FOP July 16, 2016 Workday

07/16/2016 - 9:00am
07/16/2016 - 2:00pm
Etc/GMT-4

This Saturday, July 16th, the Friends of Pisgah are meeting at the Horseshoe trailhead in Chesterfield at 9:00 am.  The plan is to build a 6' x 18' viewing platform at the edge of a large bog and blue heron rookery located where the old Southwoods bridges were removed last month.  Concrete will be mixed to form the frame supports.

Bring bug spray, water, lunch, gloves and. if desired. your own tools.

Upper Reservoir Road Closed until Further Notice

The NH Trails Bureau has been working on repairs of the Upper Reservoir Road since Monday. Signs have been posted reading "Upper Res. Rd. Under Repair CLOSED M-TH 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m."   The parking is very limited at end of Lower Reservoir Road.

Whip Newell, Park Manager
Pisgah State Park
520 Old Chesterfield Road
Winchester, NH 03470
Land line: 603-239-8153
Cell: 603-419-0489

New South Woods Bridge Completed - June 18, 2016

A whole host of volunteers turned out for the Friends of Pisgah work day on Saturday to build the new South Woods Trail bridge, open the new bypass pathway, and dismantle three old spans nearby.

Thanks to a concerted effort over six hours, the work was completed. Now the new bypass is open to the public. Temporary signs are in place directing trekkers through the new route.

This new bridge and the bypass adds to the restoration effort on the South Woods Trail that has been underway now since last summer, when a longer span was completed well to the east. There is more work to be done on the path, including the installation of a viewing platform at the edge of a heron marsh where the old bridges were located. But now the South Woods Trail is in the best condition it has been in for many years.

Kim Nilsen

Summer 2016 Newsletter Posted

The Summer 2016 edition of Update the Friends of Pisgah newsletter has been posted.  Click the Newsletter tab to check it out.

FOP is Building a New Bridge on the South Woods Trail

06/18/2016 - 10:00am
06/18/2016 - 2:00pm
Etc/GMT-4

It's bridge building time, once again. Come join Friends of Pisgah volunteers on Saturday, June 18th, to create a new 23-foot span and ramp over a beaver-flowage stream on the South Woods Trail in Pisgah State Park.

The new bridge will be put together on a new pathway bypass on the northern leg of the South Woods Trail, a bypass that does away with three rundown spans in the vicinity.

On Wednesday, volunteers managed to put in the foundation sills and set in place two 23-foot laminated beams and screwed them in place. These "stringers" are the underpinnings of the bridge. Since they are in place, building the deck and railings should go quickly and everyone should be able to pitch in right away.

The old bridges will be dismantled nearby so the materials can be taken out and some of it reused in other places.

The work day on the 18th will start at the Horseshoe Road parking lot at 10 a.m. It's a mile walk down to the job site. The last time we built a bridge, more than a dozen folks came along to help. Let's see if we can increase that number and have some fun while doing something wonderful for Pisgah.

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Kim Nilsen

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - April 16, 2016

John Herrick, Jon Knickerbocker, Sherisa Sterling, Gary Montgomery, Matt Edson and his ATV, Jack Kondos, Abe and Gabe Howe, Tom Haynes and John Hudachek met at the Horseshoe trail head in Chesterfield Saturday, April 16th to work on the trails for the upcoming May 14th Friends of Pisgah Run in the Park.

Branches and trees across Winchester Road and the Reservoir Trail were cleared.  Much of the work done involved cleaning culverts and water bars allowing water to flow off of the trails.

Everyone was back at their vehicles before 2:00.  Thanks to all for a very productive work day!

John Hudachek

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - February 20, 2016

Our decision to postpone our February trail maintenance from February 13th to the 20th turned out to be a good one.  A crew of eleven, David Weisel, Abe, Gabe and Sam Howe, Matt Edson, Iva Wood, Krister Raasoch and dogs Art and Harry, John Hudachek, John Herrick, Jim Schofield and Kim Nilsen met at 10 am at the Kilburn trail head with the goal of building a bridge on the west side of the Kilburn loop.  The day started with bright skies in the 30’s and finished at 57 F.
 
Matt Edson and John Herrick picked up the building materials from Hamshaw’s the previous Saturday.  John Herrick, his snowmobile and Kim Nilsen transported the materials down Kilburn Pond to the bank close to the bridge site the Monday before the workday.  

After hiking to the work site with tools the crew worked efficiently and had the bridge completed by 1:00 pm.  We even made a step with leftover materials.

We hiked back to the trail head and were leaving by 2:00 pm.  

Thanks to all for a very productive work day!

John Hudachek

Pisgah Timber Harvest On Hold

Due to the unusually warm and wet weather this winter the timber harvest at Pisgah has been put on hold until the conditions are more suitable, possibly not until dry weather next summer.  Find the latest updates at: http://www.nhstateparks.org/news-and-events/projects/pisgah-timber-harvest.aspx

Thanks!

Inge Seaboyer
Forester III
NH Div. of Forests & Lands
Forest Management Bureau

November 2015 Trail Maintenance at FOP Dort Property

On Saturday, November 14th at 10:00 am the Friends of Pisgah met to install a 20 foot 18" diameter culvert near the lean-to they constructed two years ago on the Friends of Pisgah Dort property in Chesterfield.
John Herrick used his tractor to lower the culvert into the ditch he had dug the previous week. Iva Wood, Art Susmann, Kim Nilson, Jon Knickerbocker, David Weisel and John Hudachek moved stones around the ends of the culvert to hold it place while John covered the culvert. We envision this will dry the wet area on the trail to the lean-to that was always soggy to walk through.
After the culvert was installed we hiked to a new vista John has opened that looks north toward Chesterfield Village. After a lunch behind some rocks to escape the wind we clear a trail from this vista to the trail connecting the lean-to to the Davis Hill trail.
John Hudachek
Click here to view photos by John Herrick

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - December 12, 2015

10 volunteers, Kim Nilson, Jon Knickerbocker, David Weisel, Matt Edson and his ATV, John Herrick and his tractor, Abe and Gabe Howe, Krister Raasoch and dogs Art and Harry, Doug Favreau and dog Hermes and John Hudachek and Pisgah State Park Manager Whip Newell met on a warm Saturday, December 12th at 10 am at the Kilburn trailhead in Hinsdale. The goal of the day was to clear as many culverts and trails as possible.

We split into four groups.

David, John Hudachek, Doug and Hermes hiked the Kilburn loop opening all culverts. We also removed all branches and trees from the trail including three 8"-12" diameter trees that we cut with handsaws. Lunch break was taken on a sunny rock overlooking a pond on the southeast side of the loop. We returned to the parking lot at 2:20 pm.

John Herrick, his tractor and Whip drove down to the Kilburn loop where they were last seem ditching a pond in the trail.

Matt, Abe and Gabe drove the ATV up the Davis Hill and Hubbard Hill trails returning via Reservoir Trail and Baker Pond trails.

Kim, Jon Knickerbocker, Krister, Art and Harry drove up to the Horseshoe trailhead where they cleaned culverts and trails.

Thanks to all for a very productive work day!

John Hudachek

Click here to view photos by John Herrick