On Saturday, May 30, nine intrepid souls faced daunting conditions to restain the Huntersfield shelter and clean up the area surrounding the lean-to!
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The Huntersfield Lean-to is located just to the north of the Catskill Park in Huntersfield State Forest . The lean-to is along the Long Path, a north-south long distance trail managed by the Trail Conference running from New York City to the Mohwak River and which is envisioned to run to the Adirondacks.
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.
Following 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.
The Catskill Conservation Corps, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation invite you to join us at the 2014 All Volunteer Appreciation Picnic on Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 11am to 3pm at the South Lake Pavilion at North & South Lake State Campground and Day Use Area.
This free event is open to all who have volunteered in the Catskill Mountains region on trails, lean-tos, fire towers, and other stewardship activities.
Prior to the picnic, the Catskill Conservation Corps will be sponsoring a short stewardship project in the North & South Lake State Campground, which will begin at 9am.
This free 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 the Catskills Lark in the Park website for more information.
Please register for the picnic below, or call 518-628-4243 to register. Please also feel free to call if you have any questions or need additional information.
Free Registration for 2014 Catskills Volunteer Appreciation Picnic
Some photos from our 2013 Picnic!
A partnership between the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation providing volunteer opportunities to the public on projects that protect natural resources and enhance outdoor recreation opportunities in the Catskill Mountains.