Wood Crib Wall and Stair Construction | May 28th thru May 30th | 9am to 4:30pm

It is open and free to all those interested in learning and building wood crib wall!   Learn when and how to construct wood crib walls and stairs to support a tread way or retain a hillside. In this workshop, attention will be paid to key design requirements such as achieving solid points of contact, batter, and eliminating running joints.  This course is suited for all levels, from beginner to experienced crew members.  We will be working on 3 different sets of walls and stairs, from straight and straight forward to sections of wall with features such as convex and concave curves, multi tier tall wall.  Everyone will have a chance to learn and build a section of wall.

Please be sure to bring plenty of water and pack a lunch.  Come out for an hour or stay for the whole day!

To sign up please visit: http://nynjtc.org/view/workshops

Cross Cut Saw Workshop! | Saturday May 28th | 9 – 4

The Catskill Conservation Corps, a partnership between the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, invites volunteers to learn how to use and maintain a two man cross cut, scheduled for Saturday May 28th at the Interpretive Center  in Mount Tremper.  The workshop will be led by Martin Dodge. Martin is a veteran member of the NY State Lumberjack Association, and a master pioneer craftsman. The workshop is open to volunteers interested in joining a sawyer crew.

The Trail Conference’s Catskills Trail Crew is establishing a sawyer crew to assist in the removal of large trees from recreational trails, in the wilderness areas. This crew my also be called upon to assist with fallen trees after major wind or storm events.

Volunteers should be sure to wear hiking boots; dress appropriately for the outdoor conditions and our trail building activities; pack plenty of water to stay hydrated; bring work gloves; and bring a bag lunch.  The public is welcome to join us and you do not need to be a member of the Trail Conference to join the Trail Crew.  No experience is necessary, we will provide the tools and the training on site before we get started.

Identifying Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and Emerald Ash Borer | Saturday May 21st | 1-3pm

Join Dan Snider of the Catskill Center’s C.R.I.S.P. staff for a power point presentation and discussion on identifying Emerald Ash Borer and Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. The talk will include some brief life history, biocontrol info and management practices. The training includes going outdoors and offering field training in practical surveying techniques, what to look for to document extent of infestations, how to survey for biocontrols and other useful information.

For more information please visit: http://catskillinterpretivecenter.org/cic-events/2016/2/16/identifying-hemlock-woolly-adelgid-and-emerald-ash-borer

Thursday, May 26, 9 AM | Building the Porcupine Caves Trail on Bramley Mountain

The Porcupine Caves Trail, last of the three trails being constructed on Bramley Mountain, is well on it’s way to completion – the route is laid out, the blowdown and views are cut, the clearing is done, much of the sidehilling is done and a bit of step setting has be completed.

For more information or to sign up for this great work trip and trail building opportunity please contact the Catskill Mountain Club at: http://catskillmountainclub.org/events/thursday-may-26-9-am-building-the-porcupine-caves-trail-on-bramley-mountain/#more-4253

Would you like to be a Firetower Volunteer Observer? We have the opportunity!

The Mt. Tremper Firetower is seeking volunteers to help staff the tower between memorial Day and Columbus Day on weekends.  For further information or to sign up to be a volunteer observer contact Susan at tremperfiretower01@gmail.com

For more information on the Firetower Project please visit the Catskill Centers website at Catskillcenter.org.

“The Catskill Center helps manage five fire towers throughout the Catskill region. Historically more than a hundred towers, some built nearly a century ago, were used for early detection of forest fires throughout New York state.”