2016 All Volunteer Appreciation Picnic! | Sunday, August 28th | 10 -4pm

DSCN0661The Catskill Conservation Corps, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation invite all volunteers to join us at the 2016 All Volunteer Appreciation Picnic on Sunday August 28th from 10 to 4 at the Maurice D Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center in Mt. Tremper, NY

This free event is open to all individuals and families who have volunteered in the Catskill Mountains region on trails, lean-tos, fire towers, and all other stewardship activities. Members of all volunteeer organizations and individuals who have volunteered directly with the NYSDEC are welcome to attend!

The BBQ will include hamburgers, hotdogs, grilled chicken, assorted salads, desert and much more!  Vegetarian options will be available.

You’ll also have an opportunity to tour and view the Catskill Interpretive Center, including walking the newest trail just opened at the CIC!

This event is free and open to everyone but please register below so we have a head count for food, please note if you have any special dietary needs.

Colgate Lake needs your help!

download (3)The CCC is launching a a new monthly clean-up at the Colgate Lake in order to keep the area clean for everyone’s enjoyment!  The clean-ups will occur every fourth Sunday of the month from 1pm to 4pm from July through October.

This is one of many efforts we are taking to help keep the Catskills we all love pristine for generations to come.  Everyone is welcome is attend, no experience is necessary and the CCC will supply work gloves, garbage bags,  everything needed to keep the very popular Colgate Lake area clean.

We will meet at the Colgate Lake Parking Area; please also bring water and wear sturdy shoes.  For more information or direction to Colgate Lake please email us at catskills@nynjtc.org .  To sign up for any of the clean-ups please fill out the form below:

Want to help build history in the Catskills?

Ever wonder what it would be like to build such a structure?  The Trail Conference (TC), with the cooperation of the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), is building two lean-to’s on the grounds of the Maurice Hinchey Visitors Center on Rt. 28 in Mt. Tremper, about a half hour west of Exit 19 (Kingston).

DEC has cut the necessary logs from a Central NY state forest and the TC had them trucked to the Visitor Center site.  This spring we have been peeling the bark off the logs, a tedious but enjoyable project.  Anyone who would like to be involved in this building phase is welcome to join us almost any Saturday (weather permitting) this summer, email us catskills@nynjtc.org to sign up or for more information on the project.  Check www.nynjtc/catskills for progress and schedule.

Once the structure is pre-built at the Visitor Center’s site, it will be disassembled, packaged into bundles and transported to their final sites.  Site one will be in the vicinity of the old German Hollow Lean-to near Arkville.  This lean-to was crushed by three large ash trees during a micro burst several years ago.  The new leanto will be close to the Dry Brook Trail.

The second lean-to will replace the failing Batavia Kill Lean-to located just off the Escarpment Trail between Blackhead Mt. and Acra High Point.  The current lean-to was built in the 1960’s in a wet location.  The bottom logs have rotted, the structure is leaning and the floor has been destroyed by porcupines.

Once the bundled lean-tos are delivered to their respective sites, we will be looking for a large number of volunteers to clear the sites, gather stones for a foundation and put up the structure itself.  If putting up the John Robb Lean-to was any indication, this is a festive and rewarding time.  Watch the website mentioned above for dates.

 

Help keep the Bluehole area clean!

peekamoose2-400x300The CCC is launching a a new monthly clean-up at the Bluehole area in order to keep the area clean for everyone’s enjoyment!  The clean-ups will occur every third Sunday of the month from 1pm to 4pm from July through October.

This is one of many efforts we are taking to help keep the Catskills we all love pristine for generations to come.  Everyone is welcome is attend, no experience is necessary and the CCC will supply work gloves, garbage bags,  everything needed to keep the very popular and unique Bluehole clean.

Participants are encouraged to carpool when possible as parking can be tight; please also bring water and wear sturdy shoes.  For more information or direction to the Bluehole please email us at catskills@nynjtc.org .  To sign up for any of the clean-ups please fill out the form below:

Mile-A-Minute Survey & Removal

When Mon, July 11, 10am – 2pm

Where Cochecton, NY 12726, USA (map)

Description Join CRISP and National Park Service staff in pulling Mile-A-Minute weed at the only location of the plant in the CRISP region. Learn how to identify Mile-A-Minute and participate in helping to remove it. Bring gloves, lunch and water. Wear long pants, dress for the weather, and take precautions against ticks. Contact John Thompson, CRISP Coordinator, jthompson@catskillcenter.org, 845-586-2611 or 845-707-3556 to preregister and for meeting place and other details.

Join us for a day of Invasive Species (Swallowwart) Removal

Join us Monday July 18th from 9am to 4pm for a day of invasive species control in Pine Hill.  The Primary objective is to continue to control and eradicate Swallowwart and Oriental Bittersweet from the property off of Lower Birch Road in Pine Hill, NY.

Work  can consist of scouting for plants that we’re not aware of, digging the plants that are away from the main infestations, cutting plants that have already had their flowers removed.  There will also be information for the volunteers on the life cycle and issues with the plant.  The day will be led by Andrew, a Cornell Master Naturalist,  professional horticulturist.  Trainer in the DEC WAVE program and level 7 reporter in the DEC invasive program.

All tools and equipment will be provided, participants should bring plenty of water, lunch, and sturdy hiking shoes.  Bug spray and sunscreen are always a good idea as well.

To get to the property go to Pine Hill, NY 12465 via NY route 28.  In Pine Hill access Birch Creek Road right off 28.  Take Birch Creek Road until you can take a right turn on to Lower Birch Creek Road…there will be a large open field on the right. Lower Birch Creek Road is a well maintained dirt road.  Take it to the end where there’s a DEC parking area where everyone will meet.

The Mt. Tremper Firetower needs your help!

Help keep the Tremper Fire Tower open to visitors this summer!  By volunteering a few hours for even just one Saturday or Sunday, you can give hikers a chance to enjoy a spectacular view from the heart of the Catskills. Meet new people, make new friends, talk fire towers and hiking .  And, since the Mount Tremper trailhead is located  near the village of Phoenicia, you can cap off your day at one of the great eateries in the village.

Tremper is one of 5 towers that make up the Catskill Fire Tower Project.  The goal of the Catskill fire Tower Project is to have a volunteer at each of the 5 towers every weekend between Memorial Day and Columbus Day.  Please consider becoming a member of the Tremper Team!  If you enjoy a good hike, good company and good food at the end of the day, this is an opportunity made for you!  For more information, please e-mail Susan at tremperfiretower01@gmail.com