On Saturday, May 30, nine intrepid souls faced daunting conditions to restain the Huntersfield shelter and clean up the area surrounding the lean-to!
Are you among the few, the strong, the adorable? Think you could manage to work in such unpleasant (cough cough) working conditions? Sign up for a work trip on the Catskill Conservation Corps website to find out! We guarantee cuteness, adventure and fun on every trip.
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.
Huntersfield Vista Maintenance: On May 20, volunteers and staff from the CCC assisted DEC staff members in clearing three vistas located on the yellow loop trail around the summit of Huntersfield Mountain located just north of the Catskill Park. Shawn Smith of Operations and Ranger Jeff Breigle led the crew; volunteers acted as swampers. The approved work for this project was completed and all three vistas have been restored.
Special thanks to all DEC staff involved. It was a real treat for volunteers to work with a professional sawyer – Mr. Smith is a surgeon with the saw! In addition, Ranger Breigle invited feedback and fostered communication among volunteers about the aesthetics of each vista, such that volunteers felt empowered to offer suggestions and feedback. For volunteers to be able to see a vista open up before their very eyes was magical – they were thrilled. The weather was awful, which just added to the allure of the day.
Sprucing up the Spruceton Trail: On May 21, volunteers assisted DEC and Trail Conference staff in trail work on the Spruceton Trail. We worked for approximately 4 hours, removing piles of cut limbs and small trees from the side of the trail. The material was pulled back into the woods, alleviating the eyesore. We each removed approximately 20 piles of brush in a section of trail roughly .25 miles long. We estimate another .75 miles of trail still remains in need of this type of work.
Special thanks to Ranger Christine Nelson who drove us halfway up the trail to increase time spent working on the project. One of our volunteers was not familiar with the Catskills and had never been on Hunter Mountain before. She was truly delighted with her first experience – a ride in a ranger truck, hearing the Bicknell’s thrush calling, the incredible views from the fire tower!
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.