Category Archives: Trail Maintenance

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.

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.

The Huckleberry Point Trail Needs Your Help!

Huckleberry-01-15Come out and help rehabilitate this very popular trail to one of the best views in the Catskills!  We will be working to fix some wet/ muddy locations as well as clipping and other maintenance.

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.

Invasive Species ID Training | June 3rd 10 – to 3

japanese-knotweedThe Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership and the NY Natural Heritage Program in partnership with the Olive Natural Heritage Society and the Adirondack Mountain Club, is offering a free Invasive Species Identification and iMapInvasives Training on Saturday June 3rd at 10 am at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center, 5096 Route 28, Mt Tremper, NY 12457. We will be identifying common invasive plants that are underreported in the Catskills and show how you can contribute to New York’s invasive species early detection network by learning how to use iMapInvasives, an online mapping system shared by citizen scientists, educators, and natural resource professionals. The training will include beginner and advanced levels, including showing you how to use your smartphone to report new findings.. Visit www.nyimapinvasives.org for schedule details and registration, and contact imapinvasives@nynhp.org with general questions.
Please bring your lunch! The training will be from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Pine Hill West Branch| Trail Crew Trip| 11/25|9:30-4:00

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Join The Catskill Conservation Corps, Trail Crew on November 25th as we perform seasonal maintenance on a section of the Pine Hill West Branch Trail. We will meet at the Biscuit Brook parking area 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:

Intro to Trail Maintenance Workshop|10/21|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 October 21st. 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 available. However to ensure the best fit, and performance it is recommended that you bring your own safety glasses, and gloves. 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,please complete the form below: