Lauren Canario, Jim Johnson, David Weisel, Doug Favreau and his dog
Hermes, Matt Edson, John Hudachek, Gary Montgomery and Pisgah State Park
Manager Whip Newell met at 8 am on Saturday, July 12th at the Pisgah
Visitors Center in Winchester. The goal of the day was to rebuild the
decking and hand rails on the second bridge from the south end of the
South Woods Trail.
We are going to rebuild a bridge on the South Woods Trail. The stringers are sound, but we will replace the decking and hand rails with new lumber provided by the state. The lumber will already be cut and transported as close as a truck can get it. Saturday an ATV will transport the lumber to the first bridge on the south end of the South Woods Trail. We will need help carrying the lumber and tools to the second bridge that we will redeck.
Bring bug spray, gloves, lunch & water. We will have required tools.
The Summer 2014 Update newsletter has been posted.
For this month's trail maintenance FOP Council members Gary Montgomery, John Herrick and John Hudachek met Pisgah Park Manager Whip Newell at the Visitor's Center on Old Chesterfield Road in Winchester. Whip explained how to do trail inventories. Gary, John, John and Whip divided the remaining trail inventory sheets and will complete the trail inventories in the next month.
The Friends of Pisgah (FOP) hosted the first FOP Pisgah Park 10/5 kilometer trail race/walk in Pisgah Park on Saturday, May 24, 2014. Gary Montgomery, FOP President mapped the course earlier in the month. Pisgah Council members along with the Chesterfield Emergency Response Team (ERT) and a few other FOP volunteers arrived at a bit after 7:00 a.m. Saturday and got to work setting up registration tables, a food table and tee shirt table. By 8:25 a.m. all was in place for the contestants to arrive, get their race bibs and pick up their tee shirts. Over 80 folks, young and older, were pre-registered and another 60 or so registered on arrival at the Horseshoe Trailhead on a cool, damp and cloudy morning. A total of 138 competitors were ready for the start of the race at the Horseshoe Road Parking Lot. Amazingly, the bugs were not too active by race time though some appeared while participants were running/walking the trails. Around 9:30 a.m. or so, volunteers to man check points in the Park along the course left by ATV to reach their stations. Gary Montgomery marked the start line.
Friends of Pisgah (FOP) President Gary Montgomery, Laura Susmann, David Weisel, Doug Favreau, John Hudachek, the Howe family (Abe, Tish, Gabe and Sam) and FOP trail chief John Herrick met Matt Edson and his ATV at the Horseshoe Trailhead at 10:00. The goal for the day was to clear numerous trees down across Lily Pond and North Ponds Trails. Both trails will be used by the First Annual 10K/5K FOP Trail Race/Walk Saturday, May 24th..
Good morning... I didn't know if anyone kept track of bear sightings, but wanted to let you know that I saw a good sized male (I believe) on Sunday Morning. It was about a half mile heading up West on the North Ponds Trail. I was nearing the top of a hill and he was right at the top. I wasn't looking ahead so I got pretty close, probably 50-60 feet. He stood up to see who this dumbass was that was walking right towards him and boy did he look big... Anyways, I nodded to him, avoided eye contact and slowly walked backwards, turned around and continued on my way to another trail. Of course every little twig snap I heard the rest of the hike made me a little jumpy, but it was another great day in the woods.
Thanks for all you do!
April 28, 2014
Laura Susmann met Friends of Pisgah (FOP) trail chief John Herrick at the Kilburn Trailhead at 10:00. They drove to the Horseshoe Trailhead in Chesterfield and they joined Gary Montgomery, Krister Raasoch, Krister's dogs Art and Harry and John Hudachek. It was a cool February morning with lots of bright sun.