Friends of Pisgah February 13th Trail Maintenance

02/13/2021 - 10:00am
02/13/2021 - 2:00pm
The Friends of Pisgah will have our monthly work day this Saturday, 2/13/2021 at 10:00am. We will meet at the FOP Dort Property on Route 63 in Chesterfield at 10am.  The Dort driveway is located on the east side of Route 63 about a mile south of the center of Chesterfield village and a mile north of Kilburn trailhead.  We anticipate only 4 wheel drive vehicles will be able to make it up the unplowed driveway,  We'll send out a later notice if parking for 2 wheel drive vehicles is available.

We anticipate using chainsaws. We recommend that you bring safety goggles and ear protection. Also don't forget to bring work gloves, microspikes, crampons or snowshoes, plenty of fluids and a lunch. It looks like temps will be in the low 20's so dress in layers and warm shoes or boots..

FOP Trail Maintenance - Saturday, January 9th, 10am

01/09/2021 - 10:00am
01/09/2021 - 2:29pm

Happy New Year everyone. This time of year the weather is unpredictable so we have decided to hold our monthly work day this Saturday, January 9th, 10am. Meet at the Route 119 parking lot in Ashuelot. The weather is predicted to be mostly sunny and 32 degrees. Wear layers, bring work gloves that are waterproof, microspikes or crampons, ear protection, a lunch and plenty of water. Depending on the size of the work crew we may split up into smaller groups and head out to the trail heads. This will require extra travel. Our plan is to work on the Dogwood Swamp trail due to numerous downed trees. We would like to tackle it from both sides so this is why we are meeting in one location and then making further plans of action from there. Sorry for the short notice, hope to see you there.

If you have any questions call John Herrick 603-256-6301 or Matt Edson 603-336-7796.

FOP Trail Maintenance

12/12/2020 - 10:00am
12/12/2020 - 2:00pm

The F.O.P will have our monthly work day this Saturday, 12/12/20. We will meet at the Kilburn parking lot on Rt. 63 at 10am. There are several blow downs on the trail so some volunteers will be using chainsaws. We recommend that you bring safety goggles, and ear protection. Also don't forget to bring work gloves, crampons plenty of fluids and a lunch. It looks like temps will be in the mid 40's so dressing in layers and wear waterproof boots as trails could get wet in places as the day warms up.

FOP Annual Meeting - Tuesday, November 10th

11/10/2020 - 7:00pm
11/10/2020 - 8:00pm

On Tuesday, November 10th at 7:00, the Friends of Pisgah will conduct our Annual Meeting.  Due to COVID concerns, the Annual Meeting (11/10/2020) will be held virtually. Please email if you would like instructions to connect to the meeting via Zoom. 

At the meeting we will be electing Council officers and directors by visually raising hands, using the “raise hand” button, or by a verbal yes or no.  The members nominated are (with term expiration year):
President - Matthew Edson (2021)
Vice-President - Jon Knickerbocker (2021)
Secretary - Jim Schofield (2021)
Treasurer - John Hudachek (2021)
Director - Abram Howe (2023)
Director - Steve Walsh (2023)
Director - Mia Pajot (2022)

Vice-President Kim Nilsen and Director Buck Rogers both retired from the Council this year.
Highlights and accomplishments of the past year and plans for the next year will be shared.  Hope you will join us on November 10th at 7:00 pm.

Friends of Pisgah Council

Pisgah State Park 2021 Habitat Area Timber Harvest Walk – Wednesday, October 7th, 10 am

10/07/2020 - 10:00am
10/07/2020 - 12:00pm

The New Hampshire Division of Forests & Lands will be leading an informational walk on the north end of Pisgah State Park on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. This walk will highlight the upcoming timber sale and wildlife habitat improvement project taking place in 2021. Interested parties should meet Inge Seaboyer (the forester in charge of the project) and Scott Rolfe (the Regional Forester) at the Horseshoe Road, Chesterfield parking lot at 10 a.m. The walk will occur rain, or shine, so please dress accordingly and wear the appropriate footwear for hiking.

Due to Covid 19 protocols and procedures, you must pre-register to attend this timber sale walk. There will be a limit of 25 attendees. Register by Tuesday, October 6th by contacting Robin Trombley at (603) 271-2214 or email

If pre-registration is at capacity, a second timber sale walk will be scheduled. 

For more information, contact Inge Seaboyer @ 603-464-3453 or

Old Chesterfield Road and Snow Brook Trail are fully open

September 10, 2020

The commercial salvage operation to reopen Old Chesterfield Road, Snow Brook Trail is wrapping up. All that remains is to seed the log landing just inside the gate at the Snow Brook Trailhead.

Old Chesterfield Road and Snow Brook Trail are fully open.

The storm certainly changed things, but the resulting patches of even-aged forest will provide important young forest wildlife habitat. In the short term, these areas will be foraging locations for bats and the fledglings of insectivore songbirds nesting in the surrounding woods. “Soft mast” species like blackberries will spring up and be food for everything from birds to bear. As trees regenerate, they will provide quality browse for deer and moose and dense “escape cover” and breeding habitat for many birds and small mammals. Stumps and down woody material provide habitat for species from small mammals to bobcats. Large snags and trees retained in the salvage will provide den locations for many species and hunting perches for raptors.

For more information on this this project and timber harvesting in State Parks and State Forests, contact Project Forester, Inge Seaboyer at 603-464-3453 or Regional Forester, Scott Rolfe at 603-227-8741.

Pisgah State Park 2021 Habitat Area Timber Harvest Walk - Rescheduled to 10/7/2020

09/22/2020 - 10:00am
09/22/2020 - 11:30am

Rescheduled to 10/7/2020!

Inge Seaboyer, NH Division of Forests & Lands Forester, is leading a public walk of the proposed 2021 Pisgah State Park Habitat area timber harvest on September 22, 2020 at 10 AM at the Horseshoe Rd Trailhead behind Chesterfield Elementary School.  The timber harvest area includes the Habitat Trail, beaver pond, Secret trail and Ski trail areas between the Old Chesterfield Road and the South Woods Trail.

Please join Inge and the Friends of Pisgah on the walk.

FOP Annual Picnic and Equestrian Event CANCELED

Due to COVID-19 concerns the FOP Annual Picnic and the Equestrian Event scheduled for this fall have been canceled.

FOP Saturday September 12th Work Day

09/12/2020 - 9:30am
09/12/2020 - 2:00pm

The Friends of Pisgah are having a workday this Saturday, September 12th.  We are meeting at our Dort property at 9:30 in the morning. 

We plan to split into two crews.  One will grind rust off the storage container - bring your grinder if you have one, we'll have a generator to supply the power - and spot prime the areas that we grind.

The second crew will widen our access trail from the shelter area to the Davis Hill Trail and do some brush work.

The Dort property is located on the east side of Route 63 about a mile south of Chesterfield village.

Bring water, lunch and gloves.
Reply to this email or call Matt Edson (603) 499-3262 if you have any questions.

Pisgah May 2020 Storm Damage Timber Sale

July 28, 2020

During thunderstorms on May 15th a sizable area of storm damage occurred on the Winchester end of Pisgah State Park near the junction of Old Chesterfield Road and the Snow Brook Trail. 

Storm damage blocks 400 feet of Old Chesterfield Road and 600 feet of the Snow Brook Trail.  As a result, the gate on Old Chesterfield Road has remained closed this spring. Vehicle access to Fullam
Pond is impossible.

A commercial timber sale to salvage the 18 acre area of storm damage, and re-open the trail and road has been planned by the Division of Forests & Lands in conjunction with the Division of Parks and the NH Fish & Game Department.  The project has been contracted but due to wildlife concerns operations cannot start until July 20th at the earliest, but are planned to conclude by mid September.

For more information on this this project and timber harvesting in State Parks and State Forests, contact Project Forester, Inge Seaboyer at 603-464-3453 or Regional Forester, Scott Rolfe at 603-227-8741.

Use to keep track of the salvage at Snow Brook Trail and the Old Swanzey Road timber sale.