- Associated Press - Saturday, June 7, 2014

CHESTERFIELD, N.H. (AP) - Volunteers will be spiffing up New Hampshire state parks as part of the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day.

More than 2,000 events are planned around the country Saturday, including several in New Hampshire.

At Pisgah State Park in Chesterfield, volunteers will be repairing a bridge and re-establishing an overgrown viewpoint, while staff from the state division of Forest and Lands and Fish and Game lead visitors on a birding walk. At Temple Mountain State Reservation, volunteers will be cutting a new base to summit trail, and at Bear Brook State Park, groups will be cutting back brush and improving drainage on several trails.

Other work will be done at Winslow, Pillsbury, Franconia Notch and Crawford Notch state parks.

The American Hiking Society created National Trails Day in 1993 to encourage people to participate in activities that promote healthy living, protect green space, educate youth and adults on the importance of trails and instill excitement for the outdoors.

New Hampshire State Parks officials say the day also is a way to showcase the state’s partnership with community organizations and to promote stewardship of the parks.

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