paula Hinckley

For additional information on this home call Four Seasons | Sotheby's International Realty at 1-603-677-7012 or e-mail at info@nhlakesproperty.com or visit our website to view similar lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesproperty.com

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Invasive Beetle Survey Finds Infestation Along Merrimack River, NH


Concord NH A survey is now underway in Concord, to determine how far an infestation of invasive beetles has spread. The Emerald Ash Borer has been detected in trees up and down the Merrimack River in Concord. But so far the survey has not found any of the pests outside of a six-mile radius of the city.

There are 25 million ash trees in New Hampshire, found mostly in western and Northern counties. They make up about 6 percent of the state's forests. But so far, the beetle that has decimated forests in the Midwest, has only been discovered in and around Concord

The city has been divided into quarter mile squares. In each square, surveyors try to find two ash trees within a quarter mile radius. On a plot out on the heights, just past the Steeplegate Mall, Adam Taschereau and Randy Marcotte with the Division of Forested Lands searched for trees to survey.

"That's white oak, that's white oak, and that's not Ash," says Taschereau, surveying the trees.

It's not always easy to find Ash, as these surveyors will tell you. In Concord the trees tend to be clustered along the Merrimack, because "hey kind of want their feet a little wet" according to Marcotte.

There aren't any in this plot, but when surveyors find trees, the next step is to take some branches. Sawyers take limbs from near the crown of the tree, since the Ash borer infests from the top and work their way down. The logs are brought to a warehouse where officials and volunteers peel back the bark.

"We're stripping the bark off in layers and sections so that we don't miss something like this. If we just peeled all the bark back we might miss some of the young galleries," says Cheryl Smith from the UNH cooperative extension, who's helping out today.

A gallery is the sinuous, winding path, eaten under the bark by the beetle larva. It looks a bit like a winding river as seen from a satellite.

Plenty of infested trees have been discovered. Kyle Lombard, of the division of Forested Lands, briefs Governor Hassan on where they are, during a visit to the Ash Borer survey headquarters. "So far with about half the

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR
Kyle Lombard from Division of Forested Lands shows where EAB has been detected, mostly along the Merrimack River points completed, we have about a three mile stretch right along the river, that we have infested trees. So we can't find anything out here, can't find anything out here, but we have found stuff really tight to the river. Which is expected because that's where all the ash is."

For the better part of this month officials have been conducting this 3-mile radius survey around the first tree discovered. It should be finished by the end of this week, and that's important because in May, the borer larva will emerge as beetles and take flight looking for new trees to infest. So if officials are going to slow the insect's spread, they have to act fast.

Even as the survey around Concord is happening, land-owners are calling in to tell officials about suspect trees, besieged by woodpeckers.

Lombard heads out to Hopkinton to check on one. "It's outside of the six mile radius, which makes us nervous so we're going to cut it down just to see what it is," he explains, "We're hoping that it's just native wood-borers, but if it isn't then it's a game-changer." If it is Emerald Ash Borer, the survey will have to be reset, widening it's scope.

Lombard and a colleague fell the tree quickly, and the second it's down, Lombard is on it, peeling off the bark.

"That's native," he says eying a distinctly different boring pattern.

An ash tree felled in Hopkinton was plagued by bark beetles, not Emerald Ash borer. So far the beetles have only been found in Concord An ash tree felled in Hopkinton was plagued by bark beetles, not Emerald Ash borer. So far the beetles have only been found in Concord

False alarm, on this tree. But the extent of the borer infestation is still to be determined.