Sunday, July 14, 2013
Trail work by Jackie Stetser
Maybe it was the word "work". I don't know. I just wasn't sure that I wanted to get involved. I wasn't sure that I Wanted to turn my favorite fun activity into work. I did not know if I was strong enough to do all the work. What if I'm asked to move rocks? Heavy rocks are not what I want to be moving!
John Bigl put me at ease, letting know that I had options on what I would've doing. A group on11 of us worked on building the bridge on the Parker Trail. We raked, cut back brush and branches and created a new section of trail. John worked with Dave Anderson carrying a 16 foot long planks for the bridge. Jason Teatster was in charge of building the bridge. John Bigl was in charge of trail work. We worked for six hours, and the time just flew by. We laughed, told stories, and ate together.
I found that trail work is nothing to fear. It's a great way to meet people who love nature, and give back to Mount Monadnock, my favorite place to both work and play!
State Park Manager recently wrote: The touching part of our ongoing relationship with this mountain is that we, as a people, have also been there when Monadnock needed us. Monadnock needs us just as much as we need it; the mountain needs you. There is a continuous 130 year history of people and organizations fighting for this mountain. The Town of Jaffrey stood up and protected Monadnock from private enterprise and exploitation. The State of New Hampshire stepped up and protected Monadnock from private logging operations that would have stripped her eastern sides bare. The Society For The Protection of New Hampshire Forests were not only there to save Monadnock from private housing developments, the Forest Society has continued to conserve land as recently as 2012; protecting another 400 acres of our beloved peak.
Giving back to Monadnock was a special time for me. I’ll be back next year even stronger. I know that I’m capable of doing trail work. Actually, just about anyone could! I was able to stop when I was tired, and no one cracked a whip or brow beat me into doing more than I felt capable of doing. Yes, it was a very meaningful, fun day!
I left the State Park knowing that I was a part of something important.
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