HAMPTON BEACH EQUESTRIAN USE
Once again we need your help to pass the clean up manure rules to your friends and members and equine social media pages. Bear Brook, Northwood Meadows, Hampton Beach are recent complaints from equine stewards.
Hampton Beach and Trail State Rules (abridged).
From Oct.1 thru April 30 equines are permitted at Hampton Beach, from Hampton Beach South (near bridge) to Boar’s Head .
Trailer parking is only permitted at the Hamption Beach South parking lot.
Clean up and remove offsite any manure on the main paths to the beach and above the high tide mark.
Ride below the high tide mark
Clean up and remove offsite any waste (manure, hay, bedding) from parking areas and trail heads.
(carry a container and manure fork/shovel in your trailer to take waste offsite)
Trail rules in addition to the above:
Do not leave equines unattended.
Disposal of stall waste, hay or manure shall not be permitted on DRED properties.
With reasonable effort remove off and scatter manure on at remote scenic overlooks, vistas and picnic areas.
Clean up and remove offsite site all waste where the public congregates. (Paved sidewalks and walkways, maintained play areas and athletic fields, lawns and fields maintained by regular mowing and associated with a developed recreation area, campsites, fresh water beaches, picnic areas, staging and gathering areas.)
Be sure to be kind to any of our ambasadors who kindly remind you of the rules. Lets be proud of our stewardship on the lands we use!
TRAILS COMMITTEE MISSION
NHHC to be a lead organization as a resource for trail information, trail education, trail etiquette, trail reference documents, etc.
NHHC will encourage equestrians to be involved with trail maintenance, trail funding and establishing landowner relationships to insure future trail opportunities.
NHHC will encourage equestrian groups and individuals to have a representative on the trails committee to strengthen communication and unity for trail issues.
NHHC will encourage communication and sharing information with NHHC from the different equine groups interested in trails. This is important so NHHC will be able to provide information to State Agencies and others about equine trails and equestrian involvement.
NHHC will assist equestrians with trail issues.
NHHC fills the appointed seat on the Statewide Trails Advisory Committee.
NHHC promotes and encourages sharing trails with other users!
RECREATIONAL TRAILS PROGRAM - RTP INFORMATION
Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a
competitive grant program that offers funding for quality public trail
projects throughout New Hampshire. (This is money you can use for trails
that have equine use). Limited grants are available for motorized,
non-motorized and diversified trails. Eligible projects include
maintenance and restoration of existing trails, purchase and lease of
trail construction and maintenance equipment, construction of new
trails, development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead
facilities and trail linkages. Applicants may be non-profit
organizations, private groups or government entities.
Funding for the Recreational Trail Program is generated from federal gas tax dollars paid on fuel purchases for off-highway recreational vehicles and snowmobiles. These funds are appropriated to the states by the Federal Highway Administration as authorized through the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The program in New Hampshire is administered by the Bureau of Trails. Applications for 2016 are now closed. Applicants will be notified in July with selections.
Start now for planning a project for next year. For more information about the next year’s Recreational Trails Program contact: Alexis Rudko Alexis.Rudko@dred.nh.gov
Help with having Equine
Trail Users recognized as supporters of the Trails we use.
VOLUNTEER-BE A MEMBER of NHHC and our NHHC affiliated organizations who are supporting equine trail use and acting as ambassadors and stewards. See Sponsor tab.
Lets grow a list of organizations and individuals working as stewards and ambassador for trails in State Parks and Forest, Rail Trails, Conservation lands, and Town lands.
Send to NHHCtrails@aol.com a copy of an e-mail or written statement of your permission to work on trail maintenance or involvement with trails, such as attending regular meetings regarding securing and supporting trail access for equine use. Lets share what we are doing!
2016 Trail Report
A copy of the 2016 NHHC Trails Report is now available detailing our accomplishment over the past year. It was an active year providing support to the equestrian community in the effort to resolve issues with equestrian trail use at NH State Parks. Much was also accomplished. We stayed connected with the Rails to Trails Project, with the Connecticut Lakes Headwaters Working Forest meetings, and with a host of other trails activities in the state. Download our report here to see what we have been up to>>>
Publications for Trail Education
NHHC recommends that
trail users view From Lemons to Lemonade Creating Sustainable Trails --
An ELCR Webinar - YouTube.mht
NHHC has a copy of ELCR webinar Horses and Trails How to be Successful with Both by Jan Hancock
NHHC recommends viewing http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/trail-management/trail-fundamentals/
NHHC Equestrian Guidelines for Trailer Parking
BEAR BROOK STATE PARK TRAIL DESCRIPTIONS
The purpose of the
descriptions and map is to help users choose which trails to use when
navigating the park. The map shows Green, Blue, Black trails that
goes from generally being the easiest to more challenging. Orange
cautions least suitable for equine use and recommends that you know the
trail before riding it.
Additional information can be found in the Trail Descriptions.
Warning: The map and descriptions are only a guide as the challenge of a trail depends on its geographic location, you and your horses skill level and the ever changing environment. Snow, Ice, rain and blow downs can make a trail more challenging. When in doubt turn around and head back. See attached
Your suggestions are welcome. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your trail description comments may include:
Tread width (ft wide, single or double lane, almost double lane);
Cleared width (includes tread and overgrowth removed on each side, passing opportunities);
Surface (mud, rough gravel, protrusion height, patches of closely knitted boulders)
Obstacles (describe type)
Bridge (width, length, optional bypass)
Grade (% grade, nearly flat, gently rolling, steep, X% of trail is _____)
Switchback turns (radius)
Bear Brook Trail Descriptions download >>>
Bear Brook Trail Map >>>
NH STATE PARKS VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
This program tracks the
hours that organizations and individuals put into our State Park System.
Your volunteer hours is valued in dollars ($22.50/hr)
The accumulation of volunteer hours (dollars!) can help with the support of future legislation and completing projects for our benefit as trail users.
New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation's New Volunteer Program
The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation Volunteer Program is supported by the Supervisor of Volunteer Activities. The Supervisor will work with park managers to help them identify projects and develop stewardship opportunities. They will then work to recruit and place volunteers, as well as, track program results of volunteer contribution to the New Hampshire's State Park System.
Volunteers play a vital role in enhancing the 92 state park properties, including state parks, beaches, campgrounds, trails, waysides, natural areas, and historic sites. Opportunities are available across the state for a variety of projects and roles.