Ravens in the Community: Football Helps at Jaffrey Conservation Commission
May 7, 2019
The Franklin Pierce University football program was out in the community over the weekend, as the Ravens put in some time assisting at the Jaffrey Conservation Commission.
In all, roughly 45 student-athletes and the team’s coaching staff made the trip up Route 202 to Jaffrey for the event, which specifically included work at Children’s Woods and Carey Park. The team assisted with cleaning trails and campsites in preparation for the upcoming summer. They also built water bars to assist with erosion control.
“We want our community to care about our football program, and the first step to accomplishing that is for our football players to show that we not only care about the community we live in, but that we intend to be active members of it,” said head coach Russell Gaskamp. “Our players can take great pride knowing that the work they did in Children’s Woods will help community members enjoy those trails for years to come. I am extremely proud of them and the work they accomplished alongside the Jaffrey Conservation Commission.
Local hardware store and building products specialist Belletetes -- a corporate partner of Franklin Pierce Athletics -- donated work gloves and goggles for use on the project.
The Jaffrey Conservation Commission’s mission statement, per the Town of Jaffrey website: “The Jaffrey Conservation Commission was established in accordance with Revised Statutes Annotated (RSA) 36-A for the proper use and protection of Jaffrey's natural resources and watershed resources. The Commission provides a focal point within the town and Town government for environmental concerns. The Commission may advise the Planning Board and other local bodies on conservation matters. The Commission may act more directly to protect natural resources, by acquiring land, either outright or through easements, with the approval of the Selectmen. The Commission may then manage these conservation areas. The Commission also manages designated Town forests.”