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Calendar of events - 2015

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Board Meetings - 2015

Board Meetings - First Thursday of alternate months unless otherwise noted. (January 8, March 5, May 7, no meeting in July, September 3, November 5). All are welcome. January and March board meetings at Ashby Public Library, Ashby, MA,  May, September and November meetings at Shieling Forest Barn in Peterborough, NH,. 7:00 PM. Send us an email to confirm location.

2015 Events are being planned. Please check back! You can view last year's events below.

Annual Meeting 2014

Saturday, October 25, 1PM: Annual Meeting. Town Meeting House, Rte. 123,  Sharon, NH.

Featured Guest Speaker:


Francie Von Mertens: “Invasive Plants of the Monadnock Region”


Francie (top, elbow on cab of family truck) on a garlic mustard pull with Well School families and friends.


     Join us for a fascinating and informative presentation by Francie Von Mertens on the effects of invasive plants on natural communities in our region, identification and steps you can take. Everyone is welcome!

     A longtime member of the Peterborough Conservation Commission, Francie is active in land conservation projects with NH Audubon and the Harris Center, as well as the town of Peterborough. She writes about the natural world for the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript and elsewhere. The negative impacts of invasive plant species on the natural world is a growing concern. As early detection and removal of invasives works best, she will go just about anywhere, just about anytime, to present the topic to interested groups. She can be reached at

Everyone is welcome!


Informative Brochure distributed by Francie and available at the meeting

9:00 AM Hike (optional). Temple Mt. State Reservation / Beebe Trail. Join us on a morning loop hike through the former Temple Mt. Ski Area on the Wapack Trail and the new Beebe Trail! Meet at the Temple Mt. State Reservation parking lot on Route 101 in Peterborough, NH at 9:00AM. For details contact Lee Baker (603) 525-5262 or email .

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 Francie Von Mertens, followed by Friends of the Wapack, Inc., business meeting with highlights from this years projects (Shelter restoration at Miller State Park, the new Beebe Trail, new view trail on Joanne Bass Bross Preserve), and election of officers.

Download the 2014 Annual Meeting flyer with directions here.

 For questions regarding our annual meeting, please send an email to

Trail Work Days 2014

 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 3, 2014 – Miller State Park
For the first workday of 2014, we'll be working yet again at Miller State Park. We'll be splitting into at least two groups depending on the turn out. One group will hike north on the Wapack Trail to remove some trees that were damaged during hurricane Sandy and have fallen on to the trail over the winter. The second group will be extending the Spruce Knoll Trail to an overlook just east of its present location. This trail is on the Nature Conservancy’s Joanne Bass Bross Preserve. In addition, we'll attempt to enhance the “Boston View” at Miller State Park by clearing brush at the start of the Spruce Knoll Trail, which we were unable to do last year due to the weather. Meet at the Miller State Park lower parking lot at 8:30 AM.

National Trails Day, Saturday June 7, 2014 – Temple Mountain State Reservation
We have a special project for National Trails Day, June 7! We'll be cutting a new base to summit trail at Temple Mountain State Reservation. The new trail will be to the East of the Wapack Trail. In combination with the Wapack it will provide a nice loop hike through the State Reservation. Much of the route will follow old Alpine and Cross-Country ski trails, with one large switchback to avoid steep terrain. We'll cut the trail now and return later to install signs and blazing. The trail also passes some historical features of the old ski area including the weight at the top of the original T-Bar and remnants of New Hampshire's first quad chair lift.

We'll meet at the Temple Mountain State Reservation parking lot, Route 101 in Peterborough, at 8:30 AM. Bring lunch, water, work clothes, bug spray, and enthusiasm. We supply the tools and encouragement. Contact Mike Przybyla for details or questions 603-878-3350.

Saturday Sept. 27, 2014 – Sharon Ledges
The second workday will be on the Sharon Ledges trail section on the Sharon/Temple town line. We'll be constructing some steps on an eroding section just before the Berry Pasture Trail and doing some general maintenance along this section. This will be a good opportunity for anyone interested in doing stonework. We will most likely be using a griphoist and hi-line to move the rock. We'll meet at 8:30 AM at the Bellettete Parking area in Sharon at the corner of Temple and Greenleaf Roads.  Contact Mike Przybyla for details or questions 603-878-3350.

Saturday October 18, 2014 – Temple Mountain State Reservation
The final workday of 2014 will be on the Wapack Trail between Temple  Mountain and Holt Peak. This section is seeing increasing use since the opening of the Temple Mountain Reservation. There has been  significant brush growth along this section. We will be clearing brush and reblazing this section. There are also a few water bars that need cleaning and general maintenance. This workday will be a good opportunity of newer trail adopters to see how brush should be cut along the trail. We'll meet at 8:30 AM at the Temple Mountain State Reservation parking lot on  Route 101 in Peterborough, NH opposite Miller State Park. Bring a lunch and water.  Contact Mike Przybyla for details or questions 603-878-3350.

To receive email reminders of our trail work days, send a request to be added to our trail work email distribution list to

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.

Hikes 2014

Saturday September 6, 2014: Wapack Trail End to End!:.
Hike the entire trail in one day! Group will meet at 6:00 AM at the trail head in Greenfield. Please call leader Tom Brumaghim to register and for details (603) 878-6167.

Saturday, October 25, 2014: Friends of the Wapack Annual Meeting Hike.
Join us on a morning loop hike through the former Temple Mt. Ski Area on the Wapack Trail and the new Beebe Trail! Meet at the Temple Mt. State Reservation parking lot on Route 101 in Peterborough, NH at 9:00AM. For details contact Lee Baker (603) 525-5262 or email .

Please 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

Friends of the Wapack hikes may also listed with the Harris Center for Conservation Education.
You can also hike the Wapack Trail with the Midstate Trail Committee.

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