- Associated Press - Saturday, July 5, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Wanted: Volunteers to help restore degraded hiking trails on Mount Monadnock.

Volunteers will be constructing bog bridges on the Lost Farm Trail from July 11 to 15. They also will work on new stone staircases on the Pumpelly Trail; replace timber drainages on the White Dot Trail; and clean and repair drainages on the Dublin and Marlboro trails.

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and the New Hampshire State Parks Department are hosting the trail week.

Mount Monadnock is one of the most-climbed mountains in the western hemisphere and helped inspire the works of writers such as Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“This is a great opportunity to learn about trail construction and maintenance, and help to keep the trails on Mount Monadnock in good condition,” said Carrie Deegan, Forest Society land steward specialist. “It’s a great way to give back to a mountain that has provided so much enjoyment for New Hampshire residents and visitors over the years.”

No prior trail work experience is required to volunteer. Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Heavy-duty trail work completed during trails week is not recommended for those under 13.

The forest society conserved its first tract of 406 acres on Mount Monadnock in 1915, beginning a long-term effort to protect the natural integrity of the mountain and its surroundings.

Since then, the Forest Society has acquired more than 4,000 acres at Mount Monadnock and Gap Mountain in the towns of Dublin, Marlborough, Troy and Jaffrey. The Forest Society leases much of this land to the State to be operated as Mount Monadnock State Park.

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