Bill Mitchell

William (Bill) Mitchell, 91, of Chesterfield, NH passed away over Memorial Day weekend.  Bill was one of the founding members of the Friends of Pisgah, Inc. and served at its first president. His funeral was Friday, June 1st. 

Bear Mountain Connector Trail Maintenance - 2012-05-12

Friends of Pisgah trails chief John Herrick, President Kathy Thatcher, Gizmo, Matt Edson, John Hudachek, Chesterfield Conservation Commission member Jeff Newcomer and Nellie met at the Kilburn trail head at 10am.  The assignment was to clear and put up trail signs on the Bear Mountain Connector trail from the Kilburn trail head down to Plain Road in Hinsdale.  Kathy and Jeff put up trail signs, Matt using his brush cutter cleared encroaching shrubbery while John and John cut and cleared downed trees and branches. These last members of the work party returned to Kilburn parking area by 2pm.

John Hudachek

Click here to view photos by John Herrick and Jeff Newcomer

Habitat/Wildlife Trail Beaver Pond Walkway

A head's-up to all who travel along the Habitat/Wildlife Trail: The walkway across the beaver pond has collapsed in a couple of places and is not fit for crossing. It is still a lovely walk into the pond, from the Old Chesterfield Road or the South Woods Trail. And remember, your return trip will be from a new perspective. Enjoy! 

Kathy Thatcher 4/30/2012

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - 2012-04-14


David Weisel, Matt Edson, Becky & Dewy Ouger and their daughters Olivia and Grace, John Hudachek and Gizmo joined Friends of Pisgah trails chief John Herrick at the Kilburn trail head at 10:00.  Using rakes and shovels, ruts on the road to Kilburn Pond were smoothed.  Jesse Palmer, alias the Ax man, joined us half way to Kilburn Pond.  We removed sticks and cut brush from the side of the trail down to the Kilburn Pond Dam by noon. Matt used his brush cutter and several others used loppers to trim back the brush encroaching onto the trail.  At this time the majority called it a day and returned to their vehicles at the Kilburn trail head.  Meanwhile David, Jesse, John Hudachek and Gizmo continued around the entire Kilburn loop.

State Proposes Chesterfield Timber Harvest

The NH Division of Forests and Lands announced on April 3, 2012 its plan to harvest timber and improve wildlife habitat on 132.7 acres of Pisgah State Park in the town of Chesterfield.  See the attached letter and map for details.  Also included in the attached files are emails with comments concerning this proposed harvest.  Click Timber harvest slated for Pisgah to read the Keene Sentinel Wednesday, April 18, 2012 article.  Also Look to where our wood comes from by Tad Lacey from the Friday, April 27, 2012 Keene Sentinel.

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - 2012-03-10

Two DescriptionsBy the FOP Trails Chief: We met at Kilburn and two showed up there and the rest met at Horseshoe Road trailhead, because Kathy did some phone calls, to say this would be mostly a hike, and for me to leave the saw at home.

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - 2012-02-11

We met at Kilburn at 10:00, and about quarter after, headed for Horseshoe road to get some trees that are down on South Woods trail. We had a big crew of 3 and we sniped a few face slapper limbs that hang into the trail on the way down to the swamp area. 

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - 2012-01-14

After meeting at our normal meeting spot, the Kilburn parking lot, on a cool, partly sunny morning Kathy and Jon Thatcher, Gizmo, John Hudachek and John Herrick hiked the snow covered trail toward Kilburn Pond to remove large dead branches that had been reported to have fallen on the trail.  However, when we arrived at that spot the trail had already been cleared.  But being there with a chain saw, we cut down both a tree bent in a halfmoon shape over the trail and a large dead birch with high large branches that could potentially fall on hikers.

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - 2011-12-10

Matt Edson, Ed Fletcher, Gizmo, John Hudachek, Jon Knickerbocker, Gary Montgomery and Jim Nikiforakis joined Friends of Pisgah trails chief John Herrick and his John Deere tractor on a cool crisp December morning at the Kilburn trail head.  Using the tractor, rakes and shovels, culverts were cleaned, water bars installed and ditches dug along the side of the road to Kilburn Pond and the trail on the west side of the Kilburn loop.  This allows water to channel off the road and trail surface and not run down and erode the middle of the trail.  The crew worked from 10am-3pm.

Friends of Pisgah Annual Meeting - 2011-11-15

The 2011 Friends of Pisgah Annual Meeting was held at the Chesterfield Town Hall hosted by the Chesterfield Historical Society on Tuesday, November 15th.