This past week, Alana and Madison have been busy scouting projects with the United States Forest Service for the New Hampshire JAG program. In addition to working on the Mt. Jasper trail with the Berlin JAG students, a project has been decided on, in conjunction with Forest Service, to work in Devil’s Hopyard in the Kilkenny Range. The trail work will be replacing a rotten bridge over a stream on the trail about a mile past the South Pond recreation area. Nate Peters, Trails Supervisor at the Androscoggin Ranger Station, will be leading the crew with Alana and Madison for that week’s project, as well as discussing Forest Service employment opportunities with the students. This is important work so that the public can appreciate and enjoy the unique landscape of Devil’s Hopyard.
The Woodsville students will be working to maintain a trail that they have all hiked as eighth graders for their Earth Science class. The Chippewa Trail is a steep trail to the summit of Black Mountain. The lower parts see heavy water damage and the students will focus on minimizing that loss with rock and timber structures to divert the water. Two weeks will be taken to improve certain sections of the trail and clean existing structures. Justin Preisendorfer, Recreation Specialist at the Pemigewasset Forest Service District, will be joining the group to lend his expertise and knowledge of trail maintenance as well as inform the students of his work in the fields of outdoor recreation and forestry for both the Appalachian Mountain Club and the US Forest Service.
JAG and the AMC are thrilled to be working in cooperation with the US Forest Service to maintain some local gems off the beaten path!