Spring Cleanup Day at Mt. Major is Great Success!
Dave Anderson, Director of Education
and Volunteer Services for the Society for the Protection of New
Hampshire Forests, has provided the following description of Mt. Major
Spring Cleanup Day that took place on Sunday, May 4, 2014:
Thank-you Prospect Mountain High School students and staff!
Despite some sketchy weather with intermittent showers and cold wind
interspersed with sunshine, we made great progress removing graffiti
from Mt. Major on May 4.
I would estimate we got 80% of the most offensive and newest "tags"
including most of the "4MS/ASK" and "LOAF" mural that appeared last
The PMHS students and teachers were excellent - great "can do" attitude
and elbow grease and enthusiasm made the day a success.
Ten student volunteers from Prospect Mountain High School in Alton
joined Forest Society staff and volunteers from the Belknap Range
Conservation Coalition to clean graffiti off the exposed rock of Mt.
Major on May 4. The rugged group took on the challenge despite
intermittent rain showers and a chilly wind, spending their weekend
day taking care of the mountain.
the group that provided all the help
Thanks to BRCC for the snacks and trailside tent / shelter.
Thanks to DRED - NHDFL and NH State Parks for the logistical support and
materials. It would be nice to make this Spring Clean-Up at Mt. Major an annual
Earth Day tradition!
Teens Help Scrub Graffiti from Mt. Major
Teacher Joe Derrick (center), students Gabe Varney (left) and Katie
Sepulveda from Prospect Mountain High School in Alton scrub graffiti
from Mt. Major on a volunteer clean-up day May 4. Gabe Varney
said "The view of the lake shouldn't be downplayed by graffiti".
Derrick, who leads the school's Outing Club, said the event was a
welcome chance for the students to serve the community and to send a
message. "This will show that people care about this mountain, and
then maybe other people won't want to put graffiti on it," he said.
The previous day, Saturday May 3, the
Belknap Range Trail Tenders (BRaTTs) worked on the uppermost sections of
hiking trail on Mt. Major along the blue-yellow combined trail.
The BRaTTs crew, led by Hal Graham and others, hosted a
spring trail work day at Mt. Major and focused their effort on building
new stone cairns and also beginning scree walls to keep hikers on a
single treadway. Along with the PMHS students' graffiti removal, the
combined stewardship efforts represent a great start to the season at
busy Mt. Major.
"Everybody Hikes Mt. Major"
Campaign Closing in on Goal!
"Everybody Hikes Mt. Major" Campaign to purchase and protect four key
properties in the Belknap Range is in the final stretch, thanks to
supporters who have contributed 89 percent of the $1.8 million
needed to bring the campaign to a successful finale. We must now
raise the final $200,000 to protect a New Hampshire treasure and to
ensure continued public access to the extensive trails system in the
than 1,250 individual donors have stepped up to help since the Lakes
Region Conservation Trust, the Society for the Protection of NH
Forests and Belknap Range Conservation Coalition launched the
campaign last summer. Two towns, Alton and Gilford, have committed
funds. Five grant committees and family foundations have also
pledged their support.
Grants for the campaign have come from the Land and Community
Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), the S.L. Gimbel Foundation, the
N.H. State Conservation (“moose plate”) Committee, the Open Space
Institute, the Penates Foundation, and an anonymous family
foundation. The tremendous support from individual donors is in
large part thanks to the dedicated volunteers from the Belknap Range
Conservation Coalition who shared the project with hikers and
collected donations at the Mt. Major trailhead during the hiking
It's also thanks to the popularity of the
weatherproof map of the Belknap Range trails that donors of $50 or
more receive as a "thank you" gift. Thank you to mapmaker Weldon
Bosworth and volunteers from the BRCC and the Belknap Range Trail
Tenders for providing this great gift!
about the project, including how to donate, can be found at