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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