Hello Friends of Chesterfield Conservation (including a welcome to several new members),
Just wanted to bring you up to date on a few items of interest:
The Friends of Pisgah Board is looking for a couple of new members. If you are a Pisgah fan and want to get involved in the management and preservation of the park you can contact one of the following: John Hudachek at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Kim Nielsen at email@example.com. This is a great organization which has been standing up for Pisgah Park for many years.
Just to alert you that there will be temporary closures of the West River Trail in the vicinity of the Route 91 bridge, both this summer and for several years. If you are considering a hike on the WRT, check: firstname.lastname@example.org before setting out.
Mark August 24th on your calender. That is the date of the Monadnock Conservancy Annual meeting and this one promises to be better than ever. Although the theme will be "Speaking for the Forests", I'm not sure that even the Monadnock Conservancy can produce the Lorax! I will pass along more information and a reminder as the date nears.
We have had an uptick in vandalism in recent weeks. The pin was again cut on the east gate of Prouty Road, a small group in a vehicle tried to go around the west gate by taking down the stone wall of the local residents (!), a flood repair near the Hines Road bridge was tossed about, and the Forest Society kiosk at Madame Sherri's was broken into and the poster taken. Repairs have been or are being made at these locations. It is hoped that the recent installation of a surveillance camera, as well as increased coordination and vigilance by the Chesterfield Police and NH Fish and Game might reduce these problems. Meanwhile please keep your eyes and ears open for any gossip that might be helpful in dealing with this problem. Call the Chesterfield Police with any information or suggestions at 911 (if immediate) or 363-4233. We have been working with Lt. Chickering.
Once again thanks to the trail adopters (now up to 16) for their fine work. The Bear Mountain, Daniels Mt., and Connector Trails could all use an adopter.
I am going out of town but will be checking in periodically.