Posts Tagged ‘stream walk’

Register Now — Winter Snowshoe Stream Walk

Posted on: January 17th, 2019 by Brent Gotsch

Catskill Stream in Winter

*This pro­gram is now full. How­ever, if you would like to be added to the wait list please con­tact Linda Gonnella at or 845–688-3047 ext. 0.


Reg­is­ter now for a Win­ter Snow­shoe Stream Walk along Rochester Hol­low trail at the end of Matyas Road near Big Indian, NY from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 2, 2019. If there is not enough snow for snow­shoe­ing, a “No-Snow” date is sched­uled for the fol­low­ing Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 9. If there is still no snow on this date, a reg­u­lar stream walk will be held with­out snow­shoes. Snow­shoes and walk­ing poles will be pro­vided, though, par­tic­i­pants are encour­aged to bring their own gear. Those with lim­ited or no expe­ri­ence snow­shoe­ing are encour­aged to attend. Instruc­tion on how to snow­shoe prop­erly and safely will be given before ven­tur­ing out on the trail.

The walk will be approx­i­mately 2 hours in length along a well-maintained trail on NYS Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion (NYSDEC) For­est Pre­serve land. Dur­ing the walk, edu­ca­tors from Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster County will share infor­ma­tion about local streams and pro­tect­ing water resources, and we will inves­ti­gate signs of local wildlife. The walk will be 1.5–2 miles in length roundtrip with fre­quent stops to point out inter­est­ing fea­tures of the stream or to dis­cuss envi­ron­men­tal top­ics. The walk will end at a NYSDEC camp­site where par­tic­i­pants can warm up by a camp­fire with hot drinks and snacks.

Meet at the DEC trail­head park­ing lot at the end of Matyas Road by 10:00 am.

The event is free of charge but space is lim­ited. Please reg­is­ter early to hold your spot. Reg­is­ter online at or con­tact Linda Gonnella at the AWSMP office at or 845–688-3047 ext. 0.


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 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).