October 2011 – New Trail Blaze, Mt Tecumseh Trail
Trail Work, Bad 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
Photo Monitoring, Kanc 7 Landing Area – The photos included in this blog article show how a parcel of land 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 parcel of land looked before it was transformed into a landing area for the Kanc 7 timber Harvest Project. And the last image is the most recent.
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.
January 2009 – Mt Tecumseh Summit Viewpoint
Mt Tecumseh Summit Vandalism – Someone or some group is illegally cutting down trees to improve the summit viewpoint on Mt Tecumseh in Waterville Valley of New Hampshire. I am using photo monitoring, also known as repeat photography, to create a visual journal that shows progression of illegal cutting on the summit. I update the visual journal, at the below link, with a new image after each monthly visit I make to Mt Tecumseh. For full impact of this issue, I encourage you to watch the full screen visual presentation (slideshow) here.
Two trails lead to the Mt Tecumseh summit. One from Tripoli Road that is lightly maintained and a joy to hike. The other from the ski area is excessively maintained and has more stonework than most parks in Boston.