Free Training on Proper Methods to Maintain Trails

Patrick Hummel, Volunteer Coordinator for the NH Department of Parks and Recreation, will be conducting a free training this Spring for FOP members on the proper methods used to evaluate and maintain trails and roads. 

Please contact the FOP by clicking the Contact Us link on the right side of this page or email us at FriendsofPisgah@gmail.com to express your interest or to request further information. If this workshop appeals to enough members Friends of Pisgah will notify Patrick so he can set up a time and date for the workshop.

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.

26th Annual Friends Of Pisgah Picnic

09/28/2013 - 11:30am
09/28/2013 - 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!  All are invited to share in the good times with members, families and guests.

New members are encouraged to attend.  Hamburgers, hot dogs and roasted corn-on-the-cob 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 may have kayaks and canoes to borrow if the condition of Old Chesterfield Road from the Visitor’s Center to Fullam Pond gets improved.

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 - 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