Intro to Trail Maintenance Workshop|June 10th & 11th|9:30-5:00

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The Catskill Conservation Corps is leading an Intro to Trail Maintenance Workshop on the Phoenicia East Branch Trail. We will meet at Woodland Valley Campground in Phoenicia  at 09:30 on June 10th. The Workshop will review maintenance standards, and procedures for volunteer Trail Maintainers. The workshop is great for new volunteers, or for those who are looking to brush up on their skills, & knowledge of the process.

Tools and protective equipment will be provided. All volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather, and sturdy footwear should be worn. Be sure to pack lunch, snacks, and enough water for the day.

This is a two day event with the opportunity for volunteers to camp. Participants are responsible for their own equipment, food, and water. please note in the registration form if you plan to attend for one, or both days.

For more information about this event contact: Will Soter   Assistant Director Catskill Conservation Corps      ph: 518-628-4243    e: Will@NYNJTC.org

To register for this event complete the form below:

Trail Crew Trip|Burroughs Range| June 3rd & 4th| 9:30-5:00

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Join the Catskills Trail Crew on June 3rd & 4th,  as we lead a trail maintenance trip on the famed Burroughs Range. The trip will start from the Slide Mountain trail head on County Rte. 47 Arrangements will be made to stage vehicles at Woodland Valley Campground, for the end of the trip.

This is a two day trip to maintain the well used, well loved Burroughs Range trail over Slide, Cornell, & Wittenberg Mtns. Volunteers are responsible for supplying there own equipment, food, and water.  Appropriate clothing and footwear is required. We will provide tools, and protective equipment.

If you are interested in participating for just one day we asked that you specify this when you register. For more information about this event contact: Will Soter Assistant Director Catskill Conservation Corps ph: 518-628-4243     e:Will@NYNJTC.org

To register for this event complete the form below:

Intro to Trail Maintenance Workshop|May 14th|9:30-5:00

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The Catskill Conservation Corps is leading an Intro to Trail Maintenance Workshop on the Escarpment Trail. We will meet at the Schutt Rd parking are in Palenville (outside of North South Lake Campground), at 09:30 on May 14th. The Workshop will review maintenance standards, and procedures for volunteer Trail Maintainers. The workshop is great for new volunteers, or for those who are looking to brush up on their skills, & knowledge of the process.

Tools and protective equipment will be provided. All volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather, and sturdy footwear should be worn. Be sure to pack lunch, snacks, and enough water for the day.

For more information about this event contact: Will Soter   Assistant Director Catskill Conservation Corps      ph: 518-628-4243           e: Will@NYNJTC.org

To register for this event complete the form below:

 

DEC Volunteer Training Workshop | May 13th | 9am

Greetings and many thanks to all of you who volunteer to help the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation with the management of our public lands!

This training will cover all aspects of the Volunteer Stewardship Agreement (VSA) program including:  an overview of Department rules, regulations and policies; goals and objectives for managing our natural resources; workman’s compensation coverage and how it relates to volunteers;  user/volunteer ethics; communication with the general public and similar topics.

In addition, we will cover trail/lean-to maintenance which will include brushing/proper pruning techniques, use of saws/chainsaws for blow down removal, marking, water bar maintenance, re-routes, invasive species, use of stains/preservatives and many other topics related to maintenance of our facilities on publicly owned lands.  We also plan to discuss safety, education, communication and reporting issues that are very important to all involved.

Although this training is not mandatory, we strongly urge all to send at least one representative to receive the updates.  This is a great opportunity to meet with some of the Forestry and Forest Ranger staff who are charged with the management and protection of these lands.

Please feel free to pass this on to anyone we may have missed.

Long ago, the Department held periodic training sessions with our volunteer groups to insure good communications were maintained and all were aware of the current policies/practices associated with the management of our public lands.  It’s been a long time since the last training and with all the change that’s occurred in the interim, we are long overdue to meet.  I am pleased to announce that the Department is now offering a training/update session for all volunteers who work on NYS DEC lands managed by the Division of Lands and Forests in Regions 3 & 4.   Lands covered in this training session will include Forest Preserve, State Forest, Multiple Use and Unique Areas.  The training will be held in the NYS DEC Region 3 headquarters in New Paltz on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 9 a.m. to noon.  The office address is 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561 and is located approximately ½ mile from Exit 18 on the NYS Thruway.

For those planning to attend, please reply so we can plan accordingly.

We look forward to seeing you there!