Monadnock Trails Week, July 12 to 16

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is hosting the eighth annual Monadnock Trails Week from July 12-16.

Volunteers are invited to join conservation professionals and trail maintainers to help restore degraded hiking trails on Mount Monadnock during the five-day event.

“Volunteers are the engine that makes trails week run,” said Forest Society Land Steward Coordinator Carrie Deegan, who organizes the event. “This is a great opportunity to learn about trail maintenance, share your own knowledge, and help to keep one of New Hampshire’s most storied mountains in top condition.”

No prior trail work experience is required to volunteer, but those under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult supervisor, and the heavy-duty trail work completed during trails week is not recommended for those under 13.

This year, groups of volunteers will be constructing several footbridges, creating new waterbars and stone stairs, cleaning and repairing drainages, and brushing in over-widened trails. Volunteers are welcome to participate for one day or several.

Mount Monadnock is one of the most-climbed mountains in the western hemisphere. In 1915, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests conserved its first tract of 406 acres on the mountain, beginning a long-term effort to protect the natural integrity of the mountain and its surroundings.

Since then, the Forest Society has acquired more than 4,000 acres at Mount Monadnock and Gap Mountain in the towns of Dublin, Marlborough, Troy and Jaffrey. The Forest Society leases much of this land to the state to be operated as Mount Monadnock State Park.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Carrie Deegan at cdeegan@forestsociety.org or 224-9945.

Founded in 1901, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is the state’s oldest and largest nonprofit land conservation organization.

Supported by 10,000 families and businesses, the Forest Society’s mission is to perpetuate the state’s forests by promoting land conservation and sustainable forestry. For more information, visit www.forestsociety.org.

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