Events and Activities

On East Hill for the December 2010 Ice Storm

Next Conservation Commission Meeting
 

Fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 in the Chesterfield Town Office
(Unless otherwise posted.)


 

The next Conservation Committee meeting will be August 27, 2018 at 7:30 PM.
 

 

The Conservation Commission runs events on a regular basis to focus on our hiking trails and other of our environmental protection or education activities. These events are often outdoors, such as snowshoe or trail hikes, or new trail openings, but occasionally may be indoors, featuring speakers or films of environmental protection significance. In this section we will announce and report on all such events and activities.  In certain circumstances, for example, when money is spent out of the Conservation Fund which involves a land easement purchase, we will hold a "public hearing".  Such hearings will be announced well beforehand, and we encourage you to attend.
 

We may also announce events or activities of close partner organizations, particularly those taking place in Chesterfield or towns close by with a local connection. The announcement of the periodic Friends of Pisgah or Friends of the Gorge Work Days would be an example of this, or the announcement this past fall of the opening of the Keene Connector of the Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail built in partnership with the Monadnock Conservancy and the Horatio Colony Trust.

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First Wantastiquet-Monadnock Sectional Hike 

Earth Day April 21, 2018 was a beautiful day for hiking for the first section of the Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail!  Thirty eager hikers began the journey up Wantastiquet ( 1,368 ft summit) enjoying the views west, to the south from Mine Ledge and enjoyed lunch at Indian Pond. The last stop was at the castle ruins where various photo shoots were happening.
The Chesterfield Conservation Commission provided return transportation and it was very much appreciated!!!

These sectional hikes are sponsored by the Wantastiquet-Monadnock Coalition which has been established with the mission to preserve, protect and promote this trail through coordination of all the groups who are stake holders in this trail.

The next hike is on May 12th at 10:00 AM leaving the Madame Sherri Forest to the Kilburn Trailhead in Pisgah. Please RSVP  Chris Hardee * (crhardee@myfairpoint.net)

 

Brief Hike Schedule (2018, WMT Coalition)

(Kick off at old Court House Hall in Keene, 5-7 pm, April 12)

 

(Note: Most of hikes 1 – 5 are in State of NH Tier I Wildlife Habitat!)                                     

 

  1. Over Mt. Wantastiquet to Madame Sherri’s    April 21           10 am    4.5 miles

            (info and registration: alicia.n.lacrosse@gmail.com)

 

            Moderately difficult, good views, bring lunch, return transportation provided

 

  1. Madame Sherri to Kilburn  (PisgahPark)          May 12    10 am    4 miles

            (info and registration, Chris: crhardee@myfairpoint.net)

 

            Easy to moderate, good views, bring lunch, return transportation provided

 

  1. Through Pisgah                  June 2  (National Trails Day)    10 am   9 miles

             (info and registration, Lynne: lborofsky@wsesu.org

 

            Mostly about fitness, remote area, bring lunch, return transportation provided

 

  1. Beals Road (Pisgah) to Forest Ave. (Swanzey)      June 23    10 am   5.5 miles    

            (info and registration: rick@monadnockconservancy.org)

 

            Easy to moderate, cut over areas, bring lunch, return transportation provided

 

  1. Forest Ave. through Colony Preserve (Keene)        Sept. 8     10 am    3.5 miles

            (info and registration: Paul: pbocko@antioch.edu)

 

            Easy to moderate, nice view, bring lunch, return transportation provided

 

  1. Through Keene, Cheshire Rail Trail            Sept. 22          10 am               5.5 miles                                             

               (info and registration, Frank: frankrster@gmail.com)

 

                Easy, mostly level, buy simple lunch in Keene, return transportation provided                                                        

 

  1. Stone Arch (Keene) to Troy           Oct. 13                           10 am                 7.5 miles

            (info and registration, Rob: rkoning@kontechdesign.com)

 

                 Easy but long, gradual uphill, bikes welcome,  bring lunch, return trans for hikers

 

 

  1. Troy to Gap  (North parking east of Gap)        Oct. 20    10 am                    5.0 miles

             (info and registration, Hiel: hlindquist@gmail.com)

 

                 Easy to moderate, views, bring lunch, return transportation

 

  1. Gap to Monadnock, return                    Nov 3rd              10 am       6.0 mile round trip

              (info and registration, Bernadette: darlinhope@comcast.net)

      Dress Warmly

 

 

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Once again this year (2015), the Chesterfield Conservation Commission (CCC) supported the Spofford Lake Association’s (SLA) Lake Host Program. The CCC made a financial gift to the NH Lakes Association (NH Lakes), the organization which manages the Lake Host payroll for Spofford Lake. NH Lakes is a member-supported, nonprofit organization; it helps individuals, groups, and businesses protect all of NH’s 1,000 lakes from problems like exotic, aquatic plants and polluted runoff water.

The Lake Host Team at Spofford’s boat landing inspects visiting boats to make sure invasive weeds (such as milfoil, fanwort, and hydrilla) are not accidentally brought to Spofford Lake. In 2014 there were 3,565 boat inspections, with a total of 33,171 inspections (and nine saves) since 2002. Kudos to the CCC, NH Lakes, and the SLA for maintaining the pristine waters of Spofford Lake… so that we can all continue to enjoy the jewel of Chesterfield! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

he Conservation Commission runs events on a regular basis to focus on our hiking trails and other of our environmental protection or education activities. These events are often outdoors, such as snowshoe or trail hikes, or new trail openings, but occasionally may be indoors, featuring speakers or films of environmental protection significance. In this section we will announce and report on all such events and activities.

We may also announce events or activities of close partner organizations, particularly those taking place in Chesterfield or towns close by with a local connection. The announcement of the periodic Friends of Pisgah or Friends of the Gorge Work Days would be an example of this, or the announcement this past fall of the opening of the Keene Connector of the Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail built in partnership with the Monadnock Conservancy and the Horatio Colony Trust.

In certain circumstances, for example when money is spent out of the conservation fund which involves a land or easement purchase, we will hold a "public hearing". Such hearings will be announced well beforehand and we encourage you to attend.