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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.

Touch-Me-Not Trail| Trail Crew Trip|10/8|9:30-5:00

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Join The Catskill Conservation Corps, Trail Crew on October 8th, as we perform seasonal maintenance on the Touch-Me-Not Trail. We will make arrangements to stage vehicles Alder Lake , prior to 9:30 when we will meet at the trail head on Beech Hill Rd.

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.

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:

Mud Pond| Trail Crew Trip|10/7|9:30-5:00

Mud Pond 10-7-17

Join The Catskill Conservation Corps, Trail Crew on October 10th as we perform seasonal maintenance on the trail around Mud Pond. We will meet at Russell Brook parking area off of Morton Hill Rd at 9:30.

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.

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:

North South Lake & Escarpment|Trail Crew Trip|9/30 & 10/1|9:30-5:00

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Join The Catskill Conservation Corps, Trail Crew on September 30th & October 1st, as we perform seasonal maintenance on the Escarpment Trail. We will make arrangements to stage vehicles at Peck Rd, prior to 9:30 when we will meet at the Schutt Rd parking area outside of North South Lake Campground.

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:

Long Path, Cross Mt. & Mt. Pleasant| Trail Crew Trip|9/2 & 9/3| 9:30-5:00

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Join The Catskill Conservation Corps, Trail Crew on September 2nd & 3rd as we perform seasonal maintenance on a section of the Long Path over Cross Mt & Mt Pleasant. We will make arrangements to stage vehicles at the Lane St trail head, before meeting at the Woodland Valley Campground at 9:30

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:

Long Path, Ver Nooy Kill Trail Crew Trip| 8/5| 9:30-5:00

long-path Ver Nooy Kill 8-5-17

Join The Catskill Conservation Corps, Trail Crew on August 5th, as we perform seasonal maintenance on section of the Long Path near the  Ver Nooy Kill . We will meet at the Upper Cherrytown Rd parking area for the Long Path.

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.

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:

Pine Hill West Branch Trail Crew Trip|7/8 & 7/9|9:30-5:00

Pine Hill West Branch 7-8-17

Join The Catskill Conservation Corps, Trail Crew on July 8th & 9th as we perform seasonal maintenance on  a section of the Pine Hill West Branch Trail. We will meet at the Rider Hollow trail at 9:30.

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:

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:

Want to help build history in the Catskills?

Ever wonder what it would be like to build such a structure?  The Trail Conference (TC), with the cooperation of the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), is building two lean-to’s on the grounds of the Maurice Hinchey Visitors Center on Rt. 28 in Mt. Tremper, about a half hour west of Exit 19 (Kingston).

DEC has cut the necessary logs from a Central NY state forest and the TC had them trucked to the Visitor Center site.  This spring we have been peeling the bark off the logs, a tedious but enjoyable project.  Anyone who would like to be involved in this building phase is welcome to join us almost any Saturday (weather permitting) this summer, email us catskills@nynjtc.org to sign up or for more information on the project.  Check www.nynjtc/catskills for progress and schedule.

Once the structure is pre-built at the Visitor Center’s site, it will be disassembled, packaged into bundles and transported to their final sites.  Site one will be in the vicinity of the old German Hollow Lean-to near Arkville.  This lean-to was crushed by three large ash trees during a micro burst several years ago.  The new leanto will be close to the Dry Brook Trail.

The second lean-to will replace the failing Batavia Kill Lean-to located just off the Escarpment Trail between Blackhead Mt. and Acra High Point.  The current lean-to was built in the 1960’s in a wet location.  The bottom logs have rotted, the structure is leaning and the floor has been destroyed by porcupines.

Once the bundled lean-tos are delivered to their respective sites, we will be looking for a large number of volunteers to clear the sites, gather stones for a foundation and put up the structure itself.  If putting up the John Robb Lean-to was any indication, this is a festive and rewarding time.  Watch the website mentioned above for dates.

 

I Love my Park Day at Colgate Lake | May 7th

Colgate Lake Wild Forest is a highly used recreation area for camping, hiking, and fishing during the summer months. This event will involve cleaning up primitive campsites and around Colgate Lake Recreation area, breakdown of unauthorized campsites, and some minor trail work. All ages welcome. Volunteers should wear boots and bring garden/work gloves, water, a snack and lunch, as well as shovels, rakes, and clippers.

Colgate Lake is located 1.5 miles down Colgate Road (County Rd 78). Please park at the first parking lot before you reach Colgate Lake.

Local sponsors/partners: Catskill Conservation Corps

For more information, contact Bryan Ellis via email or phone: 607-652-3607

Start time: 9:30 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM

To register please visit: . http://www.ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day/events