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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: 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

peekamoose2-400x300Come help us remove trash at the Catskill’s Blue Hole!


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.

August 18 Blue Hole Clean-up: Thank You!

Due to overuse and misuse, Peekamoose Blue Hole in the Catskills was identified by Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics as a 2017 Hot Spot that needs extra care. On Friday, August 18, the Catskill Conservation Corps, along with our friends at the Adirondack Mountain Club, Catskill Center, and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation came together to clean up Peekamoose Blue Hole.

We truly appreciate everyone who came out to help keep the Catskills beautiful. We were 40 volunteers strong and were successful in removing more than 18 bags of trash from the Blue Hole and surrounding area! When we come together with a united effort, we can begin to make a change. This was one of the first steps of many in protecting this cherished Catskill destination.

We hope you’ll join us for our next Blue Hole clean-up on Friday, September 15. Then 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.

We look forward to seeing you again protecting our favorite “forever wild” lands. Thanks so much for all you do for trails!

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

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HikeSafe Course: Safe Outdoor Recreation Guidelines | Saturday March 11th 1-3pm

HikeSafe Course: Safe Outdoor Recreation Guidelines

Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Catskill Interpretive Center
5096 Rte 28, Mt Tremper, NY 12457 | 845.688.3369

The HikeSafe program, and the Hiker Responsibility Code were developed by the NH Fish & Game, and USDA Forest Service, in an effort to reduce the need for rescue, or recovery efforts in the White Mountains. These principles are universal, and are the back bone of safe outdoor recreation. In this course we will review the 10 essential items you should have on any outing, and the hiker responsibility code, which should be followed to ensure the safest possible outcome. Participants are encouraged to bring their packs and essential items to share with the group. There is no one way to enjoy the outdoors, but there are always opportunities for us to improve our odds, of having safe & enjoyable outings.

Will Soter is a NYS DEC licensed Guide, Assistant Director of the Catskill Conservation Corps, and a Leave No Trace Master Educator.

The program is free and open to the public, but there is a $5 suggested donation. Refreshments and snacks are available for purchase at the gift shop.

Echo Lake Lean-to Rehab | November 9th – 11th

echo-lakeThe Catskill Conservation Corps, a partnership between the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, ask for acvolunteers to join as we rehabilitate this well used backcountry structure, scheduled for the week of November 9th through the 11th,  at Echo Lake Leanto, in the Indian Head Wilderness from 8am to 4pm.  The work will consist of installing a new roof, a new privy and stainging the leanto. The crew will meet each morning at the Meade’s Mt trailhead, in Shady, NY.  The workshop is open to volunteers interested in helping repair, and rebuid the lean-to.

The Trail Conference’s Catskills Trail Crew is working to repair and replace many of the lean-tos in the Catskill Forest Perserve. The Echo Lake project is a great example of a lean-to that will be rehabilitated to extend the life of the backcountry shelter.

Volunteers should be sure to wear hiking boots; dress appropriately for the outdoor conditions and our trail building activities; pack plenty of water to stay hydrated; bring work gloves; and bring a bag lunch.  The public is welcome to join us and you do not need to be a member of the Trail Conference to join the Trail Crew.  No experience is necessary, we will provide the tools and the training on site before we get started. Participants should expect to hike, and carry tools 3 miles to the work site. There is an option for volunteers to camp, as the project will  take place over the course of 3 days.

The Catskill Conservation Corps (Catskill CC) is a partnership between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, whose volunteers maintain a network of more than 2,000 miles of trails, including more than 200 miles in the Catskills. The Catskill CC aims to increase and support volunteer contributions on projects that protect natural resources and enhance outdoor recreation opportunities in the Catskill Mountains.

Keep up with news, events, workshops, and volunteer opportunities in the Catskill region atCatskillConservationCorps.org and nynjtc.org/catskills.