Lakes Region Search and Rescue has recently received support from 3 different NH non-profits operating in the outdoor recreation space. Beyond the actual financial support, it’s encouraging to see this level of cooperation and mutual support among non-profits with intersecting missions. This type of cooperation speaks volumes about the strength and impact of outdoor recreation in the state along with the supportive community oriented mentality that those inhabiting that space promote.
As mentioned in a previous post, LRSAR received a grant to purchase a team litter through the New Hampshire Outdoor Council. As with most outdoor items right now, this litter was initially on backorder and was finally delivered this month. The Team was able to putt the litter to use last week for our annual spring training.
You can learn more about the NHOC, here
More recently, the team received a donation of $500 from the Belknap Range Trail Tenders. BRATTS, as they are affectionally called, is the primary organization responsible for the extensive network of hiking trails in the Belknap Range which is squarely in the middle of our area of response. Along with maintaining trails, the trail tenders also foster landowner relationships to secure and preserve access and promote recreation on Belknap Range trails through their redline patch program. This donation will be used to further outfit the team and increase team capabilities that will directly benefit hikers who enjoy the Belknap Range.
You can learn more about BRATTS, here
Finally, the Wonalancet Outdoor Club has donated 50 of their detailed Squam Range Maps for team member use for SAR purposes. The WODC has a long and storied history of trail building and maintenance as well as promotion of responsible outdoor recreation in the Sandwich Range. Beyond being a key navigational tool, their newly revised trail map shows incredible detail of the numerous peaks, trails and natural wonders to be explored in the Wonalancet area.
You can purchase this map for yourself and learn more about the WODC, here
The outdoor recreation opportunities that New Hampshire has to offer are largely the result of volunteers, advocates and non-profits who have made the effort to open and preserve land, build trails and educate the public, going all the way back to the founding of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and their work towards creating the White Mountain National Forest. The NHOC, WODC and BRATT’s are perfect examples of the organizations that currently operate in that space. As a newer organization, LRSAR is excited to join them as a peer organization and to share mutual support towards overlapping missions and goals in service of our local mountain communities. Thanks to all 3 of these organizations for all of the work they do as well as their recent direct support of our work!