Greg Wilder

November 18th, 2014 by Rebecca

Greg Wilder has collaborated with choreographers, filmmakers, theater companies and animators in a broad range of venues as composer, sound designer, programmer, and audio engineer. A conservatory-trained composer/pianist, music scientist and software engineer, Greg’s innovations have resulted in numerous international music-technology patents and the development of “Clio”, a music analysis system currently in use by leading companies throughout the music industry. Today, he is developing an open-source suite of music composition software tools capable of listening to and modeling existing sounds and musical structures in order to create new musical possibilities.

Alison Conard

November 18th, 2014 by Rebecca

Alison Conrad and Greg WilderAlison Conard is an artist working in digital media whose work explores the coalescence of sound and story. Her broad range of experiences includes PhD studies in music cognition at McGill University in Montréal, years spent writing for, performing with and producing the art-rock band Voodoo Economics, and marrying acousmatic music with moving images. She incorporates research in neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and cultural studies to create works infused with a deeply personal connection to the human endeavor on a grand scale.

Jim Surette

November 12th, 2014 by Rebecca

Jim SuretteJim is an award-winning cinematographer and photographer with over 20 years of experience in the adventure and action-sports industries. From Everest to Antarctica, Jim has explored every continent, operating cameras in some of the world’s most extreme environments. He’s filmed Discovery Channel’s hit show The Deadliest Catch, National Geographic’s Surviving Everest, and Matchstick Production’s ski film Claim. In 2010, Jim partnered with pro skier Chris Davenport to produce the independent ski documentary Australis: An Antarctic Ski Odyssey. Jim is a native of North Conway, NH, where he says he learned an appreciation for the mountains at an early age. More at:

Tract #59

December 5th, 2013 by Lindsay

Tract #59 consisted of several parcels in Benton, NH:

59: 6,168 acres

59 I: 600.45 acres

59 II: 61.44 acres

59 III: 101.83 acres

59 IV: 139.90 acres

Total acreage:  7,071.62 acres


The Land Value of Tract #59 was $20,970

1.      Virgin Spruce: 2%, 178 acres and valued at $3 per acre for $528*

2.      Culled Lands: 35%, 2,468 acres and valued at $3 per acre for $7,404

3.      Second-growth: 50%, 3,538 acres also at $3 per acre for $10,614

4.      Sub-alpine: 6%, 431 acres on Mount Moosilauke at $1 per acre for $431

5.      Cliff: 2%, 176 acres at $0.50 per acre for $88

6.      Abandoned farmland: 5%, 381 acres at $5 per acre for $1,905

Total Value for Land in the Appraisal: $20,970

* The amount for Virgin Spruce is in error and should be $534


The Timber Values of Tract #59 was $99,108:

1.      Pulpwood: 25,801 cords valued at $55,967.50

2.      Ash: 90,000 board feet valued at $1,740

3.      Paper Birch: 9,812 cords valued at $26,244

4.      Other Hardwoods: 9,265 cords valued at $15,156.50


Total land and timber value was $120,078 or $17 per acre


The US Government made an offer of $93,705.19 or $13.25 per acre for the 7,072 acres of land. Bertram Pike accepted the offer and the records indicate he and the Pike Woodlands Company were paid on January 2, 1914. Pike sold additional lands to the US Government over the next few years. Pike apparently felt that the government offer was fair market value.


I [David Govatski] computed the value of the purchase price and per acre cost in 1914 dollars compared with the value of 2013 dollars. In todays money the value would be $2,194,097.65 or $310.25 per acre.

E. Bertram Pike

December 4th, 2013 by Lindsay

E. (Edwin) Bertram Pike was born in Salem, MA on July 24, 1866. He graduated from St Johnsbury Academy with the Class of 1884. He took a commercial course at the New Hampton Commercial College and then entered the family business of the A. F. Pike Manufacturing Company at what was then known as Pike Station near Haverhill, NH.


Pike was a traveling salesman for the family business for several years and after it was incorporated as the Pike Manufacturing Company in 1889 he became superintendent of its factories and quarries.


Pike was a Republican and President of the Haverhill Republican Club for several years. He was a Representative from Haverhill, NH in the NH Legislature serving on the Appropriations and Forestry Committee.


Pike had a strong interest in forestry and was part of the forest conservation movement of that era. Early in 1903, Pike introduced a bill in the NH Legislature appropriating $5,000 for surveying forestry conditions in the White Mountains. The NH Forestry Commission would direct the work, but the federal Bureau of Forestry would do the actual survey work. This report became known as the Chittenden Report, after the name of the author Alfred K. Chittenden, and provided the facts about logging and forest fires that forestry advocates needed. The Chittenden Report was used to demonstrate why a national forest was needed to protect the White Mountain region.


December 4th, 2013 by Lindsay


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for the People: The Story of America’s Eastern National Forests. Island
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