SRK Greenway announces Autumn Hikes and Trail Work

2014 Oct Q2c AdLake Sunapee Region, N.H. — The SRK (Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge) Greenway Coalition kicks off its October schedule of outings with a six-mile, classic New Hampshire hike (moderately difficult) on Mt. Kearsarge, from Winslow State Park to Valley Road in North Sutton, on Saturday, October 4. See the SRKGC website calendar for details.

Trail work follows at Mount Sunapee State Park on the Summit Trail on Sunday, October 12. This is a cooperative undertaking of the SRKGC and the Goshen Conservation Commission. After an easy half-mile hike to the work site, the task at hand is to clear water drains on Mount Sunapee’s beautiful western slope trail

Other hikes and trail work follow throughout the month. The public is invited to participate. For more information and to sign up, visit: www.srkg.com.

The SRK Greenway is a 75-mile loop of hiking trails, surrounding Lake Sunapee, crossing Sunapee, Ragged, and Kearsarge Mountains, and maintained by Greenway volunteers. The Greenway’s mission is to create and maintain a forever green, great circle of trail corridors and conserved lands providing walkers with minimally-developed access to the mountains, lakes, vistas and historical sites of the region.

World class sailors on Lake Sunapee to compete

Sunapee, N.H. — The Lake Sunapee Yacht Club is hosting the 2014 Western Hemisphere Star Sailboat Championships, a seven race series (June 16 to June 20) featuring Star sailors from as far away as Brazil and The Bahamas.

Conditions permitting, races start Monday on Lake Sunapee.

For the Valley News, Jared Pendak reported:

“It’s the second largest star boat regatta in the world, after the World Championships,” said event chairman John Chiarella, a past commodore and skipper who will be one of 13 competitors from the Lake Sunapee Star Fleet. “Only the sailors in the top percentiles of their fleets and districts can qualify for this event, so it’s something we’re excited about.” –  Top Sailors Flock to Lake Sunapee for Marquee Event (Valley News)

Follow the races via the website http://lsyc-live.com and for the List of Competitors, Race Schedule and Current Weather Conditions.

Sunapee Sightings: Along River Road

 

RiverRoad_CC_2014Apr Sunapee Sightings: How about a short walk?  Enjoy River Road in Sunapee Harbor Village, where you can take in the scenery and sights along the Sugar River. Enjoy the new Sugar River Bridge and the Sunapee Riverwalk, a 1/2 mile trail from the harbor dam to the Information Booth on Route 11. To share your favorite walking path or hiking trail in and around Sunapee, leave a reply. Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee.

Students, join the rowing team!

LS Rowing ClubLake Sunapee, N.H., (Lake Sunapee Rowing Club announcement)Avoid concussions. Join the Rowing Team!

Lake Sunapee Rowing Club will start the fall rowing season for all area middle and high school students ages 13 and up on August 26.

Compete regionally, learn a lifelong sport, maintain fitness for your spring sport, and get on the lake. Practice will be Mon. – Fri., 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., August 26 to Oct 31, at the Georges Mills Public Boat Launch.

Coach Brenda Balenger graduated from the Institute for Rowing Leadership in Boston, is US Rowing Level III certified, and is experienced in collegiate, masters, and junior sweep and sculling programs.

Write us: lakesunapeerowing@gmail.com
Look us up: www.lakesunapeerowing.com
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Call Brenda with questions: 603-481-2166

Lake Sunapee Rowing Club: You can learn to scull

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Small Group Lessons ~ 4-6 Rowers
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Trailwork volunteers needed in the Lake Sunapee Region

Mount Sunapee's Lake Solitude

The highland trails in the region’s state parks, such as on Mount Sunapee and on Mount Kearsarge in Winslow State Park, are seeing more and more hikers each year. Photo shows Lake Solitude, near the top of Mount Sunapee.

Hikers, walkers and outdoor enthusiasts: The hiking trails in the Lake Sunapee region need your help.

“The need is never-ending to identify and encourage new volunteers who can build and maintain the area’s trails,” says Gerry Gold for the Trails Committee of the Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition.

SRKG, an all-volunteer non-profit organization, is looking for more volunteers to help keep up and improve the region’s trail system, which includes more than 75 miles of walking paths and hiking trails that cross Sunapee, Ragged and Kearsarge mountains and takes in three state forests and four state parks.

The Greenway connects state, town and private lands and gives hikers and walkers access to mountains, lakes, vistas and historical sites across the region.

These trails also connect with other popular hiking areas, such as Mount Monadnock.

Building a Trailworks Community

With organized and advertised events–eight trailwork events in four months–SRKG with support from the Quabbin to Cardigan Partnership hope to grow and strengthen the area’s trailwork community.

Each event will focus on specific improvements to local trails and teach trailwork skills to new volunteers.

The trailwork campaign will also help spread the word about the area’s trails, organizations and conserved lands, which are part of a larger landscape, the Q2C (Quabbin to Cardigan) region.

Volunteers Needed

On Tuesday, July 23, trailwork volunteers have three “help and learn” opportunities: easy, moderate and difficult.

  • Sunapee, Upper Sunapee Village to North Road (Easy) – Blaze a trail: Paint and plastic blazes show the way. To volunteer, contact Lisa Correa (c.lisa7716@gmail.com).
  • Goshen, Lower Summit Trail, Mount Sunapee State Park (Moderate) – Clean a waterbar: Rakes, shovels and a short walk in. Contact Dave Coulter (603-934-0148 )
  • Andover, Ragged Mountain from Proctor Academy (Difficult) – Move a trail requiring a 1.5 mile hike uphill with tools. Contact Gerry Gold (603-526-2857 or geecubed@yahoo.com)

Trailwork is also planned for July 24-26. The Student Conservation Association high school trail crew will be working on the Barlow Trail on Mount Kearsarge at Winslow State Park in Wilmot.  Also, SCA will do trailwork on July 28-31.

Increasing use of highland trails

The highland trails in the region’s state parks, such as on Mount Sunapee and on Mount Kearsarge in Winslow State Park, are seeing ever-increasing traffic including use by large groups that meet up to hike, explained Gold.

With the internet and on-line networking and easy access to information, the area is no longer a secret. The well-publicized areas are seeing many more hikers (of varying experience). More use means more wear and tear to the trails and the need for more trail maintenance.

Also, when new hiking opportunities open up with new or expanded land conservation, the call for experienced trail crews increases.

Ideally, a perfect trail crew member is someone who works on their favorite trails and pathways, Gold added.  However, “even if we only need three or four people on a given day, it may take an email list of 100 to find those people ready and able on that day.”

To learn more about joining the area’s Trailwork Community. Email trails@srkg.com.

For information about the Greenway, including SRKG membership ($10/yr), the SRKG Guide, and volunteer opportunities, visit www.srkg.com or email srkgc@srkg.com.

Phillips Preserve protects 71 acres on Goose Hole Road

Phillips Preserve NL NHNew London, NH — With support from New London voters and the town’s Conservation Commission, the Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust in June, 2013, added the Phillips Preserve to its list of protected lands in the Kearsarge/Sunapee region.

The 71-acre Phillips Preserve easement, on Goose Hole Road in New London, is owned by the town and managed by the New London Conservation Commission.

The property has over 1,600 feet of frontage on Otter Pond and over 700 feet of frontage on Otter Pond Brook, which flows from Goose Hole Pond into Otter Pond.

The Phillips Preserve is open to the public for low impact recreation, offering significant trails on the property. The easement, managed for timber production, had a recent timber cut on the property that created a substantial view of Mount Sunapee.

At the 2012 Town Meeting, the voters of New London voted unanimously to place a conservation easement on the property.

In 1980, as a memorial to her husband, Stephen, summer resident Bessie Wright Phillips of Salem, Massachusetts, gifted these 71 acres on Otter Pond to the Town of New London.

In the fall of 1993, Mrs. Phillips was recognized nationally for her 7,000-acre donation in the Rangeley Lakes region of Maine.

Prior to her death in 1996, Mrs. Phillips granted easements on her five New London properties on Burpee Hill Road, Little Lake Sunapee and Route 103A, which benefits all that enjoy the regional landscape.

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