Interpretive Panels: to Inform and Educate
As part of our mission, the WMIA looks for ways to bring information to the visitors to the WMNF. This spring we have funded the production of four large interpretive panels for 3 popular sites. Two panels were designed for the very busy Lower Falls area. The watershed area and water safety is the topic of one panel conveying to visitors the powerful force of water. The second panel will focus on the history of the site and the CCC construction of the picnic shelter.
A third panel was designed for Diana’s Bath, providing information on the site’s long history of tourism to North Conway, while visible mill foundations provide clues about the economic past. A fourth panel will be dis- played at the Androscoggin Ranger Station and will tell the story of Mt. Washington through the ages, beginning with its first visitors, its alpine environment and its role
The Barn at the Russell-Colbath House is the location of a new panel funded by a gift from the Passaconaway Valley Civic Association (PVCA). The PVCA, a partner of the WMNF, worked with the Forest Service to help fund the construction of the Barn by the Timber Framers Guild in September of 2003. Today the Barn provides a space for interpretive programs, use by the Forest Service, and is available for special use rental. Many thanks to the members of the PVCA who shared photos and details used in the panel. Funding for the Russell Colbath Barn Interpretive Panel was made by the PVCA in memory of Don West. Mr. West was an employee of the Saco District ranger station for many years. He developed a deep friendship with many of the resident of Passaconaway Valley.