AWSMP Invites Community to Stream Walk Along the Beaver Kill

Posted on: April 28th, 2016 by Brent Gotsch

The Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram (AWSMP) invites you to attend a stream walk on Sat­ur­day, May 14 from 10:00am to 12:00pm along Mink Hol­low, a major trib­u­tary to the Beaver Kill in the Town of Woodstock.

Adam Doan of the Ulster County Soil and Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict will lead the hike on New York State For­est Pre­serve land, along a trail that runs adja­cent to the stream. Par­tic­i­pants will learn about nat­ural streams of the Catskills, their fea­tures, his­tory and man­age­ment. The focus of this inter­pre­ta­tive walk will be on how nat­ural processes shape stream chan­nels and their flood­plains and how human inter­ven­tion can pro­mote chan­nel sta­bil­ity. Addi­tional top­ics may include the impor­tance of ripar­ian buffers, the role that large woody debris plays in streams, aquatic insects as indi­ca­tors of stream health, and flood­plain man­age­ment. Time per­mit­ting, par­tic­i­pants will also learn more about a stream sta­bi­liza­tion project at the nearby Van Hoagland Bridge.

The event is free and open to all, but is lim­ited to 15 par­tic­i­pants. Please con­tact Brent Gotsch at 845–688-3047 ext. 3 or bwg37@cornell.edu to reg­is­ter. The trail is rel­a­tively level, though rocky and nar­row in sec­tions. There may be ample off-trail hik­ing, so please be sure to bring appro­pri­ate footwear and tick and mos­quito repel­lant. For the safety and com­fort of all par­tic­i­pants we ask that pets stay at home.

Walk par­tic­i­pants will meet at the Mink Hol­low trail­head park­ing lot at the end of Mink Hol­low Road. Take Route 212 in Mount Trem­per, NY to Mink Hol­low Road in Lake Hill, NY. Turn left onto Mink Hol­low Road and fol­low road to its end (approx­i­mately 3 miles from inter­sec­tion with Route 212).

 

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