GRANT MONEY WILL PROTECT REDSTONE

by Christian Mower on July 30, 2013

THE TOWN OF CONWAY WILL USE SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS TO BETTER PROTECT AND PRESERVE HISTORIC SECTIONS OF REDSTONE, INCLUDING THE FORMER ROCK QUARRY.

THE TOWN APPLIED FOR AND HAS ACCEPTED A GRANT OF $5,000 FROM THE GIBSON-WOODBURY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION. THE FOUNDATION WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2010 TO SUPPORT THE IDEALS OF ITS FOUNDERS – HARVEY D. AND HELEN W. GIBSON AND WENDELL D AND EVELYN S. WOODBURY – TO ENHANCE THE VITALITY AND WELLNESS OF ALL MOUNT WASHINGTON VALLEY RESIDENTS THROUGH CHARITABLE GIVING TO NON-PROFITS.

CONWAY SELECTMEN FORMALLY ACCEPTED THE GRANT MONEY JULY 23, 2013.

ROB ADAIR CHAIRS THE CONWAY CONSERVATION COMMISSION, THAT OVERSEES MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. HE SAYS THE MONEY WILL BE USED TO PUT UP A FEW GATES – INTERPRETIVE AND DIRECTIONAL SIGNS – AND TO BUILD A SMALL BRIDGE OVER A BOG. THE AREA IS ABOUT 450 ACRES AND EXTENDS FROM THE EDGE OF PUDDIN’ POND OFF NORTH SOUTH ROAD EAST TO THE QUARRY.

IT’S STATE-OWNED PROPERTY THAT WAS ORIGINALLY SET ASIDE AS SO-CALLED “MITIGATION LAND” IF THE STATE HAD BUILT THE CONWAY BYPASS AS ORIGINALLY INTENDED. NOW THE TOWN OF CONWAY HAS AGREED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR MANAGING IT.

ADAIR’S COMMISSION OVERSEES A COALITION OF GROUPS THAT HAVE AN INTEREST IN USING AND PROTECTING THE AREA, INCLUDING THE WHITE MOUNTAIN CHAPTER OF THE NEW ENGLAND MOUNTAIN BIKING ASSOCIATION, THE REDSTONE HISTORIC COMMITTEE AND THE MOUNTAIN MEADOW SNOWMOBILE RIDERS CLUB.

HISTORIAN AND AVID BIKE RIDER STEVE SWENSON HAS FREQUENTLY EXPRESSED HIS CONCERN ABOUT LACK OF SECURITY IN THE AREA THAT’S ALLOWED PILFERAGE OF MACHINERY AND OTHER ARTIFACTS FROM THE QUARRY.

ADAIR – WHO HAS LIVED IN THE VALLEY AREA FOR ABOUT 25 YEARS – SAYS GETTING THE GRANT MONEY IS “FANTASTIC.”

HE SAYS THE AREA BASICALLY NEEDS A LITTLE SPRUCING UP AND IT WILL THEN BE QUITE AN ASSET TO THE TOWN OF CONWAY. THE PLAN IS TO HAVE THE WORK DONE WITHIN TWO YEARS, CULMINATING IN CONWAY’S 250TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION IN 2015.

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