Looking back on summer and all my experiences and memories, it’s important to remember that the parks cannot function without the help and support of the community. This past week, I helped organize and implement a trail day with volunteers from Public Service of New Hampshire to revitalize the Hogback Trail in Greenfield State Park (self-guided interpretive loop). During that day, we were able to construct and place a bridge over a badly impacted section of the trail.
We also built and placed five benches around the loop for people who want to take a break or have lunch along the way. The last portion of the project was placing sign posts that, together with a booklet (soon to be available at the park office), will allow visitors to learn a little bit more about the history and ecology of the trail at whatever pace suits them.
This is simply one example picked from the vast amount of work that is done every year by volunteers. Many organizations and individuals put time and effort into our parks. Don’t let the parks be something that you only visit in the summer. Come and see the different seasons in all of their glory and hopefully give some time and energy back so that memories can continue to be made in the wonderful state parks!