FOP Annual Meeting - Tuesday, November 10th

11/10/2020 - 7:00pm
11/10/2020 - 8:00pm
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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 friendsofpisgah@gmail.com 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
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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 Robin.Trombley@dncr.nh.gov.

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

For more information, contact Inge Seaboyer @ 603-464-3453 or foxforest@dncr.nh.gov

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
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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
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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 https://www.nhstateparks.org/news-events/improving-state-parks/pisgah-timber-harvest to keep track of the salvage at Snow Brook Trail and the Old Swanzey Road timber sale.

2020 Friends of Pisgah Run in the Park CANCELLED

Friends of PIsgah's annual Run in the Park, scheduled for June 6th, has been cancelled. Uncertainties surrounding the corona virus outbreak made it necessary to take the races off the event schedule. Stay safe out there everyone.

FOP 4th Annual Pisgah Reservoir Canoe & Kayak Outing - CANCELED!

10/03/2020 - 10:00am
10/03/2020 - 3:00pm
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We had to cancel this popular outing today due to poor road conditions on the hill up to Pisgah Reservoir.

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - 2/22/2020

An all volunteer FOP crew tossed away forest debris, lopped branches, dropped leaners, sawed through blowdowns, rolled logs, and had a good ole time of it doing so on Saturday. The eleven men and women who came out for the day cleared several miles of the western leg of the Kilburn Loop, the John Summers Trail, and the Town Forest Trail. Even the western leg of the Pisgah Ridge Trail and the Pisgah Ridge Connector received a good looking over. While we were working, numerous hikers, snowshoers and xc skiers made an appearance in the park. Great sunny day for all to be out there.