This Saturday at 10:00 am the Friends of Pisgah plan to install a 20 foot 18" diameter culvert near the lean-to they constructed two years ago on the Dort property in Chesterfield. We plan to improve a wet area between the lean-to and the Davis Hill trail that is always soggy to walk through.
Access to the site is located at 116 Route 63 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.
After the culvert is installed John Herrick proposes that we cut a trail to a new vista near the lean-to that would look north toward Chesterfield Village.
Bring gloves, water, lunch and tools or use ours. We plan to finish work by 2:00 pm.
For more information…… call John Herrick (603) 256-6301
- Eversource Energy will be replacing a high-tension tower off Reservoir Road in Pisgah State Park starting this week. The company will be building an access road to the tower site to conduct the repairs; the road will be closed out after the work is complete. Visitors to the park will see trucks, equipment and materials entering the trailhead off Route 119 and on Reservoir Road for the next two weeks.
Sorry for the short notice, just got notice they had started up. Thanks!!!!
Caroline A. Fox Research & Demonstration Forest
New Bridges Grace the Pisgah Ridge Trail
Over the course of the last few weeks, volunteer crews have disassembled and rebuilt several new spans on the Pisgah Mountain Trail, added a long board walk alongside a wetland along that same pathway, and raised and firmed up a bridge on the Dogwood Swamp Trail, a span whose northwestern footing had been undermined by the stream beneath causing the deck to pitch and fall Several weeks ago, volunteers hauled a good deal of new pressure treated material, sufficient for two separate spans, from the Kilburn parking lot and up to the Pisgah Mountain Trail worksite, using pickups, and an ATV machine and cart. Sometimes utilizing the winch on the ATV, the crew was able to get all the materials and tools up to the lower construction site without too much additional hand-carrying.
The twenty eighth annual Friends of Pisgah picnic was held Saturday, October 3 at the Visitor Center and barn complex. Approximately 30 people enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and beverages provided by the Friends as well as a variety of salads and desserts brought to share.
We did move the picnic tables into the barn because of the cool breeze; it made it easier to visit.Patrick Hummel, the Volunteer Coordinator from DRED joined us and after lunch spoke about the importance of volunteers in maintaining state properties. He thanked Friends of Pisgah for our service.
Harry Prouty donated several items to the barn/museum including a bow saw, a double headed ax and a special chain for logging. He showed us several other logging tools and shared publications detailing logging operations in the park including a photo of the largest tree ever cut in Pisgah.
After lunch the mums and pumpkins used to decorate the barn were raffled off. Everyone decided it was too cool for canoes or kayaks on Fullam Pond.
Tuesday. November.10, 2015
Over the last few weeks, volunteer crews have disassembled and rebuilt a large new span on the Pisgah Mountain Trail, and raised and firmed up a bridge on the Dogwood Swamp Trail, a span whose northwestern footing had been undermined by the stream beneath causing the deck to pitch and fall.
David Weisel, Laura and Art Sussman, Matt Edson, John Herrick, John Hudachek, Adam Moffit and Pisgah State Park Manager Whip Newell met at 10 am on Saturday, August 8th at the Pisgah Visitors Center in Winchester. The goal of the day was to build ramps on the South Woods Trail bridge that we rebuilt June 20, 2015 and to install new wear boards on the Fullam Pond Trail bridge.
Matt Edson had already ripped the ramp risers and cut the ramp decking into 5' lengths with material the Friends of Pisgah had purchased.
Laura and Art Sussman rode their ATV while Matt, John Herrick and Whip drove their trucks and trailers down Old Chesterfield Road to the Nash Trail. There Matt unloaded his ATV and ATV trailer. Whip drove his truck and Matt and Art their ATVs down the Nash Trail to the Fullam Pond Trail. Matt's ATV & trailer and Art's ATV transported the tools and lumber from there to the bridge site on the South Woods trail.
We split into two groups. Matt, David, Art and John Hudachek built the ramps on the South Woods bridge while John Herrick, Laura, Whip and Adam replaced the wear boards on the Fullam Pond Trail bridge.
After lunch we all drove down to Fullam Pond and continued the brush clearing that we worked on last November and July. We were done by 2:00.
Thanks to all for a very productive work day!
Jim Schofield, Laura and Art Sussman, John Hudachek and FOP trail chief John Herrick met Pisgah Park Manager Whip Newell at the Visitor Center at 10:00am. Whip, Art and John Herrick with tractor on his trailer drove down the recently improved road to Fullam Pond where we cleared brush and limbs to open the view of the pond. We continued the work started last November around the pond nearly to the dam. Using John Herrick's tractor and chipper all the small branches were ground into wood chips. This also opens the shoreline for fishing. We finished shortly after 2:00pm and were back at the Visitor Center before 2:30.
Pisgah State Park: Roadwork Completed - The south end of Old Chesterfield Road is again open from Park HQ north to Chestnut Hill Trail parking lot.