All posts by Catskill Conservation Corps

The Catskill Conservation Corps is a partnership between the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and they New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to provide volunteer opportunities on projects that protect natural resources and enhance outdoor recreation opportunities in the Catskill Mountains Region.

Decommissioning the Batavia Kill Lean-to | 10/21-10/22

Out with the old, in with the new! Join us as we dismantle the shelter at Batavia Kill to reclaim and restore the land.


Join the Catskill Conservation Corps (CCC)  and Trail Conference volunteers for a demolition work trip at the site of the old Batavia Kill Lean-to. The trip will begin at parking area at the end of Big Hollow Rd. From there we will proceed to the old shelter, tools in hand!

Volunteers will dismantle the shelter, and properly dispose of the materials. Our work will allow soil and vegetation to recover, and will direct use towards the new site. The work on the shelter will involve demolition and heavy lifting, but the CCC will furnish gloves, safety glasses, and any tools required to perform this task!

Meet at the parking area at the end of Big Hollow Rd, at 08:30 sharp! Carpooling is strongly encouraged as parking is limited in the area. This is a two day event, if you are planning to attend only one day we ask that you contact the trip leader to make arrangements.

Please sign-up in advance so that we know how many people are coming and can let you know of any changes in plans.

Take Back The Trail: Jockey Hill Clean-Up 11/04

Come help us remove trash at Jockey Hill!


 

Join the Catskill Conservation Corps (CCC)  and Trail Conference volunteers as we remove trash and restore the beauty of Jockey Hill in the Bluestone Wild Forest.

The trip will begin at the trailhead  for the Jockey Hill Trails, where we will proceed to the site of an abandoned dump to rehabilitate the forest in this thriving recreational area. The work on the trail will involve heavy lifting, but the CCC will furnish gloves, safety glasses, and any tools required to perform this task!

Meet at the parking area for Jockey Hill Trail, at 08:00 AM sharp! Carpooling is strongly encouraged as parking is limited in the area. This is a two day event, if you are planning to attend only one day we ask that you contact the trip leader to make arrangements.

Please sign-up in advance so that we know how many people are coming and can let you know of any changes of plans.

Take Back The Trail: Blue Hole Clean-Up 9/30

peekamoose2-400x300Come help us remove trash at the Catskill’s Blue Hole!


Join the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Catskill Conservation Corps and Trail Conference volunteers as we remove trash and restore the beauty of this cherished Catskill destination! Help us say goodbye to summer at the Blue Hole with the last big clean-up effort of the season on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 30.

Anyone can participate. No experience is necessary. Bring work gloves, plenty of water and a lunch you can eat on the trails. We provide the trash bags and refreshments.

An additional part of this event with be a Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to actively learn about and demonstrate the 7 Leave No Trace Principles:

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Meet us at 9:00 a.m. at 45 Watson Hollow Road, West Shokan, NY. As parking space is limited, we will be meeting at this address and carpooling to the Peekamoose Mountain trailhead.

Please sign-up in advance so that we know how many people are coming and can let you know of any changes of plans.

Take Back the Trail: Blue Hole Clean-up 9/15

Come help us remove trash at Blue Hole!


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Join the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Catskill Conservation Corps and Trail Conference volunteers as we remove trash and restore the beauty of the Catskill’s Blue Hole. Anyone can participate. No experience is necessary. Bring work gloves, plenty of water and a lunch you can eat on the trails. We provide the trash bags and refreshments.

Meet us at 9:00 a.m. at 45 Watson Hollow Road, West Shokan, NY . As parking space is limited, we will be meeting at this address and carpooling to the trailhead.

Please sign-up in advance so that we know how many people are coming and can let you know of any changes of plans.

When
September 15th, 2017 9:00 AM   through   12:00 PM
Location
Lester S. David Park
45 Watson Hollow Road
West ShokanNY 12494
United States
Additional worktrip information
Crew/Group  Catskill Conservation Corps
Leader Joshua Howard
For more information, contact… josh@nynjtc.org

August 18 Blue Hole Clean-up: Thank You!

Due to overuse and misuse, Peekamoose Blue Hole in the Catskills was identified by Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics as a 2017 Hot Spot that needs extra care. On Friday, August 18, the Catskill Conservation Corps, along with our friends at the Adirondack Mountain Club, Catskill Center, and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation came together to clean up Peekamoose Blue Hole.

We truly appreciate everyone who came out to help keep the Catskills beautiful. We were 40 volunteers strong and were successful in removing more than 18 bags of trash from the Blue Hole and surrounding area! When we come together with a united effort, we can begin to make a change. This was one of the first steps of many in protecting this cherished Catskill destination.

We hope you’ll join us for our next Blue Hole clean-up on Friday, September 15. Then help us say goodbye to summer at the Blue Hole with the last big clean-up effort of the season on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 30.

We look forward to seeing you again protecting our favorite “forever wild” lands. Thanks so much for all you do for trails!

Peekamoose Blue Hole Clean-Up

Come help us leave no trace at Peekamoose Blue Hole!

Join the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor EthicsNew York State Department of Environmental ConservationAdirondack Mountain Club, and Catskill Conservation Corps volunteers as we remove trash and restore the beauty of Peekamoose Blue Hole.

Catskill Park’s Peekamoose Blue Hole was designated as a 2017 Leave No Trace Hot Spot. Hot Spots are all public lands — city parks, forests, open space land, national parks — across the country that have sustained damage from overuse. The Hot Spot program provides week-long, onsite education and events, engaging locals communities in training, service and outreach.

The scenic and popular Peekamoose Blue Hole has experienced an increase in trash, damage to vegetation and trees, and trail erosion over recent years.
Click here to explore the Leave No Trace Hot Spot: Peekamoose Blue Hole program.

Anyone can participate. No experience is necessary.
Bring work gloves, plenty of water and a lunch you can eat on the trails. We provide the trash bags and refreshments.

Meet us at Friday, August 18 9:00 a.m. at the following address:

45 Watson Hollow Road
West ShokanNY 12494

We will be carpooling to the Peekamoose-Table Trailhead as parking space is limited.

Please sign-up in advance so that we know how many people are coming and can let you know of any changes of plans.

Help Finish the Catskill Interpretive Center Trail!

IMG_0761Come help with the final touches and stairs on the Catskill Interpretive Center.  We will be constructing a rock stair case at the top of the CIC Nature Trail and all tools and education will be provided  Come out for the day or just an hour!

Please pack plenty of water, lunch and wear appropriate footwear.  The CCC will supply hand tools and other PPE but if you have your favorite clippers or gloves please bring them along.

Contact Cal Johnson, Crew Leader at hikeski@hvc.rr.com for more information or to sign up.  Work will take place on weekdays to the popularity of the trail.