September 2011, Mt Tecumseh Trail – Trail Construction
Trail Construction and Maintenance, White Mountains – In 2011, Tropical Storm Irene caused massive destruction along the East coast of the United States. The White Mountain National Forest was officially closed during the storm. Many trails in the White Mountains were damaged, and required extensive trail work. And this series of photos shows the trail work done to one trail that suffered storm damage from Tropical Storm Irene.
A section of the Mt Tecumseh Trail washed out and had to be rerouted. The above photo shows the junction of the trail reroute (left), and the section of trail that washed out (right) shortly after a Maine Forest Service crew cut the reroute in 2011. Forest Service chose the reroute location and marked it, and a Maine Forest Service crew, helping reopen trails damaged from Irene, did the cutting. The closed section of trail was also brushed in. This information is direct from Forest Service. Note the tree in the reroute (left) with the orange flagging on it.
October 2011 – New Trail Blaze, Mt Tecumseh Trail
Trail Work, Poor Trail Blaze Removal Practices – Since 2011, I have been making regular trips to Waterville Valley, New Hampshire to photograph a yellow birch tree that has fallen victim to vandalism. The damaged tree, when ascending the trail, is on the right just after exiting the Irene reroute. I am using repeat photography to show the impact of improper trail blaze removal. This type of photography is useful for educating land stewards and others about responsible environmental stewardship.
In October 2011, I documented newly applied trail blazing (above) along the Mt Tecumseh Trail in Waterville Valley. Sometime in the spring of 2012, the blaze on the left side of the yellow birch tree in the above image was improperly removed from the tree. And a large wound (below) where rot, fungus, and insects could enter the tree was visible. The bark, where the blaze was, appeared to have been cut and peeled away from the tree.
October 2011 – New Stonework, Mt Tecumseh Trail
Trail Work Erosion, White Mountains – The included images show how a section of the Mt Tecumseh Trail in the New Hampshire White Mountains has elapsed over time. The first two images are from October 2011 and the last image is from October 2017. The intent of this visual journal is to record the progression of hillside erosion on the left-hand side of the trail and to document how this section of trail holds up to foot traffic.
I am using a technique known as photo monitoring to document this section of trail. Photo monitoring consists of repeat photography of an area over a period of time. Photo monitoring is used in land management to help recognize issues that are not immediately obvious from one or two visits to a location. The ending result is a permanent visual record and journal that showcases the environmental changes of a particular location.
August 2011 – No Landing Area Yet
Kanc 7 Timber Harvest Landing Area, Photo Monitoring – The photos included in this blog article show how a parcel of land in the area of Forest Road 510 along the Kancamagus Highway in the New Hampshire White Mountains has changed over time. The first image (above), taken in August 2011, three months after Forest Service did a controlled burn here, shows how this land parcel looked before it was transformed into a landing area for the Kanc 7 Timber Harvest Project. And the last image is from Auugst 2014.
I am using a technique known as photo monitoring to document this parcel of land. Photo monitoring consists of repeat photography of an area over a period of time. And the ending result is an interesting visual journal that showcases the environmental changes of a particular area.
Tropical Storm Irene Damage – East Branch of the Pemigewasset River, Lincoln
Tropical Storm Irene, White Mountains – From 6PM Saturday, August 27, 2011 through midnight Monday, August 29, 2011 the White Mountain National Forest was closed because of Tropical Storm Irene. This tropical storm caused massive damage along the East Coast of the United States and the White Mountain National Forest was officially closed during the storm. The above photo of the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River, near the Lincoln Woods Trail, shows how the river looked just days after the storm.
With the large amount of damage Tropical Storm Irene has caused throughout the state of New Hampshire, I thought it would be interesting to show some before and after scenes of a few locations in the White Mountains that have been impacted. Many of the brooks and rivers have been drastically altered.
May 2011 Controlled Forest Burn – White Mountains, NH
Controlled Forest Burn, White Mountains – The above photo is of a controlled burn that was done by Forest Service in May of 2011 along the Kancamagus Scenic Byway in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I was able to document the burn site at three different stages of regrowth and was surprised at how quick the forest recouped.
Even though the forest looks ugly after a fire, controlled burns (also known as prescribed burning) are routinely used in forestry management to help in the renewing of forests. I am not an expert on controlled burns so if you are interested, you can learn more about them here.