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Board Meetings - 2013
Board Meetings - First Thursday of alternate months. (January 3, March 7, May 2, no meeting in July, September 5, November 7). All are welcome. Ashby Public Library, Ashby, MA, or Shieling Forest Barn in Peterborough, NH,. 7:00 PM. Send us an email to confirm location. email@example.com
Trail Work Days 2013
All workdays start at 8:30 AM and typically wind down around 3:00 or 4:00 in the afternoon. Bring lunch, water, work clothes, and enthusiasm. We supply the tools and encouragement. Call Mike Przybyla for details 603-878-3350.
Saturday May 11, 2013 – Miller State Park / Pack Monadnock
The first workday will involve general maintenance and drainage work along the well used section of trail between the the two Packs. There are some drainage issues on the north side of Pack and the entire section needs a good trim. We will also be re-blazing the section. Meet at the Miller State Park lower parking lot at 8:30AM.
Saturday September 28, 2013 – Windblown XC Ski Area / Barrett Mountain
The second workday will be along the new Wapack Trail section through Windblown. This recent reroute has been in use for a few years now and we will be doing general drainage work on those sections where erosion has started. Meet at 8:30AM at at Windblown XC Ski Area, Route 123/124 in New Ipswich. Note there is another event planned at Windblown that day so we will need to park at the upper parking lot.
Saturday October 26, 2013 – Barrett and New Ipswich Mountans
The last workday of the 2013 season will be general maintenance on the Barrett Mountain-New Ipswich Mountain section. We'll be putting in some water bars, repainting blazes, and clearing brush in an area that was logged a few years back and is now growing in. We'll meet at 8:30 AM at Windblown XC Ski Area, Route 123/124 in New Ipswich, and hike in.
The location of these workdays may change, check back here for any changes and updates.
These workdays are a good opportunity to contribute in direct way to the maintenance of the trail, learn some trail maintenance techniques, and have a good time. Hope to see you there.
Saturday, August 31: Wapack Trail End to End!
Saturday, October 19: Friends of the Wapack Annual Meeting Hike.
Check back for any changes or additions to the hike schedule
Let us know if you would like someone from the Friends of the Wapack to lead a hike on the Wapack Trail for your group. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, October 19, 1PM: Annual Meeting. Town Meeting House, Rte. 123, Sharon, NH.
Featured Guest Speaker:
Ryan Owens: “Conservation Easements and Protecting Hiking Trails”
For anyone who is interested in conservation and the preservation of the great scenic resources and hiking trails of the Monadnock Region, you must come and hear Ryan Owens speaking at this year’s Friends of the Wapack Annual Meeting. Ryan is the Executive Director of the Monadnock Conservancy, which in the past twenty-five years has conserved more than seventeen thousand acres throughout the region. Ryan will be speaking about the use of conservation easements as a tool in land protection, and about the tremendous positive impact easements have had on the local environment. He will also speak to different options for protecting hiking trails, including using the New Hampshire Municipal Trails Act and other mechanisms. Finally, he will bring us up-to-date on the wider initiatives of the Temple-to-Crotched Corridor and the Quabbin-to-Cardigan Partnership, and explain how the Wapack Trail is a key element of these efforts. Everyone is welcome!
Ryan Owens joined the Monadnock Conservancy as a conservation project manager in 2006 and was promoted to executive director in 2008. He completed his master's degree through the Field Naturalist Program at the University of Vermont, where he studied natural resource inventory and interpretation with an eye to applying science and communication to land conservation challenges. Prior to that, he worked in nonprofit development with The Wilderness Society in Boston. He holds an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, where he studied ecology and environmental studies. He serves on the New Hampshire State Park System Advisory Council, he is vice chair of the Cheshire County UNH Cooperative Extension Advisory Council and founding secretary of the New Hampshire Land Trust Coalition, and he is a member of the Chamber Singers of Keene. Ryan lives with his wife and son in Walpole.
Everyone is welcome!
8:30 AM - 90th Anniversary Hike (optional). Wapack National Wildlife Refuge / North Pack Monadnock. Join US Fish and Wildlife Service Biologist Nancy Pau on a morning hike up North Pack Monadnock. Nancy will identify and answer questions on flora and fauna in the Refuge along the way. Hike distance approx. 3 mi round trip, moderately strenuous. Meet at the Wapack National Wildlife Refuge parking lot on Old Mountain Rd. in Greenfield, NH at 8:30AM. Contact Lee Baker (603) 525-5262 or email email@example.com
Noon: Informal “bring-your-own” lunch at Sharon Meeting House. The Friends will provide beverages and light desserts. Bring a dessert to share if you like.
1:00PM: Featured Speaker Ryan Owens, Executive Director, Monadnock Conservancy, followed by Friends of the Wapack, Inc., business meeting and election of officers.
Download the 2013 Annual Meeting flyer here.
For questions regarding our annual meeting, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org