When Doing Nothing Is a Viable Alternative

Many people have been apprised of the value of early successional growth that results from commercial timber harvests. The following from Tom Wessels is another perspective that is in support of the ecosystem that an older forest provides:

There has been lots of research at both the Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA and the Hubbard Brook Research Station in NH regarding how older forests sequester carbon to a far greater degree than younger forests. I am sure there is also good research on the relationship between forest disturbance and increase in invasive exotics although I haven't delved into that. The key to countering there argument is that whenever we manage for certain species, like early successional wildlife, we also are managing in ways that are detrimental to other late successional species. Also what makes Pisgah so unique at a larger landscape-scale is exactly the large array of older forests it holds that is very different from the rest of Cheshire County. 

Tom Wessels is a terrestrial ecologist and a professor at Antioch University New England in the Department of Environmental Studies, where he founded a master's program in conservation biology. He is the author of three books and is an active environmentalist.

Also the attached document Preemptive and Salvage Harvesting of New England Forests: When Doing Nothing Is a Viable Alternative by David R. Foster and David A. Orwig suggests that the best approach to forest management is to do nothing.

Friends of Pisgah Annual Meeting Minutes - Nov. 13, 2012

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.

Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail

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  • Pisgah to Keene (Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail: Keene Connector) or 
  • Pisgah to Wantastiquet (Wantastiquet-Monadnock Greenway & Trail Western Section Including: Ann Stokes & Daniels Mountain Trails) Trail Map:

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - 2012-11-10

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.

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - 2012-10-13

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.

Pisgah State Park to Keene Celebration Hike

10/21/2012 - 10:00am
10/21/2012 - 4:00pm
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Please join
The Monadnock Conservancy , Antioch University, Horatio Colony Preserve and The Chesterfield Conservation Commission for

ANOTHER TASTE OF THE GREENWAY”

Sunday October 21, 2012
HIKE

25th Annual Friends of Pisgah Picnic at Visitor Center Barn - 2012-09-29

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.

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - 2012-09-08

Kari Post, Tim Butterworth, trails chief John Herrick, Krister Raasoch, David Weisel and John Hudachek (not in picture) gathered at the Kilburn Trailhead before driving up to the Friends of Pisgah Dort property on Route 63 in Chesterfield.  The crew cut small trees mostly birch from the east side of the opening.  The goal is to open the view to include Chesterfield Village. The group hiked to the boundary of Pisgah Park after lunch.  A shower ended the work just before 2:00 pm.

John Hudachek

25th Annual Friends Of Pisgah Picnic

09/29/2012 - 11:30am
09/29/2012 - 2:00pm
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Join us at the Annual FOP Picnic at the FOP Visitor’s Center, 520 Old Chesterfield Road, Winchester, NH on Saturday, September 29th!  All are invited to share in the good times with members, families and guests.  New members are encouraged to attend.  Turkey and ham will be provided along with refreshments, plates and cups.  Feel free to bring your favorite dish, salad or dessert to share.

The Visitor Center and Barn Museum will be open.  Check out the artifacts, scrapbooks and exhibits that highlight the history of Pisgah.  The buildings were built by FOP members and many volunteers in the style of buildings once found in the Park.

Mums and pumpkins will be raffled off after dinner.

Everyone is invited to bring their kayaks and canoes to paddle around Fullam Pond after dinner.

We’d like to thank the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation for allowing us to use the park for our picnic.

For further information contact Gary Montgomery at (603) 363-8420.

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - 2012-08-11

Krister Raasoch, Gary Montgomery, Matt Edson, John Hudachek and trails chief John Herrick gathered at the Horseshoe Trailhead to finish cleaning up brush and trees on the road leading to the Horseshoe Trailhead.  Gary Montgomery brought his lawn mower and cut the grass around the Harlan Fiste Stone's birthplace foundation and the entrance to the park.