Bow Trails GPS Coordinates Wanted!

Bow Firefighter Chris Andrews is part of a team at the Bow Fire Department working to strengthen the ability to respond to emergencies that take place in backwood locations. Part of the effort is confirming exact location of the many trails in the areas. Here’s a portion of Chris’ note to us:

“I’m attempting to build a database of Bow’s trails for use in a handheld GPS or other electronic devices.  Currently the Bow Fire Department utilizes the publically available paper maps from Bow Open Spaces and Bow Pioneers Snowmobile Club.  The two trail systems are currently only shared on their respective community maps, neither showing the other.

“Consolidating all of Bow’s outdoor recreational trails into one database will allow us to respond more effectively if the need arises to an off road area for a medical emergency or wildland fire.

“I’m seeking the public’s assistance with gathering GPS files, ideally in a KMZ, GPX or KML format.  These are the file formats readily used in handheld GPS.  The town has provided most of the trails however there are segments missing, primarily trails only accessed in the winter or the smaller non-official mountain bike trails. 

“Files can be set to and I can be reached at 848-7707. Thank you.” 

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Hike by the Light of the Full Moon!

Join Bow Open Spaces board member Bob Dawkins for two exciting and challenging night time hikes.

They’ve been timed to take advantage of the full moon!

Saturday – December 30. Explore Nottingcook Forest in Bow.

The group will leave the South Bow Road trailhead at 4:10 p.m. sharp.

The hike is approximately three miles and will take about three hours.

Saturday – January 27. Mt. Kearsarge!

Leave the Winslow State Park entrance road at 3:20 p.m. sharp. 

The hike is approximately five miles and will take about four hours.

IMPORTANT! Please RSVP with Bow Recreation to indicate your interest in either hike.

Some winter snowshoe and hiking experience required. You must have adequate gear, food and water.

Bow Rec will have you speak with Bob Dawkins in advance to confirm that you are appropriately prepared for this unique hiking experience.

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Tick Patrol! Tips to enjoy the woods and avoid ticks

After being treated for Lyme Disease in 2013, I’m pretty careful about protecting myself from ticks when I’m in the garden or the woods.  Here are some of the strategies I employ:
  • Proper clothing keeps ticks away

    Pants tucked into socks and covered with:
  • Permethrin treated gaiters by or, purchased from Eastern Mountain Sports
  • Permethrin treated t-shirt from
  • Permethrin treated “Buff” from a stretchy cowel-like accessory that I wear around my neck
  • Sawyer insect repellant (permethrin)- recommended by Concord Monitor hunting columnist Bob Washburn for treating clothes you own.  It lasts for 6 washings.
  • DEET based insect repellant applied around my hairline
  • Check body for ticks every day 
The Environmental Working Group gives DEET based insect repellants a more favorable rating than permethrin treated clothes.  But I think I’m more likely to use the treated clothing. 
by Hilary Warner

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Preserving Bow Land – and a bit of history, by Bob Chadwick

Bob and Pat Chadwick

(Mr. Chadwick in 2016 conveyed to Bow Open Spaces, Inc. a permanent conservation easement to protect from development a plot of land off of Branch Londonderry Turnpike. Bob wrote this article, below, to provide a bit of background on the land.)

The Chadwick family has been established in Bow since the late 1930’s. My grandparents had a farm on South Street, across from what is now the Methodist church. Dad, Mom and we three kids lived on Bow Bog Road, almost across the street from the property. We went to school in what’s now the Municipal building. I graduated Concord High in 1958, joined the Air Force, and spent the next 25 years or so traveling to places like Australia, Hawaii, the Philippines, and, at the end, Florida. After retirement I entered a second career as an Electronics Engineer in Florida.

Dad purchased the land from Ernest Morgan sometime in the late 60’s or early 70’s. His intent was to use it as a woodlot; pretty much all it was good for as it was not serviced by any good roads, was mostly wetland (a good example of beaver engineering), and except for the front few acres, was uninhabitable. As he grew older, he was less able to harvest firewood, and also Pat and I were starting to think about having a summer place in New Hampshire. With this in mind, we bought the land from him in 1994.

It’s interesting to look at the chain of deeds that came with the property. I noted several names that were familiar to me when I was growing up: Ernest Morgan, of course, and Susan Colby, an elder of the Colby family that is so prominent in Bow’s history. I remember doing chores and errands for Aunt Sue Colby when I was a kid, and Ernest was a neighbor; he built the house that is presently owned by his son, Bob Morgan, on the Bog Road.

We’d visit it every time we came to New Hampshire, but as time wore on the summer place became more of a dream and less practical, particularly after a few discussions with town planning folks. We’d pretty well given up the idea, but wanted under no circumstances to see it either defaced or developed, and wanted to keep it as a family asset. My kids have all explored the lot and we all like the idea of owning a little piece of Bow.

Our son David has a Master’s degree in environmental management and is an executive with the Montana Wildlife Federation. He introduced the idea of something like a conservation easement to us and explained a few details; the idea sounded worth looking into.

A recent (Oct 2015) visit and discussion with the planning folks revealed the existence of Bow Open Spaces and their charter to maintain Bow’s undeveloped spaces. A short talk with (BOS Board Member) Ken Demain and some research confirmed that it’d be a good plan to set up a conservation easement to permanently secure the property from development. We chose Bow Open Spaces as it is an outfit that is based in Bow and would be more attuned to local desires and needs. Having the management actually living in the town will, I believe, help assure direct control and interest.

So, we did just that. It’s a 31 acre lot; the easement covers all but the two acres in the northwest corner, nearest the Robinson Road. We set that two acres aside just in case one of the kids decides he wants to fight the battle to put a summer place there. Perhaps unlikely, but I wanted to leave the option open. As the easement is a “forever” thing, I did not want to cut the kids out if any of them got interested in living in Bow.

My vision for the future is for the land to be used for hunting, fishing, recreation, hiking and such like. Perhaps long term, maybe it could become a park or just a wildlife area. In 2012, we, along with our neighbors the Stumbs and the Kornneefs, had a timber harvest done. This thinned out some of the forest and will promote more even growth. For now, we’ll just wait and see. The lot’s done well on its own; I am sure that with the threat of development gone, it’ll become a nice place for Bow residents (and maybe our descendants) to wander around in and enjoy.

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