Berlin named "Landowner of the Year" by state Trails Bureau


May 15, 2013
BERLIN — Mayor Paul Grenier will be at the Jericho Mountain State Park at 10 a.m. on Thursday morning to accept the "Landowner of the Year" award on behalf of the City from state Trails Bureau chief Chris Gamache. The award was announced on Saturday, May 4, at the 2013 New Hampshire Snowmobile Association (NHSA) meeting, held this year at the Spa Restaurant on Route 3 in Stewartstown.

"The City of Berlin has taken extraordinary steps in the last few years to protect its snowmobile trails, working with developers to ensure that connectivity is maintained," Gamache explained in a Saturday morning interview in Pittsburg. He praised the City Council, the Planning Board, city officials and city employees for their proactive efforts to keep the city snowmobile and OHRV friendly by securing trail easements across privately owned properties, such as the former Burgess pulp mill site, to enhance recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike.

Gamache will present the award to Grenier in front of a delegation of state representatives who serve on the 20-member House Resources, Recreation and Development Committee, chaired by Shannon Chandley of Amherst. Rep. Yvonne Thomas of Berlin serves on the committee.

House Committee members will have a chance to ride ATVs during their time at Jericho, Gamache said, and to gain an understanding of the growing importance of motorized sport as well as the challenges of developing the state's newest park.

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