Welch and Dickey mountains are the visual gateway to Waterville Valley and beckon us like no other peaks in the region. They appear so accessible – and they are! That is why they are so loved. Help us preserve the unique character of the Welch Ledges by joining the Rey Center for one or both of the programs listed below.
On Saturday, May 25, 2013, Kim Votta (Rey Center Research Coordinator) will be on the Welch Ledges conducting a Welch Ledge Stewardship training program 2-5 p.m.
What’s a Ledge Steward?
Ledge Stewards spend time on the first expansive, flat ledge area on Welch Mountain educating hikers about the alpine-like plant communities that live there and ongoing efforts to protect them. Stewards direct hikers safely among the outcrop plant communities on the ledges, ensure directional and educational signage is in place, and foster an ethic of stewardship in others. Stewardship sessions are scheduled to accommodate your schedule. If you are interested in learning more about how to become a Ledge Steward, join Kim and other volunteers on May 25, from 2-5 p.m. Meet at the Welch-Dickey Loop trail head in Thornton, NH, at 2pm and hike 1.3 miles to the ledge area on Welch. Bring water, snack, and sun protection. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Pre-registration is required for this event by calling the Rey Center at 603-236-3308 or emailing [email protected].
Welch Ledge Volunteer Day
On Saturday, June 22, 2013, Kim and volunteers will be on Welch Ledges again for a Welch Ledge Volunteer Day! In partnership with the US Forest Service, the Rey Center is working to preserve the outcrop plant communities on the ledges. On this day volunteers will be constructing barriers with rocks and tree debris, replacing signage, and cleaning up the ledge area. Join the Rey Center and the US Forest Service as they prepare the Welch Ledges for a hiker-filled summer. Meet at the Welch-Dickey Loop trail head in Thornton, NH at 9 a.m. and work until 1 p.m. or until the work is done! Need to start later? No problem. Head to the Welch Ledges by following the Welch-Dickey Trail (counter-clockwise) for approximately 1.3 miles. You won’t be able to miss it! Be sure to bring water, lunch or a snack, work or garden gloves, and sun protection.
You must pre-register for the Welch Ledge Stewardship Training. On volunteer day, June 22, you can just show up but pre-registration lets the Rey Center know you are coming and helps with their planning. 603-236-3308 or email [email protected].