Meet at the Kilburn Trailhead on Route 63 in Hinsdale Saturday, December 14th at 10 AM. We plan to hike and work on trails from the Kilburn Trailhead. Bring lunch, water & tools or use ours. We aim to complete the work activities by 2 PM.
For more information…… call John Herrick (603)256-6301
Krister Raasoch, David Weisel, Bob Miller, Ray Dunn, Chana Robbins, Reg Fleming, Abe and Gabe Howe, John Hudachek, John Herrick, Kim Nilsen and Howard Weiss-Tisman from the Brattleboro Reformer met at 10 am on Saturday, November 16th on the Dort property that lies just to the northwest of and borders Pisgah State Park along Route 63. The goal of the day was to complete the raising of a rustic three-sided lean-to on the Dort property that is owned by the Friends of Pisgah.
The Friends of Pisgah Annual Meeting was held in Winchester November 12, 2013 at the VFW hall. About 30 members and guests attended. Phil Bryce of the Director of the Division of Parks and Recreation in the Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) was the speaker. Bryce’s talk covered the range of activities of the Parks and Recreation Department including numbers of parks, geographic distribution, number of employees and the mode of funding. At the conclusion of his talk, Mr. Bryce presented a digital slide show featuring many of the NH state parks. The photos were quite interesting and the slide show was much appreciated by those in attendance.
A short business meeting was held after Bryce’s talk and questions. Council members and officers of the Friends were elected for 2014. Officers elected were: Gary Montgomery, President; Matt Edson, Vice President; John Hudachek, Treasurer; Maeve Sabine, Secretary. Council Members elected were: John Knickerbocker, Matt Donachie, Bob Miller and Krister Raasoch.
Building a new six-person lean-to by the Friends of Pisgah is scheduled to continue this Saturday.
The Friends are putting out the call for volunteers near and far to join them in completing the construction of a rustic three-sided structure on the Dort property that lies just to the northwest of and borders Pisgah State Park along Route 63. The long-time trail group will continue work on the locale on Saturday, November 16th at 10 a.m. They will help carry roofing studs and metal roofing the half mile into the forest and plan to complete the lean-to construction that begun last Saturday. Roofing timbers, metal roofing and siding remain to be installed.
The lean-to that will be going up will be a constructed according to plans that have been used to put up a number of such buildings along the Cohos Trail in northernmost New Hampshire. The Friends already have erected a substantial composting latrine on the Dort property site. A source of water is close by and access to Pisgah trails is nearby, as well.
Volunteers and visitors are welcome to come to the lean-to raising.
Access to the site is located about 2.5 miles south of Chesterfield Village or about a mile north of the Kilburn Pond Trailhead parking lot.
Entrance to the Dort property is on the east side of the highway about half the distance up the long hill that carries Route 63 south of the village. A sign will be erected to mark the short drive into the property.
If you are interested in helping build the structure, bring along water, snacks, lunch and a few hand tools, too. A generator will be on site to provide electricity for power tools.
Steve Lowe, Ray Dunn, Doug Favreau, Krister Raasoch, David Weisel, Bob Miller, John Hudachek, John Herrick and Friends of Pisgah lean-to architect Kim Nilsen answered the call at 10 am in the raising of a rustic three-sided lean-to on the Dort property that lies just to the northwest of and borders Pisgah State Park along Route 63. With the help of John Herrick's tracter and Krister's pickup the rough sawn timbers and boards were moved half a mile into the forest to the site where concrete piers were set in place last month.
Krister Raasoch, David Weisel, John Hudachek, Chesterfield good Samaritan Jim Larkin and FOP trails chief John Herrick met at the FOP Dort property on Route 63 in Chesterfield at 10:00. Jim Larkin was there to deliver the dry concrete to be used to fill the sona tubes.
At 8:00 am Saturday, September 28, 2013, Krister Raasoch and John Hudachek opened the gate at the Friends of Pisgah property off Route 63 in Chesterfield. Within the hour Chad and Jack Pepou and Kim Nilsen arrived with our new composting latrine on a trailer.
This summer John Herrick and his John Deere tractor have been hard at work constructing a road up to the future site of our lean-to and composting latrine. We decided the trailer would not make it up the road, but the truck would make it 3/4 of the way up to the lean-to site. So we loaded the truck bed 3 times, driving it as far as we thought we could before getting stuck, then hand carrying the material the rest of the way.
Krister, Kim and John dug four holes for the supporting 4x4's while Jack and Chad drove back to the trailer for the remaining tools and materials. Between 11:00 and 12:00 John and Krister meet their wives and drove to the Visitor's Center for FOP's Annual Picnic.
Seeing uneaten hamburgers, hot dogs and sweet corn at the conclusion of the picnic John and Krister brought lunch back to the Dort property for Kim, Chad and Jack. They appeared to enjoy every bite.
The crew then finished the trim, took some pictures and made measurements for constructing the stairs off site. They then carried the tools and unused lumber to the truck for the trip down to the trailer.
We finished about 3:30. It was a pleasure working with Chad and Jack.
Join us at the Annual FOP Picnic at the FOP Visitor’s Center, 520 Old Chesterfield Road, Winchester, NH! All are invited to share in the good times with members, families and guests.
New members are encouraged to attend. Hamburgers, hot dogs and roasted corn-on-the-cob will be provided along with refreshments, plates and cups. Feel free to bring your favorite dish, salad or dessert to share.
The Visitor Center and Barn Museum will be open. Check out the artifacts, scrapbooks and exhibits that highlight the history of Pisgah. The buildings were built by FOP members and many volunteers in the style of buildings once found in the Park.
Mums and pumpkins will be raffled off after dinner.
Everyone is invited to bring their kayaks and canoes to paddle around Fullam Pond after dinner. We may have kayaks and canoes to borrow if the condition of Old Chesterfield Road from the Visitor’s Center to Fullam Pond gets improved.
We’d like to thank the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation for allowing us to use the park for our picnic..
For further information contact Gary Montgomery at (603) 363-8420.