After meeting at our normal meeting spot, the Kilburn parking lot, on a cool, partly sunny morning Kathy and Jon Thatcher, Gizmo, John Hudachek and John Herrick hiked the snow covered trail toward Kilburn Pond to remove large dead branches that had been reported to have fallen on the trail. However, when we arrived at that spot the trail had already been cleared. But being there with a chain saw, we cut down both a tree bent in a halfmoon shape over the trail and a large dead birch with high large branches that could potentially fall on hikers.
Matt Edson, Ed Fletcher, Gizmo, John Hudachek, Jon Knickerbocker, Gary Montgomery and Jim Nikiforakis joined Friends of Pisgah trails chief John Herrick and his John Deere tractor on a cool crisp December morning at the Kilburn trail head. Using the tractor, rakes and shovels, culverts were cleaned, water bars installed and ditches dug along the side of the road to Kilburn Pond and the trail on the west side of the Kilburn loop. This allows water to channel off the road and trail surface and not run down and erode the middle of the trail. The crew worked from 10am-3pm.
The 2011 Friends of Pisgah Annual Meeting was held at the Chesterfield Town Hall hosted by the Chesterfield Historical Society on Tuesday, November 15th.
After meeting at our normal meeting spot the Kilburn parking lot
we drove to the Horseshoe trailhead. Barri, David, Tom Duston, Kathy
& Jon Thatcher & Gizmo, Patti & John Hudachek, Matt Edson
and John Herrick proceeded to the Lily Pond Trail to clear numerous
known downed trees obstructing the trail.
Great news for New Hampshire hikers, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts: the N.H. Fish and Game Department has created topographic maps of the entire state, available for free at http://www.wildnh.com/maps. The topo maps, in PDF format and sized to print on an 8.5"x11" sheet of paper, include the latest available geographic information for the state at a scale of 1:31,680 (1 inch per half-mile). The maps include roads, municipal boundaries, water bodies, conservation properties, state and national forests and parks and more.
From the New Hampshire Psychological Association
Forests and other natural, green settings can reduce stress, improve moods, reduce anger and aggressiveness and increase overall happiness.
Natural Heritage Bureau has just created and posted an interpretive trail brochure for a loop hike in the western part of the park.
Pisgah Mountain Loop Hike brochure: http://www.nhdfl.org/library/pdf/Natural%20Heritage/Pisgah.pdf
The hemlock wooly adelgid, a serious pest of hemlock species in nurseries, landscapes and native trees has been found in Pisgah Park.
Check out the following site for more information: http://extension.unh.edu/news/new72204.htm.
If you believe you’ve seen the hemlock wooly adelgid, please contact the N.H. Forest Health Program at 271-7858.