Category Archives: Leadership

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 Escarpment 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:

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

Escaprment 5-14-17 intro tm

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!

 

Find Out How Easy and Rewarding becoming an Interpretive Center Volunteer can be! | Friday Dec. 16th 6-8pm

The Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper New York has quickly become the gateway to the Catskills and visitors main stop for information and advise for all things our great area has to offer.  The Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center is a partnership between the Catskill Center and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The Center is staffed mostly by volunteers, are you interested in becoming an Interpretive Center volunteer but do not know what it involves?  This hands on workshop will teach you everything you need to know from opening and closing the building, store operations, public resources and more.  Come find out how easy and rewarding becoming a Catskill Interpretive Center Volunteer can be!!

Did you know that active volunteers receive 10% discount at the CIC store, t-shirts, recognition picnics and more?  The Catskill Interpretive Center would not be able to be open 7 days a week year round with out your help, come on out for an evening and find out how you can help visitors to the region have a fun enjoyable experience and want to return again and again!  The workshop will take place Friday evening and will be hands on with actual opening and closing procedures, greeting visitors and everything else you would need to know.  No experience is necessary and the workshop is open to anyone who is interested.  You can sign up to become a volunteer at the workshop, you can volunteer for an hour or the whole day, once a week or once a month, it is very easy and flexible and rewarding to be an Interpretive Center Volunteer!

A light dinner will be provided free of charge, we just ask that you register so we can ensure there is enough food for everyone (if you have a special diet requirement please indicate in the comments section).  The workshop will be held at the Catskill Interpretive Center.  Can’t make it to the workshop but want to become an Interpretive Center Volunteer?  Just fill out the form below or click here 

BioBlitz at the Thorn Preserve in Woodstock

We’re having our second annual BioBlitz, an event where we spend a weekend sending out identification experts to categorize as many organisms on the property as possible. The end goal is to have a thorough idea of the species composition at the Thorn Preserve, and to use to the data to form a stewardship plan for the property.

We will be sending out 2-3 trained volunteers with each expert. The trained volunteers will be recording the organism’s common name, scientific name, gps location, habitat type it was found in, and some other data, taking pictures of each organism, and in general taking notes on behavior etc that the expert discusses.

We’re also looking for volunteers to direct parking, to man the refreshments table, to keep track of ID guidebooks and equipment that are lent out, and some other tasks.

We are looking for between 30 and 45 volunteers for the event, taking place from June 10th through June 11th. Our schedule for what time experts are coming will be up on our website bioblitz2016.com soon. Our scheduled training days so far are Wednesday June 1st at 6 pm and Sunday June 5th at 11 am, both at the Thorn Preserve, which is located at 55 John Joy Road in Woodstock, NY.

If you cannot make the training’s, you are also welcome to come to the event and follow the experts around – this event is both for data collection and educational purposes.

Any questions or concerns please contact Virginia Luppino at virginia.wlc@gmail.com

Training new volunteer leaders in the Catskills

Participants in the Leadership Training
Participants in the Leadership Training

The newly formed Catskill Conservation Corps, held its first event in cooperation with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference: a Volunteer Leadership Training workshop on Saturday, August 9, at the beautifully restored former Ulster & Delaware Railroad station on the Mountain Top Historical Society campus in Haines Falls.

The workshop was led by experienced volunteer trail leaders Chris Connolly and Jane Daniels  of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. This free, one-day workshop was a great opportunity for participants to sharpen their leadership skills and learn more about how to manage volunteers in a trail and outdoor setting.

The workshop was open to anyone interested in learning more about how to lead volunteers on volunteer stewardship activities in the Catskills and beyond.  Participants in the workshop included existing leaders from the Catskills, along with others from as far away as Staten Island and the Capital District.

Attendees learned a number of skills, including:

  • Developing their skills to effectively manage maintainers and volunteers from recruitment to recognition;
  • Learning about responsibilities activities of leaders within the volunteer structures that currently exist; and
  • Developing and tapping into resources to solve problems on and off the trails.

The day was full of hands-on exercises and group discussions that helped provide information to find solutions to problems that volunteer supervisors commonly face.

Press Release for Leadership Training Workshop Follow Up