Past Events are listed below.
Friends of Pisgah (FOP) President Kathy Thatcher, John Hudachek and FOP trails chief John Herrick met at the Kilburn Trailhead at 10:00. It was decided to remove several dangerous trees leaning over trails at Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area. So we drove to the Gorge and removed a half dozen dead trees.
FOP had received an email the previous day that trees were down on the Bear Mountain Trail east of Plain Road. So on the way back to Kilburn we detoured down to the Plain Road Trailhead. While the two Johns ate lunch on the back of John's pickup Kathy hiked up the trail and found the fallen trees. After lunch we hiked up Bear Mountain Trail and removed the fallen trees and branches.
The crew returned to John's truck, then drove to Kilburn parking lot at 1:15. Since the rain had become steady at this point we decided to call it a day.
Krister Raasoch, David Weisel, Wendy Jacobs, Val and Jon Starbuck, John Hudachek and Friends of Pisgah (FOP) trails chief John Herrick met at the FOP Dort property at 10:00. The Dort property is a piece of land located in Chesterfield between Route 63 and Pisgah State Park. The Dort Trail starts on Route 63 about 1.5 north of the Kilburn Trailhead and leads up to our proposed overnight shelter.
With Krister and John Herrick cutting branches and trees and the rest of the crew moving the cut wood off the trail the majority of the trail is cleared. John Herrick intends to continue leveling and moving stumps so that the shelter building materials can be transported up the trail to the shelter location beneath Hubbard Hill.
Lunch was enjoyed at our vehicles parked at the site vista. After completing the tree cutting around 2:00 the group checked out the proposed shelter location and then hiked to the Hubbard Hill vista. The crew returned to their parked vehicles just after 3:00.
Krister Raasoch, David Weisel, Wendy Jacobs, John Hudachek and Friends of Pisgah (FOP) trail chief John Herrick met at the Kilburn Trailhead at 10:00. With reports of numerous trees down on the Kilburn Loop the group decided to hike and clear the Kilburn Loop.
The woods were still full of snow and the trail was predominantly compacted snow with some ice. Many trees were found fallen across the trail - at one spot five trees were found across the trail that had been downed by beavers. Lunch was enjoyed on rocks overlooking water near the south end of the loop. The entire loop was cleared and, after a short excursion to the explosives site near the Hinsdale Town Forest, the group returned to the parking lot just after 3:00.
Krister Raasoch, David Weisel, Tom Duston, John Hudachek and Friends of Pisgah (FOP) trails chief John Herrick explored the FOP land referred to as the "Dort property" between Pisgah Park and Route 63 in Chesterfield. The FOP Council recently voted to fund the construction of a lean-to shelter on this land to be used by Pisgah Park and Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail hikers. See our Facebook picture for a similar shelter. Several excellent spots were found that we felt suitable.
The next day, Sunday, December 9, John Herrick and John Hudachek met Kim Nilsen at the Dort property to review our findings from the previous day. The three of us decided the best spot to build the shelter would be on FOP property below the Hubbard Hill vista on a level site with water close by. We also envision locating a composting latrine nearby. Access from the Park would be from the corner of the Davis Hill trail that runs through the FOP Dort property. A mini shelter was also discussed to be placed on FOP land at the Davis Hill trail west vista.
Friends of Pisgah trails chief John Herrick, Krister Raasoch, John Hudachek, Wendy Jacobs and Tucker started work on the trail from Davis Hill to our proposed shelter on FOP land below Hubbard Hill. We then cut the trees where we intend to build the lean-to in the spring before breaking for lunch. After lunch we cut trees where the road will be going up from Route 63 towards the shelter. We finished work about 3:00 pm.
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FOP Council Attending: Kathy Thatcher, Gary Montgomery, Bob Smith, John Hudachek, John Herrick, John Summers, Matt Edson, Norma Reppucci, Laurel Powell, James Nikiforakis, Kim Nilsen
: There were 32 members of the FOP, including Council members, present.
The 2012 Annual FOP meeting at the Hinsdale Millstream Community Center was called to order at 7:05 by President Kathy Thatcher.
Friends of Pisgah trails chief John Herrick, Krister Raasoch, David Weisel and John Hudachek met at the Kilburn trail head at 10:00. Kathy and Jon Thatcher and Gizmo arrived fashionably late. It was decided to clear large trees that had fallen on North Ponds Trail. So we all drove up to Horseshoe Trailhead.
Gary Montgomery, Kathy Thatcher, Friends of Pisgah trails chief John Herrick, Jon Thatcher, Krister Raasoch, Peggy Kipp and John Hudachek met at the Kilburn trail head at 10:00. We hiked the road to Kilburn Pond where we split into two groups.
The 25th Annual Friends of Pisgah Picnic was held Saturday, September 29th in the Visitor Center barn. Approximately 45 friends showed up on a drizzly morning. Turkey and ham as well as great food brought by attendees was enjoyed by all. Members were thanked for their support and volunteerism.