Past Events

Past Events are listed below.

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - 2014-02-08

Laura Susmann met Friends of Pisgah (FOP) trail chief John Herrick at the Kilburn Trailhead at 10:00.  They drove to the Horseshoe Trailhead in Chesterfield and they joined Gary Montgomery, Krister Raasoch, Krister's dogs Art and Harry and John Hudachek. It was a cool February morning with lots of bright sun.

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - 2013-12-14

Matt Edson, John Hudachek and Friends of Pisgah (FOP) trail chief John Herrick met at the Kilburn Trailhead on a cold, December morning at 10:00. With reports of trees down the group decided to hike and clear the Kilburn Loop.

The west side of the Kilburn loop was remarkably clear all the way down to the Kilburn dam.  We then decided to walk across the pond and bushwack to the east side of the Kilburn loop. Numerous trees were found fallen across the trail and were cleared.  Finding many dead birch hanging over the trail waiting to fall, we downed and cleared them from the trail too.  The group returned to the parking lot at 1:45.

No pictures were taken - it was too cold to remove gloves and retrieve a camera.  There was a good chance the camera would not have worked as cold as it was.

John Hudachek

Lean-To Raising Completed 2013-11-16

Krister Raasoch, David Weisel, Bob Miller, Ray Dunn, Chana Robbins, Reg Fleming, Abe and Gabe Howe, John Hudachek, John Herrick, Kim Nilsen and Howard Weiss-Tisman from the Brattleboro Reformer met at 10 am on Saturday, November 16th on the Dort property that lies just to the northwest of and borders Pisgah State Park along Route 63.  The goal of the day was to complete the raising of a rustic three-sided lean-to on the Dort property that is owned by the Friends of Pisgah.

Annual Meeting 2013-11-12

The Friends of Pisgah Annual Meeting was held in Winchester November 12, 2013 at the VFW hall. About 30 members and guests attended. Phil Bryce of the Director of the Division of Parks and Recreation in the Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) was the speaker. Bryce’s talk covered the range of activities of the Parks and Recreation Department including numbers of parks, geographic distribution, number of employees and the mode of funding. At the conclusion of his talk, Mr. Bryce presented a digital slide show featuring many of the NH state parks. The photos were quite interesting and the slide show was much appreciated by those in attendance.

A short business meeting was held after Bryce’s talk and questions. Council members and officers of the Friends were elected for 2014. Officers elected were: Gary Montgomery, President; Matt Edson, Vice President; John Hudachek, Treasurer; Maeve Sabine, Secretary. Council Members elected were: John Knickerbocker, Matt Donachie, Bob Miller and Krister Raasoch.

Matt Donachie

Lean-To Raising 2013-11-09

Steve Lowe, Ray Dunn, Doug Favreau, Krister Raasoch, David Weisel, Bob Miller, John Hudachek, John Herrick and Friends of Pisgah lean-to architect Kim Nilsen answered the call at 10 am in the raising of a rustic three-sided lean-to on the Dort property that lies just to the northwest of and borders Pisgah State Park along Route 63. With the help of John Herrick's tracter and Krister's pickup the rough sawn timbers and boards were moved half a mile into the forest to the site where concrete piers were set in place last month.

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - 2013-10-12

Krister Raasoch, David Weisel, John Hudachek, Chesterfield good Samaritan Jim Larkin and FOP trails chief John Herrick met at the FOP Dort property on Route 63 in Chesterfield at 10:00. Jim Larkin was there to deliver the dry concrete to be used to fill the sona tubes.

Composting Latrine Installed 2013-09-28

At 8:00 am Saturday, September 28, 2013, Krister Raasoch and John Hudachek opened the gate at the Friends of Pisgah property off Route 63 in Chesterfield.  Within the hour Chad and Jack Pepou and Kim Nilsen arrived with our new composting latrine on a trailer.

This summer John Herrick and his John Deere tractor have been hard at work constructing a road up to the future site of our lean-to and composting latrine.  We decided the trailer would not make it up the road, but the truck would make it 3/4 of the way up to the lean-to site.  So we loaded the truck bed 3 times, driving it as far as we thought we could before getting stuck, then hand carrying the material the rest of the way.

Krister, Kim and John dug four holes for the supporting 4x4's while Jack and Chad drove back to the trailer for the remaining tools and materials.  Between 11:00 and 12:00 John and Krister meet their wives and drove to the Visitor's Center for FOP's Annual Picnic.

Seeing uneaten hamburgers, hot dogs and sweet corn at the conclusion of the picnic John and Krister brought lunch back to the Dort property for Kim, Chad and Jack.  They appeared to enjoy every bite.

The crew then finished the trim, took some pictures and made measurements for constructing the stairs off site.  They then carried the tools and unused lumber to the truck for the trip down to the trailer.

We finished about 3:30.  It was a pleasure working with Chad and Jack.

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - 2013-09-07

Krister Raasoch with Art and Harry, David Weisel, Matt Edson, John Hudachek, Trails Chief John Herrick and Pisgah Park manager Whip Newell met at the Reservoir Road Trailhead in Hinsdale at 9:00 am.  John Herrick and his John Deere tractor rake contoured the Reservoir Road hill between Route 119 and the first electric wires.  The rest of the crew used shovels and rakes to smooth out the gravel and remove the large stones.  We dug two water bars to channel water to the ditch.  We also removed a dead tree overhanging the road.

We then drove to the Visitor Center on Old Chesterfield Road in Winchester.  We cleaned up the area north of the Visitor Center that was filled with branches and debris from a recent timber harvest.  Krister cut 3 dead birch trees around the picnic table area.  John used his tractor to push branches and old logs down the hill out of view of the picnic tables.

John Hudachek

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - 2013-08-10

Matt Edson, Bob Miller, Kathy Thatcher, John Hudachek, Trails Chief John Herrick and the new Pisgah Park manager Whip Newell met at the Kilburn Trailhead at 8:00 am.  The goal for the day was to dig water bars on the road hills between Kilburn Pond and the trailhead.  John Herrick brought his John Deere tractor to dug the bars while the rest of the crew used shovels and rakes to smooth out the gravel.  We completed about 10 water bars and were back at the Kilburn trailhead by 12:30.

We calculated that the average age of the crew was over 65 years...it sure would be nice to get some younger people to help. 

John Hudachek

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Pisgah Trail Maintenance - 2013-06-08

David Weisel, John Bernstein, John Hudachek and Friends of Pisgah (FOP) trails chief John Herrick met at the Kilburn Trailhead at 10:00.  While discussing the activities for the day we noticed a group of 3 dead birch trees leaning over the parking lot.  So our first job was to cut and remove the dead birch trees.

We then proceeded down the Kilburn Trail.  After tropical storm Andrea dumped alot of rain this morning, water was running down and across large sections of the trail.  We determined this was an opportunity to drain water from the low spots and divert water flowing down the trail.  Much work was done with potato hooks and a mattock.

On the trail the mosquitoes were very annoying. Sitting on the walkway above the Kilburn dam for lunch we enjoyed a strong breeze from the north that freed us from the mosquitoes.  We observed two loon diving for their lunch.  Back on the trail after lunch I saw my first deer fly of the season sucking her last lunch from my wrist.

We were back at the parking just before 2:00 concluding a very productive day.

John Hudachek