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Litter Pickup along Peekamoose/Sundown Road near Blue Hole on Monday, September 7th

Some of the litter cleaned up from the Kaaterskill Falls Trailhead
Some of the litter cleaned up from the Kaaterskill Falls Trailhead at a prior litter pickup event!

The Catskill Conservation Corps will be leading volunteers in a litter pickup and trail cleanup along the Peekamoose/Sundown Road near the Blue Hole, Peekamoose Trailhead and Sundown Primitive Camping area.  The work trip will be from 2 to 5pm and volunteers will be removing litter from along the roadside, trails, campsites and vicinity.

Please make sure to wear your hiking boots; dress appropriately for the outdoor conditions and our trail work activities; pack plenty of water to stay hydrated; and bring work gloves.  The Catskill Watershed Corporation is graciously donating trash bags and work gloves for the work trip.  Thank you to our friends at the Catskill Watershed Corporation!

We will be meeting at the Olive Town Hall/Park at 45 Watson Hollow Road, West Shokan, NY 12494 at 1:45pm and then carpooling over to the Lower Field parking area.

The public is welcome to join the crew and you do not need to be a member of the Trail Conference to take part.

No experience is necessary, we will provide the tools and the training on site before we get started.

Please register below for this event, call 518-628-4243 or email catskills@nynjtc.org.

Litter Pickup along Peekamoose/Sundown Road on Sunday, July 5, 2015

Some of the litter cleaned up from the Kaaterskill Falls Trailhead
Some of the litter cleaned up from the Kaaterskill Falls Trailhead at a prior litter pickup event!

The Catskill Conservation Corps will be leading volunteers in a litter pickup and trail cleanup along the Peekamoose/Sundown Road near the Blue Hole, Peekamoose Trailhead and Sundown Primitive Camping area.  The work trip will be from 1 to 3pm and volunteers will be removing litter from along the roadside, trails, campsites and vicinity.

Please make sure to wear your hiking boots; dress appropriately for the outdoor conditions and our trail work activities; pack plenty of water to stay hydrated; and bring work gloves.

The public is welcome to join the crew and you do not need to be a member of the Trail Conference to take part.

No experience is necessary, we will provide the tools and the training on site before we get started.

Please register below for this event, call 518-628-4243 or email catskills@nynjtc.org.

Read the full press release for this event

Devil’s Acre Lean-to Rehabilitation | Hunter Mountain | June 13 and 14

IMG_1491Volunteers from the Catskill Conservation Corps and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference’s Catskills Trail Crew will be working to rehabilitate the Devil’s Acre Lean-to on Hunter Mountain on Saturday, June 13th and Sunday, June 14th, 2015.

The work on the lean-to will include the removal of the existing roof and the installation of a new roof.  The existing asphalt roof is in poor condition and will be replaced with a cedar shingle roof.

Other work for volunteers will include bringing materials to the site from the summit of Hunter Mountain where they are being stored and bringing out waste materials.

The crew will be working on the lean-to both Saturday and Sunday.  Volunteers can join the crew for both days or just a single day.

The public is welcome to join and you do not need to be a member of the Trail Conference  or have prior experience with the Catskill Conservation Corps to get involved.

No experience is necessary, we will provide the tools and the training on site before we get started.

Please be ready to hike to the lean-to work area; make sure to wear your 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.

For more information, please contact Heather Rolland the Catskill Conservation Corps Coordinator at 518-628-4243 or via email at catskills@nynjtc.org.

You can register for the work trip below:

Press Announcement

Free Introduction to Trail Maintenance Workshop on June 20

Volunteers taking part in an Introduction to Trail Maintenance workshop
Volunteers taking part in an Introduction to Trail Maintenance workshop

On Saturday, June 20, 2015 join the Catskill Conservation Corps and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference on trails around North and South Lakes as they teach you about the basics of trail maintenance in the Catskills.  You’ll learn what goes into keeping the hundreds of miles of Catskills trails open and discover how you can get involved in being a steward of the Catskills.

At this free workshop on the trail from 10am to 3pm, our instructor and Catskill Conservation Corps staff member Heather Rolland, will be teaching attendees the basics of trail safety, what tools are needed for the job, and you’ll be hiking the trail learning how maintainers clear back brush and weeds and remove fallen trees from the trail.  The local New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Ranger will also be joining us to talk about the work of the Forest Rangers in the Catskills.

Through the field work, participants will learn about the assessment of trail conditions, clearing, trail marking, proper use of tools and how to report any trail problems they may come across on their segment of trail.

Be prepared to spend the day on the trail as part of the field training. Make sure to wear your hiking boots; dress appropriately for the outdoor conditions and trail work; bring a bag lunch; pack plenty of water and snacks; and bring work gloves.

Refreshments and snacks will be served.

This event is free and open to the public.  Please register below using the form or register on the Trail Conference website so we can maintain an accurate headcount for the day.

Press Announcement for Workshop

 

Knotweed Removal From Russell Brook Falls | Saturday, May 16, 2015

Volunteers working on KnotweedThe Catskill Conservation Corps invites volunteers to help remove Japanese Knotweed from the vicinity of Russell Brook Falls on Saturday, May 16. The work site is an easy, short hike from the Russell Brook Trailhead.

Volunteers will be working with Catskill Conservation Corps (CCC) staff, Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) staff and others educated in invasive species to remove Japanese Knotweed from the area surrounding Russell Brook Falls.

Volunteers should be sure to wear hiking boots; dress appropriately for the outdoor conditions and our activities; pack a snack and bring plenty of water to stay hydrated; and bring work gloves. The public is welcome to join work trips of the Catskill Conservation Corps. No experience is necessary and tools and training will be provided on site before we get started.

Registration

Pre-registration is required for the event. You can register by calling 518-628-4243, by sending an email to hrolland@nynjtc.org or by completing the registration form below.

Press Announcement for Russell Brook Falls Knotweed Removal

Catskill Conservation Corps Targets Litter at Kaaterskill Falls Parking Area and Trail

Volunteers with just some of the litter that was picked up in Kaaterskill Clove
Volunteers with just some of the litter that was picked up in Kaaterskill Clove

Eight volunteers representing three outdoor-oriented groups with activities in the Catskills and one unaffiliated “concerned citizen” worked alongside the recently appointed Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Backcountry Steward at Kaaterskill Falls and other DEC staff to pick up litter in the Kaaterskill Falls area. The Sunday, October 5 event was organized by the Catskill Conservation Corps and was also an event in the 2014 Catskills Lark in the Park.

The group scoured the parking area at the end of Laurel House Road, then headed to the Molly Smith parking area on Route 23A (and main parking area for the Kaaterskill Falls Trail), where they filled more than a dozen large garbage bags full of trash before hauling them, along with several tires and other large, discarded items, up steep slopes for removal and disposal. They also picked trash up along the busy highway between the parking area and the Kaaterskill Falls trailhead and along the Kaaterskill Falls Trail. The volunteer effort was supported by the DEC, which provided trash bags and removed and disposed of the collected trash.

The groups represented in the cleanup included the Catskill Fire Tower Project, Catskill 3500 Club, and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.

The Catskill Conservation Corps will be leading a number of litter pickup events in Kaaterskill Clove, Platte Clove and at other locations on State lands throughout the Catskill Mountains region in the future.

Catskill Vol BarbequeFollowing the cleanup, volunteers headed to the Volunteer Appreciation Picnic hosted by the Catskill Conservation Corps for all who have volunteered on state lands within the Catskill Mountains region at the North and South Lake State Campground. There volunteers were thanked by Kathy Moser, DEC Assistant Commissioner for Natural Resources and Jeff Senterman, the Director of the Catskill Conservation Corps. Volunteers enjoyed great conversations, food and the opportunity to explore and enjoy the trails and views around the North and South Lake area.

Press Announcement

Photos from Litter Pickup and Volunteer Appreciation Picnic:

Catskill Conservation Corps volunteers build trail at future site of Catskill Interpretive Center

Trail work at the Catskill Interpretive CenterOn Sunday, September 21, 2014 The Catskill Conservation Corps partnered with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and hosted volunteers at the Catskill Interpretive Center site to help build what will become a new interpretive hiking trail at the Center when it opens in 2015.

The work trip was led by experienced leaders of the Trail Conference, who together with the volunteers, were able to construct over 100 feet of new trail climbing the hillside between the site of the Center and a vista and picnic area that will be created at the crest of the hillside above.

The Trail Conference’s Catskills Trail Crew will continue to build and develop this new interpretive hiking trail as part of the development of the Catskill Interpretive Center. Due to the location of the trail, much of the ongoing work will include side-hilling and tread construction. Future work will also include crib wall construction, trail surfacing and the construction of a bridge near the start of the trail. The trail is expected to be complete in the summer of 2015.

This work trip was part of a series of workshops and work trips that will be held at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper. The workshops and work trips are being held to both build the interpretive hiking trail on the property that will be open to the public for hiking and to train volunteers in trail construction techniques for future trail crew projects in the Catskills.

The public is always welcome to join the Catskills Trail Crew on the work site and you do not need to be a member of the Trail Conference to join the Catskills Trail Crew. No experience is necessary, and the Trail Conference will provide the tools and the training on site before they get started. To see the schedule of work trips at the Catskill Interpretive Center, visit the Trail Conference’s Trail Crew calendar at www.nynjtc.org/view/trail-crew-outings.

Interested in volunteering with a Trail Crew or otherwise getting involved with Trail Work in the Catskills?  Be sure to visit our Volunteer Page and sign up today.  We will contact you with information on ongoing projects and how you can get involved in trail building and trail maintenance in the Catskills.

Press Release & Announcement 

Help clean up the Kaaterskill Rail Trail and Kaaterskill Falls

KaaterskillFallsOn Sunday, October 5th from 9am to 11am, volunteers will be working to remove litter from the area surrounding the Kaaterskill Rail Trail and Kaaterskill Falls near the end of the Laurel House Road in Haines Falls, New York.

Volunteers should be sure to wear hiking boots; dress appropriately for the outdoor conditions and our activities; pack plenty of water to stay hydrated; and bring work gloves. The public is welcome to join work trips of the Catskill Conservation Corps. No experience is necessary and tools and training will be provided on site before we get started.

Following the work trip, volunteers are invited to join the Catskill Conservation Corps, the Trail Conference, the DEC, and other volunteers from throughout the Catskills at the 2014 Catskills Volunteer Appreciation Picnic being held at the North and South Lake State Campground and Day Use Area. For more information on the picnic, please visit www.nynjtc.org/2014CatskillsPicnic.

This day of service and recognition is part of the 2014 Catskills Lark in the Park, a 10-day celebration of the Catskill Park and the Catskill Mountains region. Visit www.catskillslark.org for more information.

For more information, visit the Trail Conference page for this event

Press Release for Event

Volunteers needed for trail construction at Catskill Interpretive Center Site on Sunday, September 21

IMG_1661-CIC Trail WorkOn Sunday, September 21st from 10am to 3pm, the Catskills Trail Crew will be working on constructing a new trail at the site of the future Catskill Interpretive Center that will bring hikers and visitors from the Catskill Interpretive Center, across a stream and up the slope to a future viewpoint

On this trip the Trail Crew  will be clearing the trail route and beginning to construct portions of the trail. Work will include clearing, sidehilling (digging into the hillside to create a bench for the trail) and tread construction.

This work trip is part of a series of workshops and work trips that will be held at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper by the Trail Conference.  The goal of the ongoing workshops and work trips will be held to build an interpretive hiking trail on the property that will be open to the public for hiking and train volunteers in trail building skills.

Please make sure to wear your 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.

The work will begin at
5114 New York 28
Mt Tremper, NY 12457
GPS Coordinates: 42.027633, -74.268607

Driving Directions: Turn off of Route 28 at the Catskill Park Information sign onto the Interpretive Center roadway, drive past the information kiosk, cross the bridge and enter the circular part of the road. The trail crew will be entering the woods at the north side of the circle near the small sign-in booth. Parking is available along the circle.

For more information, visit the Trail Conference’s event page for this work trip.

Press Release for Event

Photos from prior work trips on the Interpretive Center trails:

Trail Crew members cleared the route of the new trail

Training new volunteer leaders in the Catskills

Participants in the Leadership Training
Participants in the Leadership Training

The newly formed Catskill Conservation Corps, held its first event in cooperation with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference: a Volunteer Leadership Training workshop on Saturday, August 9, at the beautifully restored former Ulster & Delaware Railroad station on the Mountain Top Historical Society campus in Haines Falls.

The workshop was led by experienced volunteer trail leaders Chris Connolly and Jane Daniels  of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. This free, one-day workshop was a great opportunity for participants to sharpen their leadership skills and learn more about how to manage volunteers in a trail and outdoor setting.

The workshop was open to anyone interested in learning more about how to lead volunteers on volunteer stewardship activities in the Catskills and beyond.  Participants in the workshop included existing leaders from the Catskills, along with others from as far away as Staten Island and the Capital District.

Attendees learned a number of skills, including:

  • Developing their skills to effectively manage maintainers and volunteers from recruitment to recognition;
  • Learning about responsibilities activities of leaders within the volunteer structures that currently exist; and
  • Developing and tapping into resources to solve problems on and off the trails.

The day was full of hands-on exercises and group discussions that helped provide information to find solutions to problems that volunteer supervisors commonly face.

Press Release for Leadership Training Workshop Follow Up