of Pisgah Park
Editor of the Reformer:
There are many of us from the tri-state area for many years who have enjoyed the unique beauty of Pisgah Park in southwest New Hampshire Whether hiking or biking, snowmobiling or skiing, hunting or horseback riding on the many trails in the 13,500 acre park during any of the four seasons one always appreciates the sense of wilderness and serenity of this wonderful gem. There are few places left in this country, especially in the crowded northeast, where one can revel in the natural environment untouched by man in contrast to most of our surroundings that have been created or tampered with by man.
The park is changing dramatically as the state of New Hampshire proceeds in removing the most stately trees through commercial timber harvesting. The state’s justification is that timber harvesting, synonymous with forest management, is necessary to create healthy forests; as if forests left alone are doomed.
On July 4 I entered the park via old Winchester Road near the popular Horseshoe Road north entrance where cuts have just started. I was shocked and saddened by the transformation. This fall when Pisgah is at its best visit the park through the Horseshoe entrance in Chesterfield to experience a "healthy forest." There is no forest, and there will not be any semblance of a forest, healthy or not, for decades. It is laughable that every year the state closes the park to avoid possible trail damage with ruts from horses, bikers or hikers but now it is OK to ravage the trails with skidders and logging machinery.
There are abundant forests throughout the state designated for logging and there is no shortage of wood products in this region. Lumber is not the issue; the state and the timber industry want to make money off the park. The state’s recent management plan calls for tree removal of 65 percent of the park.
In 1968 Federal and State funds were combined to preserve a large tract of land which we’ve known as Pisgah Park, for outdoor recreation for the citizens of this region, not timber harvesting. If we want to continue enjoying Pisgah for its natural beauty we have to stop the cuts, or it will be a different place for a long time if we don’t. If you share these concerns please be heard; contact N.H. Department of Resources and Economic Development, your local representatives, write a letter.
Chesterfield, N.H., July 22
Editor of the Reformer:
We are on the lookout for seniors who are bored with staying at home out of the hot weather. The Bellows Falls Senior Center is air conditioned and just waiting for new and familiar faces. Most activities still continue. Despite the heat outside there are still many devoted exercisers on Tuesdays and Thursdays and there is always room for more.
A good game of cards is a good retreat and players are usually needed for King Pede, Cribbage, Bridge, and other games. If your shoes are getting a little snug you may want to make an appointment for some attention to your feet on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. And don’t forget to have your blood pressure checked on Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m. on Fridays.
A lack of exercise and all that good summer food could cause some problems. There are some trips available for the adventurous seniors. Some fun loving ladies are going on the August overnight to Maine. The Scottish Highland Games are coming on Sept. 21 for $99. This trip may require a good amount of walking. Sign up shortly. On Oct. 17, we are hoping for remaining foliage while we venture to Essex, Conn., for lunch on a train on the way to a boat ride and then back to the train for dessert. Sign up by September first. There are some holiday trips in the works, too.
If you are interested in trying some folk art, Roberta will be repeating her class on Aug. 2. The first class was great and we are all excited to learn more. Try it and you might be surprised at your own hidden talent.
The center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and we serve the towns of Athens, Grafton, Rockingham, Westminster and Walpole, N.H. Volunteers for Meals on Wheels delivery are still desperately needed, so if you have a little time to spare on Wednesdays or Thursdays please stop by the center. These delivery routes are in town and take approximately 30 to 40 minutes.
If you haven’t paid your annual $5 Tattler dues you will not receive your newsletter and you will be missing the activity schedules and your menu for the month. Stop by soon.
Bellows Falls, July 24