(Lancaster, N.H.) A crew of six to seven minimum security inmates from the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility in Berlin has been enlisted to do clean up and brush removal at Weeks State Park in Lancaster, New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Department of Corrections announces that the crew started work on August 7, 2010 and plans to return to the site throughout August depending on the availability of certified correctional staff supervision.
The crew is clearing brush from around a fire tower to provide park visitors with better scenic views. They are also cleaning out a carriage house so that the park can better utilize the building.
Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn said, “This is a positive way for offenders to give back to the community so that outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy memorable experiences and recreational opportunities.”
Director of the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation Ted Austin said, “I, along with the entire Division of Parks and Recreation, am grateful for the contributions of ‘manpower’ that the Dept. of Corrections has made and continues to make via their crews to our ongoing maintenance projects. It is a high priority for the Division to take advantage of any and all available resources of staff, time, expertise or materials – whether that be via peer agencies, local friends groups or businesses - that can compliment our on efforts to preserve and protect NH State Park lands. The help is appreciated and we strive to acknowledge those efforts wherever we can.”
In the past work crews from the Berlin prison have assisted in the construction of the Jericho Mountain Recreation Trail in Berlin and helped renovate the Gorham Town Hall.