Category Archives: Leadership

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.

Build the new Batavia Kill Lean-to|June 12th-18th|9:00-5:00

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The Catskill Conservation Corps will be coordinating volunteer efforts to assist the DEC operations crew, with the construction of the new Batavia Kill Lean-to. Volunteers will participate in the preparation of the site, and construction of the lean-to structure. Site preparations include clearing, leveling, and removing vegetation.  Construction of the structure will require some heavy lifting, the use of ladders, and hand tools.

Volunteers will be provided safety equipment (hard hats, gloves, glasses), and tools( 3-4lb sledge hammers, impact drivers). To ensure to best fit and performance it is recommended that you bring personal protective equipment you are familiar with. We ask that all volunteers pack a lunch, snack and at least 2 qts or water. Sunscreen, and bug spray are optional, but can make the difference between a comfortable, or miserable day of service.

Volunteers will meet the crew leader at 9:00 at the end of Big Hollow Rd. each morning. For more information contact Catskill Conservation Corps, Assistant Director  Will Soter, Ph:518-628-4243 E: Will@NYNJTC.org To register, complete the form below. Please indicate in the comments, if you plan to attend for one day, a few days, or the whole week.

Devil’s Path Trail Crew Trip|6/24 & 6/25|9:30-5:00

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Join The Catskill Conservation Corps, Trail Crew on June 24th & 25th as we perform seasonal maintenance on the legendary Devil’s Path. We will make arrangements to stage vehicles at Predigger Rd, prior to 9:30 when we will meet at the Spruceton Rd trail head, in Westkill.

We ask that all volunteers dress appropriately for work on the trail. Sturdy footwear (hiking boots) are strongly recommended. Gloves and safety glasses are required. The crew will have some protective equipment available. However,  to ensure the best fit and performance it is suggested that you bring your own gloves, and glasses. Seasonal trail maintenance requires the use of hand saws, by-pass loppers, and other hand tools. You are welcome to bring your tools if you have some that you are comfortable using, or the Trail Crew will train you on the use of the tools we have.

The trip is held over the course of 2 days. There is an option to camp with the crew, or join for just one of the days. We ask that you state clearly in the registration form, if you plan on attending the outing for one or both days. For more information about this trip contact Will Soter, Assistant Director of the Catskill Conservation Corps, p: 518-628-4243 e: will@nynjtc.org

To register for this event please complete the form below:

Burroughs Range Trail Crew Trip|6/3 & 6/4| 9:30-5:00

 

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Join The Catskill Conservation Corps, Trail Crew on June 3rd & 4th as we perform seasonal maintenance on the legendary Burroughs Range. We will make arrangements to stage vehicles at Woodland Valley Campground, prior to 9:30 when we will meet at the Slide Mountain trail head, on Cty. Rte 47.

We ask that all volunteers dress appropriately for work on the trail. Sturdy footwear (hiking boots) are strongly recommended. Gloves and safety glasses are required. The crew will have some protective equipment available. However,  to ensure the best fit and performance it is suggested that you bring your own gloves, and glasses. Seasonal trail maintenance requires the use of hand saws, by-pass loppers, and other hand tools. You are welcome to bring your tools if you have some that you are comfortable using, or the Trail Crew will train you on the use of the tools we have.

The trip is held over the course of 2 days. There is an option to camp with the crew, or join for just one of the days. We ask that you state clearly in the registration form, if you plan on attending the outing for one or both days. For more information about this trip contact Will Soter, Assistant Director of the Catskill Conservation Corps, p: 518-628-4243 e: will@nynjtc.org

To register for this event please complete the form below:

 

 

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:

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!