This report summarizes the water quality of Chocorua Lake for 2012.
For more information, please contact Dwight Baldwin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CMC Annual Trail Clearing – Come One, Come All!
Now that it is April and it’s finally stopped snowing….we are welcoming in spring and the beginning (for many of us) of the hiking season. It is time to get out onto the CMC trails, which we ‘adopt’ for the White Mountain National Forest. We will be preparing the trails for the increased summer traffic in ways which encourage maintenance of the forest’s natural beauty and health. (Controlling erosion is good for the hiker as well as the land.) This means clearing away blow downs, cleaning out waterbars, and clipping.
Trail Clearing is always the second Saturday in May, and this year it is May 11th. We will meet in Wheeler’s field by 8:30 to greet each other and assign trails. We accommodate a range of ages and levels of experience since there is work to be done around the lake and on Conservation Land as well as on Paugus and Chocorua. There will be a social time and dinner followed by the annual meeting at the Balch Big House beginning around 5:00.
The CMC will be in need of officers next year as Ken and Howard, after serving for 3 and 33 years respectively, are both stepping down. We thank them for their dedication as President and Treasurer! If you or anyone you know would like to know more about this opportunity, please let Ken Smith, Howard Mathews or Kate Lanou know.
For trail work, dress for the projected weather, including bugs, rain and cold; and bring water, snacks, lunch, clippers/loppers or trail tool of choice. Stay for whatever amount of time you can, but it is helpful to come in the morning rather than finding a group later on.
For dinner, there are usually green beans, potatoes, bread and ham; people often bring a side dish, salad or dessert. It’s byob pretty much, too.
It’s a great way to reconnect with fellow outdoor enthusiasts, see how the mountain fared over the winter and have fun doing something good. Feel free to invite any willing workers, and hope to see you on May 11th!!
This report summarizes the water quality of Chocorua Lake for 2011.
Particularly interesting was the effect of Hurricane Irene in late August of 2011 (see page 47) on the lake-water quality as well as the long-term positive effect of installation of best management practices on the eastern shore in 1999. This “berm and swale” project was designed to limit phosphorus input and thus algal growth/chlorophyll-a concentrations in the lake (see pages 49 and 51). For more information, please contact Dwight Baldwin (email@example.com).
Meet in the Wheeler field (coming from the Narrows Bridge the driveway is on Chocorua Lake road just past Loring Road on the right) between 8 and 8:30 to assess teams, assign trails and work details, and hand out tools and first aid kits. The current conditions are VERY hot and EXTREMELY dry so bring lots of water, as well as your own clippers, hand saws, etc. Please show up rain or shine, if the rain is very heavy we may elect to hike on Sunday the 13th, but the meeting will be held on the evening of the 12th.
All ages and skill levels are welcome. First priority will be clearing trails on Mt. Chocorua and Paugus (a full-day hiking and trail clearing/maintenance). For those who might want a less rigorous hike we also have work to be done on the trails on the CLCF Conservation land (lighter hiking, perhaps 2-3 hours). And for those who would like to do just a little light raking lakeside, The Grove and The Island will have a work crew too (no hiking, perhaps 1-2 hours).
Everyone is welcome at the social hour and dinner (salads/desserts are potluck and BYOB) followed by the CMC Annual Meeting at the Balch Big House (0n Loring Road). Festivities begin after crews come down off the mountain or around 5:30 pm. The CMC Annual Meeting will start around 7:30pm, all are welcome to join us, and this year will include a presentation by the White Mountain National Forest Service. We hope to see many faces, young and old, at Trail Clearing this year!