Friends of Pisgah Annual Meeting

11/14/2017 - 7:00pm
11/14/2017 - 8:30pm
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Mark the calendar folks. On Tuesday, November 14th at 7 pm., the Friends of Pisgah will hold its annual meeting at the Chesterfield Town Hall in the center of Chesterfield village. We will be voting on officers and council members for the coming year and getting a rundown on the extensive work that has been done in the park in 2017. The detailed agenda and guest speaker will be announced when determined.

FOP Pisgah Reservoir Canoe & Kayak Outing

On Saturday, October 7th the Friends of Pisgah sponsored a revived Kayak and Canoe Event on Pisgah Reservoir. More than 30 folks came out for the outing and brought watercraft and life jackets. The event was a greater success than anticipated, and the day proved picture perfect for all. Next year, keep early October open on the calendar for another outing on Pisgah's biggest body of water. Patch up your old Titanic and come on out.

New (Old) Town Forest Trail Opening - October 14th, 2017

The old unused foot trail in Pisgah State Park known as the Town Forest Trail has been full brushed out, signed, and blazed from its southern junction with the Kilburn Loop Trail near Kilburn Pond all the way to the junction with the north end of the Pisgah Ridge Trail not far from Baker Pond and the Baker Pond Trail junction. The newly cleared route reaches the old ordnance testing bunkers near the south end and the abanonded mill site below Baker Pond and the wonderful overlook of the pond. It's a real pleasure to walk this time of year, and the trail creates the potential for two fine loop hikes, one ot the east and one to the west, back to Kilburn trailhead parking lot.

Check out the pictures on our Facebook page.

Pisgah Trail Connecter Hike on Saturday, September 30, 2017

09/30/2017 - 10:00am
09/30/2017 - 4:00pm
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The Horatio Colony Nature Preserve to host the Pisgah Trail Connector Hike on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 10AM – 4PM

Enjoy “Pisgah-Keene Connector Trail Hike"

Keene, NH - Saturday, September 30, 201710:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Join nature preserve and Monadnock Conservancy staff for a hike to explore the wilds between the Horatio Colony Nature Preserve and Pisgah State Park. We will hike through the beautifully preserved California Brook Natural Area and Horatio Colony Nature Preserve. Much of the landscape is State of NH Tier I (highest ranked) wildlife habitat. Watch for details closer to the event. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Horatio Colony Preserve on Daniels Hill Rd. Bring water and lunch and be prepared for moderately strenuous inclines, occasionally muddy trails, and lots of fun! This event is free and open to the public. However, advanced registration is required for this event.

Call 603.283.2115 or email colonypreserve@antioch.edu
for registration details.

The Horatio Colony Nature Preserve is a 645-acre parcel of woodlands and wetlands in Keene and Swanzey, NH owned by the Colony Memorial Trust. It provides the community with more than 5 miles of hiking trails, a historic cabin and foundations, place-based education initiatives, ongoing research activities, and a public program series. The preserve is managed by Antioch University New England.

Dogwood Swamp Trail Cleaned and Blazed

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Don't miss the Dogwood Swamp Trail this time of year. Friends of Pisgah volunteers John Herrick and Kim Nilsen, plus Pisgah Manager Whip Newell finished blazing, cleaning up debris, and dropping trees on their last legs over the last 1.4 miles of the 3.3 mile trail today. So, now, the entire trail is in fine shape from Mile 4 on the road into Fullam Pond all the way to the upper parking lot on Reservoir Road.

While most of the forest has yet to color up, the string of high elevation bogs on the Dogwood Swamp Trail are in full polychrome color now. Get off the couch. Turn off the TV. Drop to doughnut in the trash. Get out there.

K.r. Nilsen

ATV access trail from NH Rt 119 parking lot to Reservoir Road Closed for Repairs

09/25/2017 - 7:00am
09/27/2017 - 5:00pm
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Pisgah State Park - The ATV access trail from the NH Rte. 119 parking lot to Reservoir Road will be closed for repairs September 25th-27th. Watch the state websites www.nhdfl.org or www.nhstateparks.org for updates.

Inge Seaboyer

Forester III

NH Division of Forests & Lands

Forest Management Bureau

Caroline A. Fox Research & Demonstration Forest

603.464.3453

Ingeborg.seaboyer@.nh.gov

foxforest@nh.gov

Summer 2017 Update Posted

The Summer 2017 edition of Update the Friends of Pisgah newsletter has been posted.  Click the Newsletter tab to check it out.

FOP 3rd annual Run in the Park 5K/10K Trail Race/Walk - May 27th

Well it’s official; the 3rd Annual Run in the Park is in the books.  Saturday May 27th was the day which turned out to be a pleasant sunny day.  Leading up to race day there had been plenty of days of rain which has been our spring trend this year.  The rain and lack of sun made for some muddy slippery conditions which made the terrain a bit more challenging.  All in all feedback was that it was still a good day to be out enjoying the park and miles of trail.

May 13th Park Workday

The Friends of Pisgah met at the Horseshoe Road Trailhead in Chesterfield Saturday, May 13th, 2017 at 10:00 am to work on the upcoming 10K race loop (mostly Reservoir, North Ponds and Lily Pond Trails). Numerous trees and branches across the trails were removed and paths opened for water to drain off the trails.

We broke up into 3 groups.  Doug Favreau, Iva Woods and Sherisa Sterling cleared the northern section of South Woods Trail, the Habitat Trail and Lily Pond Trail.  Jon Knickerbocker, John Herrick and Park Manager Whip Newell cut tree on the south end of Lily Pond Trail.  Matt Edson, Jack Kondos and John Hudachek cleaned the Reservoir Trail down to North Ponds Trail. The intersection of North Ponds Trail and the Reservoir Trail was cleared and new signs made by Whip installed.  Much pooled water was drained.

The black flies were fierce at the trailhead, but diminished in the park interior.  We were all done and on our way home by 2:30.

John Hudachek

FOP Run in the Park 5K/10K Trail Race/Walk Results

Thank you to everyone who came out on a busy Memorial Weekend to
support the Friends of Pisgah and enjoy the day with us.  We had a
beautiful day with a few days of rain before that made for some slippery
trail conditions.  All in all feedback was that it was still a good day
to be out enjoying the park.

We are happy to tell you that results are posted and can be found at http://results.active.com/events/3rd-annual-friends-of-pisgah-5k-10k-trail-race-walk.  

In the coming days be sure to check out the Friends of Pisgah Facebook page www.facebook.com/FriendsOfPisgah/?ref=bookmarks.for race pictures.  

We hope to see you again next year and be sure to invite your friends for even more fun.

Thank you,

Friends of Pisgah