Past Events

Past Events are listed below.

28th Annual Friends of Pisgah Picnic

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.

Laura Sussman

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Pisgah Bridge Projects - September 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.

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - August 8, 2015

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!

John Hudachek

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Pisgah National Trails Day Event - June 6, 2015

Thirteen Monadnock Happy Trails Association riders rode out from the Snow Brook Trail head on Saturday June 6, 2015 to celebrate National Trails Day.  Weather was sunny, breezy and cool - perfect riding weather!  Very few bugs to annoy the horses.  Trail conditions were great.  Riders enjoyed a brown bag lunch at the Visitor Center and chatted with a few park guests.  The four wheeling park guests we encountered were very courteous and curious about the horses.  A few stopped to chat and admire a couple of times.  Many thanks to Park Manager Whip Newell for his assistance with this ride.  
 

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - July 11, 2015

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.

John Hudachek

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South Woods Bridge Rebuilding - June 20, 2015


Abe and Gabe Howe, David Weisel, Laura and Art Sussman, Doug Favreau and
dog Hermes, Matt Edson, Krister Raasoch and dogs Art and Harry, John
Hudachek, Adam Moffit and Pisgah State Park Manager Whip Newell met at
10 am on Saturday, June 20th at the Pisgah Visitors Center in Winchester.  The goal of the day was to rebuild the bridge on the
southern end of the South Woods Trail.

Monadnock Happy Trails Association May 16, 2015 Work Day

The Monadnock Happy Trails Association (MHTA) work day was a big success!   Sharon and Phil Thomsen plus Laura and Art Susmann worked with Park Manager Whip Newell and cleared the Snow Brook trail from Old Spofford Rd to Old Chesterfield Rd.  The weather was cool but got warmer as the day progressed.  We worked 9 am - 2 pm.  Bugs weren't too bad in the beginning but became annoying when the temp increased.  Spray was a necessity!  Several culverts do need to be replaced; Whip added them to his list.  We expected more damage after such a nasty winter but were pleasantly surprised that there were no huge trees down. The Trail is ready for use and MHTA is looking forward to June 6 National Trails Day ride!

Phil Thomsen and Art Susmann using the pole saw:Sharon Thomsen clearing the edge of the trail:

Article and pictures by Laura Susmann

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - May 9, 2015

Abe Howe and son Gabe, Matt Edson and his ATV, John Hudachek and FOP trail chief John Herrick met Pisgah Park Manager Whip Newell at the Horseshoe Trailhead at 10:00am.  Although chilly to start it was a perfect working day.  Starting at the South Woods trail and continuing up the Habitat trail connecting to Old Chesterfield Road, Lily Pond trail, east end of North Ponds trail, Old Chesterfield Road and what we call the ski trail we removed numerous fallen trees and limbs from the trails.  We enjoyed lunch overlooking beautiful Lily Pond.

John Hudachek

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Pisgah Trail Maintenance - 2015-04-11

Mount Monadnock from Pisgah Ridge Vista - Small.JPG

David Weisel, Krister Raasoch with his dogs Art and Harry, Matt Edson, John Hudachek and FOP trail chief John Herrick met Pisgah Park Manager Whip Newell at 10 am on a warm, windy, mostly sunny Saturday at the Kilburn Trailhead in Hinsdale.  The business of the day was to spread out over the southern end of the park to look for hemlock trees infested with hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA).

We broke into three groups of two.  Whip and David drove down to the Route 119 entrance and hiked up to the Reservoir.  Matt and John Herrick drove to the south entrance to the Kilburn loop on Route 63 and hiked back the west side of the Kilburn Loop to Kilburn trailhead.  Krister and John Hudachek hiked the Davis Hill, Baker Pond, Pisgah Ridge and Kilburn Road trails.   We were all back to our vehicles by 2:15 pm.

Krister, John Hudachek, Matt Edson and John Herrick found no signs of the woolly adelgid.  David and Whip found many trees invested with HWA on the road up to and around the reservoir.

John Hudachek

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Pisgah Trail Maintenance - 2014-12-13

Jim Schofield, Abe and Gabe Howe, Jon Knickerbocker and John Hudachek met Friends of Pisgah Trail Chief John Herrick at 10 am on a mostly sunny Saturday, 12/13/14, at the Kilburn Trailhead in Hinsdale.  The first order of business was using hand saws to remove the tree top that had fallen on the top of the kiosk.  All lumber supporting the roof is broken, but the roof itself appears to be intact.

All limbs fallen across the trail from the trailhead down the west side of the Kilburn loop to past the dam were cut using handsaws and removed.  On the way down the trail to the south end of the loop we caught up with Gary Montgomery with his chain saw, Matt Edson and Kim Nilsen.  Gary, Matt and Kim had met and started earlier in the morning.  We met no other hikers the entire work session.

After lunch on the bridge on the south end of the loop Jon and Matt headed south on the trail toward Hinsdale while the rest of the crew headed up the east side of the loop.   We were back to our vehicles just before 2:00 pm.

John Hudachek

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