Category Archives: Volunteer Opportunity

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:

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:

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!

 

I Love My Park Day 2017 | May 6th

ILove My Park Day is an exciting statewide event, organized by Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and local Friends groups, to celebrate and enhance New York’s parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs.

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Over 100 state parks and historic sites will participate, from Jones Beach State Park to Niagara Falls State Park. New this year to help celebrate the sixth anniversary of I Love My Park Day, we’re excited to expand the event to public lands in the Adirondacks and Catskills managed by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), as well as several National Park Service (NPS) sites in celebration of NPS’s centennial.

Bluestone Wild Forest Clean-up | Saturday April 1st at 10am

Start the spring off right with giving back to our environment and helping clean-up the popular Bluestone Wild Forest in Kingston, NY.  On Saturday, April 1st we will be leading a clean-up team to clean up the main entrance and parking are of Onterora Lake right off of Route 28.  We will then jump over to the Jockey Hill area of Bluestone Wild Forest to continue the clean-up efforts there at the Jockey Hill/ Wintergreen Trailhead.

This effort is part of an ongoing project to remove old dump sites, to aid the restoration of these parcels of forest preserve lands.

We will be meeting at 10am at the Onteora Lake Main Parking area right off of Route 28.  Wear sturdy footwear, pack plenty of water and a lunch.  We will be supplying the trash bags and safety gear needed but feel free to bring your own work gloves or other gear.  The public is welcome to join us and you do not need to be a member of any club to join the Trail Crew.  No experience is necessary, we will provide the tools and the training on site before we get started.

The event will go on rain or shine however if there is still too much snow on the ground for us to work the “snow date” is April 9th at 10am.

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