Chesterfield Conservation Commission
2014 was a year of CCC presentations, celebratory unveilings and commendable work from our trail adopter volunteer force.
Spring was the official unveiling of the kiosks at the Town Office building and the Chesterfield Gorge displaying the Recreation Opportunities (public lands, hiking trails, bike routes, boat landings and snowmobiling trails) in the Town of Chesterfield. The kiosks were paid for from a grant secured from the Q2C (Quabbin to Cardigan), the map prepared by Steve Woleryszak of the Southwest Regional Planning and GPS work by the Monadnock Conservancy. The event showcased the Chesterfield Gorge restoration by the Friends of the Chesterfield Gorge and the new interest of the State of New Hampshire for supporting the Gorge.
The commission also added to the tree planting plan presented by Bob Brockman, this year was the care and maintenance of three trees in the center of town.
Summer work included our continued financial support of the Spofford Lake Associations Lake Host Program and again this year the biologist found no invasive plant species in Spofford Lake. Other activities including a collaboration with the Chesterfield Historical Society as Lynne Borofsky presented on the life of Madame Sherri in the picnic area of the Madame Sherri Forest. New mailboxes holding trial maps painted by the Chesterfield students under the art direction of Cindy Walsh were placed at the trailheads in town.
The Fall event in the Madame Sherri Forest celebrated the new bridge and the unveiling of the Madame Sherri Poster designed by Tom Duston based on the research of Lynne Borofsky. The bridge was build by Rob Koning and paid for with a grant the commission received from Fields Pond Foundation in Waltham, MA and the Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests. The poster Kiosk was a collaboration with the handi work of Ray Dunn and financial support of the Chesterfield Historical Society and the Forest Society. Anne Stokes was able to join in a historical presentation about the story of Madame, the castle and its journey to its present use by hikers, brides, family reunions and ghost hunters.
Tom Duston and Lynne Borofsky also presented at the Annual Meeting of the New Hampshire Association of Conservation Commissions about the work of the Chesterfield Conservation Commission through the years as an inspiration to other commissions around the state.
As always, the year had with various challenges, the gate at old Proudy Road was damaged again and vandalism was discovered at Pierce Island. These issues as well as trail maintenance keep the commission busy.
The Commission’s work would not be possible this year without the amazing amount of volunteer work from our trail adopters and volunteers who remove trees, clear trails, repair bridges, paint and put up signs, update maps and designed a new Friedsam x-country ski trail. Much thanks to: Ray Dunn, Val and Jon Starbuck, Pam and Ken Walton, Connie LeFleur, Kathy Thatcher, Chris Hardy, Ed and Barb Fletcher, Jon Glende, Laurel Powell, John Herrick, Graham Golden, Bob abd Nancy Miller, Wayne Dingman, Pat Grace and Scott the free guy.
Please check out our website chesterfieldoutdoors.com managed by Jeff Newcomer, and don’t hesitate to join our volunteers or be placed on our info elist by calling Tom Duston at 256-6082.