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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.

Escarpment Trail Winter Damage Trail Sweep 05/11 9am-3pm

We will be clearing possible winter storm damage on the Escarpment trail between Scutt Rd Trailhead and Northpoint. We will be returning to Scutt Rd Trailhead Via Rock Shelter Trail. The plan may be altered depending on the amount of work and the time available.  Loppers and hand saws will be provided but volunteers are welcome to bring their own hand tools appropriate for the task.  Appropriate closed-toed shoes and long pants required.

Total Expected Distance covered 7.25 Miles.

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Meet At: Scutt Road Trailhead, 42.200662, -74.058473

Take Back the Trail: Blue Hole Clean-up Event Postponed

Come help us remove trash at Blue Hole!


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Join the NYS DEC the Catskill Conservation Corps, Morgan Duke Conservation Society, and Trail Conference 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.

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When: Event Postponed  9:00 AM   through   1:00 PM
Location

Meet at Olive Town Pool ( Parking space is limited at the Blue Hole, we will be meeting and carpooling to the trailhead.)

Lester S. David Park
45 Watson Hollow Road
West ShokanNY 12494
41.968215, -74.278315

Indian Head Loop Winter Damage Trail Sweep Sweep 05/13 9am-3pm

We will be clearing possible winter storm damage. Leaving from Prediger Road Trailhead and completing the Indian Head Loop. The plan may be altered depending on the amount of work and the time available. Loppers and hand saws will be provided but volunteers are welcome to bring their own hand tools appropriate for the task.  Appropriate closed-toed shoes and long pants required.

Total Expected Distance covered 6.5 Miles.

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Meet at:  Prediger Road Trailhead, 42.134022, -74.104425

Biscuit Brook Winter Damage Trail Sweep 05/04 9am-3pm

We will be clearing possible winter storm damage between Biscuit Brook Trailhead on Route 47 and Biscuit Brook Lean-to.  The plan will be to hike to Biscuit Brook Lean-to and then work our way back to the Trailhead. The plan may be altered depending on the amount of work and the time available. Loppers and hand saws will be provided but volunteers are welcome to bring their own hand tools appropriate for the task.  Appropriate closed-toed shoes and long pants required.

Total Expected Distance covered is 5 Miles.

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Meet At: Biscuit Brook Trailhead, 41.990950, -74.484830

I Love My Park Day, Saturday, May 5th

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New Yorkers love their parks, as demonstrated by the thousands of volunteers who are willing to help maintain the beauty of New York’s treasured state parks and historic sites. Friends groups and volunteers are more important than ever to keep parks beautiful, clean, and welcoming for all to visit and enjoy.

Volunteers from across the state participate in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events at New York State parks and historic sites each year on the first Saturday in May.

PTNY, in collaboration with OPRHP, coordinates the event on the statewide level, providing outreach, promotion, technical assistance and a how-to organizer’s kit for Friends groups to use for their individual events. Friends groups and park staff oversee cleanup, improvement and beautification projects and work with volunteers.

The Catskill Have five locations this year:

  • Catskill Interpretive Center
    • Plant trees, install riparian vegetation, help with the removal of invasive species, and partake in some light trail maintenance.
  • Kaaterskill Falls Wild Forest
    •  Help block unofficial trails, clean up litter, and plant native trees to help prevent erosion.
  • Mongaup Pond Campground
    • Campsite clean-up, Assembling Picnic Tables, Planting trees/shrubs
  • North-South Lake Campground
    • Campsite clean-up, Tree Planting, Picnic Table Placement.
  • Woodland Valley Campground
    • Campsite clean-up, Assembling Picnic Tables, Campsite leveling.

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Catskill Park Day February 6th

Catskill Park Day is an annual event hosted by the Catskill Park Coalition to raise awareness in Albany about the Catskill Park and the Catskill Region. We work to support the Park and our Catskill communities.

Register and learn more about the day at http://catskillcenter.org/even…/…/2/6/catskill-park-day-2018

Learn more about the Coalition on our Facebook page or at www.CatskillParkCoalition.org

Want to help support Catskill Park Advocacy efforts and show your Catskills pride? We’re offering a special, limited edition t-shirt celebrating Catskill Park Day 2018 available here https://www.bonfire.com/catskill-park-day-2018/

Take Back The Trail: Onteora Lake Clean-Up December 9th, 2017

Come help us remove trash at Onteora Lake!

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

Anyone can participate. No experience is necessary to get out and give back to nature before the snow falls!

Meet at the Onteora Lake Parking Area at 9:00 AM sharp. Bring work gloves if you have them, plenty of water, and be sure to wear sturdy shoes. We’ll provide the trash bags.

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

When: December 9th, 2017 9:00 AM   through   1:00 PM

Location
Bluestone Wild Forest-Onteora Lake Parking Area
948 NY-28
KingstonNY 12401
United States

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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

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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 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.