Past Events are listed below.
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.
With the road down from Horseshoe Trailhead eroded from tropical storm Irene and other fall rains the monthly Pisgah trail maintenance crew decided to work on the two hills of the Horseshoe Road loop. John Herrick raked the road using his tractor. The raking crew John and his brother Bill Hudachek from Crystal Lake, Illinois, Susan and Walter Slowinski from Brattleboro and Bob Lorette removed tree branches and large rocks. Culverts were also cleared.
Joyce Roberts, Laura Susmann and Steve from NEMBA joined Friends of Pisgah trail maintenance regulars John Herrick, John Hudachek and Matt Edson at the Kilburn parking lot at 10:00 am on the 2nd Saturday of September, 2011. Our main mission of the day was to clear two known downed trees one near the three bridges on Davis Hill Trail and the another on the Reservoir Trail just south of the Baker Pond Trail. We hiked and cleared the Kilburn Trail and the Blasting Trail through the Hinsdale Town Forest up to the Baker Pond Trail. We cleaned up the downed trees near the Davis Hill Trail three bridges area, then ate our packed lunches. We then hiked up to the Reservoir Trail and all the way to the North Ponds Trail without finding the reported downed trees. We found out later that Gary
Three Friends of Pisgah members John Herrick, John Hudachek and Matt Edson meet at the Kilburn parking lot at our usual 10:00 am on the 2nd Saturday of July.
On our May 14th trail work day, we headed in from our usual meeting spot, the Kilburn parking lot, and made our way to the Pisgah Ridge Trail. Our focus was on Pisgah Ridge Trail heading north to Baker Pond Trail and then on to the Davis Hill Trail, eventually taking us back to the Kilburn parking lot. John Herrick, John Hudachek, Wendy Jacobs and I were joined by Hinsdale Honor student Autumn Denyou who donated her time that day. Thanks to Matt Edson for enticing her to join us! The usual blow down trees were cleared along the way. We had loppers with us and did our share of clearing along the trails, though the mosquitoes can make it a challenge at this time of year!
Wendy Jacobs, Gary Montgomery, Kathy Thatcher, John Herrick and John Hudachek gathered at the Kilburn Trailhead on a warm, sunny April morning for our monthly trail maintenance. Given reports of trees down across the Kilburn Trail the crew headed down the west side of Kilburn Pond.
After removing trees across the trail down to the Kilburn dam we crossed the stream below the dam and bushwhacked east to the east leg of the Kilburn Trail. We then proceeded north on the Kilburn Trail clearing numerous downed trees and limbs before returning to the Kilburn trailhead.
Twenty-six (26) people met at the Kilburn Trail Head on Route 63 in Hinsdale at 10:00 am, Saturday, March 19, 2011 to look for critter tracks and other wildlife sign with Jeff Littleton, expert tracker and field ecologist from Moosewood Ecological. Twenty-four wore shoe shoes as the snow was soft off the beaten path. Along the way, we observed browse sign from deer and snowshoe hare on red maple saplings, as well as feeding signs from pileated woodpeckers. We also discovered deer incisor scrapes on young hemlock saplings. We discussed the importance of hemlock as both a winter food source and critical habitat for wintering deer.
Only two workers showed up for the March 2011 Saturday morning trail maintenance. Given reports of wind damage and trees down the two FOP Council members named John headed toward the Pisgah Ridge Trail with a chain saw, loppers and their lunch.
Numerous trees were found across the north leg of the Kilburn Trail and along the connector trail (yellow diamond markers) to the Pisgah Ridge Trail. We experienced frequent "post holing" where a step outside the narrow packed snow shoe/ski trail would cause a foot and leg to plunge 1 to 2 feet into the soft snow.