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Monadnock Weekly Report 05.10.13

Posted on by Patrick Hummel, Volunteer Program Coordinator

05.10.13

“The birds are singing in your eyes today. Sweet flowers blossom in your smile. The wind and sun are in the words you say. Where might your lonesome lover be?”- Woody Guthrie

 

The leaves are out on the Parker Trail! Trail entrance near the Poole Reservoir dam photograph by Patrick Hummel, 05.10.13.

The leaves are out on Monadnock’s Parker Trail! Trail entrance and bridge near the Poole Reservoir dam photographed by Patrick Hummel, 05.10.13.

 
It has been a busy week in the trees around the lower elevations of Monadnock. In a very short period of time, the leaves have sprung from their buds and the forest scenery is becoming more and more seasonably green in color.

The leaves are out at the base of Monadnock, and the trees in the middle of the mountain are not far behind. Photo by Patrick Hummel, 05.10.13

The leaves are out at the base of Monadnock, and the trees in the middle of the mountain are not far behind. Photo by Patrick Hummel, 05.10.13

We have welcomed periods of rain at Monadnock since Wednesday. And even though the sun shines brightly on the mountain today, thunderstorms and scattered showers may pop up this afternoon and evening.

Bald Rock and beyond, viewed from the White Arrow Trail. 05.06.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel.

Bald Rock and beyond, viewed from the White Arrow Trail. 05.06.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel.

We’re expecting overcast skies and more rain to move into the Region for Saturday.

Showers may carry over Saturday night, into Sunday morning. We hope to see some clearing and a return of sunshine as the day progresses on Sunday, continuing into the start of next week.

The same bud featured in last week's blog is now "open for the season". 05.10.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel.

The same bud featured in last week’s blog is now “open for the season”. 05.10.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel.

Overnight temperatures through the weekend are expected to fall into the low 50′s. We should see some cooling off in the daytime on Sunday, and into next week, with high temperatures at the base of the mountain reaching the low to mid 60′s.

A view to the south from Monadnock's summit, including nearby Perkins Pond where Route 124 runs through the middle. 05.06.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel.

A view to the south from Monadnock’s summit, including nearby Perkins Pond where Route 124 runs through the middle. 05.06.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel.

Especially in the lowest elevations, the black flies and mosquitoes are creating a formidable team to contend with. If you’re a hiker or camper that utilizes bug spray, now is the time to bring it! Bug spray is available in the Monadnock HQ Park Store, along with our new logo t-shirts.

As mentioned in previous reports, ticks are also out in great numbers this year. Take precautions, check yourself and your hiking partners over periodically, and stay on trail!

 

They won't help with the bugs, but t-shirts with our new Monadnock State Park logo are in the store. Men's and Women's styles and cuts are available for only $14 each.

They won’t help with the bugs, but spun cotton t-shirts with our new Monadnock State Park logo are now available in the store. Men’s and Women’s styles and colors are available for only $14 each. Patches, pins, and stickers featuring the new Monadnock logo should be in soon.


She was a Day Tripper…

Emmy award winning journalist Sarah Cody of Fox CT takes in the view on her way up Monadnock. 05.06.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel.

Emmy award winning journalist Sarah Cody of Fox CT takes in the view on her way up Monadnock. 05.06.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel.

I had the pleasure of guiding Fox CT up and down Grand Monadnock this past week. The Connecticut television affiliate will be featuring Mount Monadnock on their “Day Trippers” segment next week, airing locally in Connecticut first on Thursday, May 16th. The segment will be available online for everyone to see shortly afterwards and we will provide the link on our blog and NH State Park Social Media outlets when it becomes available.

Fox CT cameraman Scott Vargas taking his TV equipment where rarely a TV camera has been carried before! Photo by Patrick Hummel, 05.06.13.

Fox CT cameraman Scott Vargas taking his TV equipment where rarely a TV camera has been carried before! Photo by Patrick Hummel, 05.06.13.

I want to thank Sarah Cody from Fox CT, and also cameraman Scott Vargas, for coming out to explore and share our treasured mountain and patiently listening to me bombard them with Monadnock stories and folklore all day. I had a great time and look forward to the feature!

Patrick Hummel, Sarah Cody, and Scott Vargas on the summit of Monadnock. 05.06.13. Photo courtesy of Sarah Cody.

Patrick Hummel, Sarah Cody, and Scott Vargas on the summit of Monadnock. 05.06.13. Photo courtesy of Sarah Cody.

 This Week in Monadnock History

It was this week, 25 years ago, that a ceremony took place celebrating Mount Monadnock’s designation as a National Natural Landmark.

National Natural Landmarks (NNL) is a United States National Parks program, started in May of 1962, that recognizes natural places that contain “outstanding biological and geological resources” and features.

The original flyer for the Monadnock Dedication Day, 1988. Courtesy of Ben Haubrich.

The top of the original flyer for the Monadnock Dedication Day, 1988. Courtesy of Ben Haubrich.

On May 7th, 1988, a full day of activities, including an official dedication, were tied in to celebrate Monadnock’s designation. Guests included then-New Hampshire Governor John Sununu and former Monadnock State Park Manager Charlie Royce (1962-1972).

A full day of presentations and programs, partnered with the Harris Center and the Society For The Protection of New Hampshire Forests, kicked off at 9am at Monadnock State Park Headquarters. Talks on birding, forest management, wild flowers, Henry David Thoreau, and land protection were included throughout the day.

The North Ridge of Mount Monadnock, 05.06.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel.

The North Ridge of Mount Monadnock leading down to Dublin “Lake”, 05.06.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel.

Interestingly, the plaque to commemorate Monadnock as a NNL, shipped by the National Parks Service, arrived at Monadnock only a week and a half before the ceremony and contained a misspelling! Our mountain’s name adorned the original plaque as Mount “Manadnock”.

With no time to fully correct the bronze surface and lettering, then-Park Manager Ben Haubrich temporarily “fixed it” for the day with the use of black electrical tape and a gold marker. Yankee Ingenuity! Ben recalled that nobody at the ceremony noticed the “o” being different than the rest of the lettering. It would take nearly a year (and many phone calls) before the National Parks Service would take it back to be repaired.

The corrected plaque can now be found on the front of the Monadnock Headquarters Park Store.

The plaque commemorating Mount Monadnock as a National Natural Landmark. Photo by Patrick Hummel.

The plaque commemorating Mount Monadnock as a National Natural Landmark. Photo by Patrick Hummel.

The path to recognize Mount Monadnock’s natural importance as a NNL began in April of 1969 and was proposed by Leslie Clark; executive secretary for the NH Forest Society (SPNHF). It was again pursued in 1982 and evaluated for the final time by the National Parks Service in April of 1985.

Though the celebration was organized for May of 1988, Mount Monadnock was officially designated by the Parks Service as a National Natural Landmark in 1987, nearly 20 years after it was first proposed.

Our mountain’s inclusion in the National Natural Landmarks program is important, as it solidifies, on a larger scale, the ecological and geological wonders contained within. It is another reason to be proud of the true treasure we are fortunate to have; what may now be considered officially a “National Treasure”.

What the NNL designation proves is that this mountain can also serve as a classroom, and a platform to study, learn, and understand the world that we share on a deeper level. Monadnock plays many roles in our lives. Among the many ways Monadnock has given to me, I have always considered this mountain to be a great teacher. The National Parks Service would agree.

Two Monadnock hikers taking in the view from the summit. 05.06.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel.

Two Monadnock hikers taking in the view from the summit of our National Natural Landmark. 05.06.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel.

 

The 16 acre natural rhododendron grove at nearby Rhododendron State Park in Fitzwilliam, NH, is also designated a National Natural Landmark, joining the program in 1982. The rhododendrons will be in bloom in July and more information (and soon, bloom reports!) can be found here.

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About Patrick Hummel, Volunteer Program Coordinator

My name is Patrick Hummel and I am the NH State Parks Volunteer Program Coordinator. I work statewide supporting invidivual volunteers, Friends groups, Trails groups, and community orgainizations in our State Parks. Previously, I was the 8th Park Manager in Monadnock State Park’s history. I grew up in Jaffrey, in the shadow of Mt. Monadnock, establishing a fascination with the mountain at the age of 6. I enjoy hiking, photography, and traveling. I also enjoy non-fiction reading (mostly), Civil War history, and have come to the acceptance that I will never be the starting first baseman for the New York Mets. I am also an avid music fan with a former career in radio and tour management. I now live at the doorstep to the White Mountains. View all posts by Patrick Hummel, Volunteer Program Coordinator →
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