Ashokan Watershed Weekend Events — Summer 2020

The Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram is pre­sent­ing Ashokan Water­shed Week­end over sev­eral week­ends this sum­mer. Join other Ashokan Reser­voir Water­shed res­i­dents to learn more about the watershed’s creeks and streams, how they behave, and what we can do to ben­e­fit (and ben­e­fit from) streams.

All events are open and free to res­i­dents of the Ashokan Water­shed. Gen­er­ally, the Ashokan Water­shed over­laps the towns of Shan­daken, Olive, Wood­stock, and Hur­ley in Ulster County, and Lex­ing­ton and Hunter in Greene County.

See detailed infor­ma­tion on how to par­tic­i­pate below.


 biking along the Ashokan Rail Trail

Fri­day, August 7, 2020 — Rail Trail Bike Hike

Let’s go hik­ing on a bike! As part of its Ashokan Water­shed Week­end series of events, AWSMP will be host­ing a “bike hike” along the Ashokan Rail Trail on August 7 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.

This excit­ing new pro­gram is open to any­one, but is designed for youth and fam­i­lies. Par­tic­i­pants must be at least 8 years old (youth under the age of 14 must be accom­pa­nied by an adult). AWSMP staff will lead a bike ride along the trail to learn about Ashokan Water­shed, the Ashokan Reser­voir and the New York City drink­ing water sup­ply sys­tem. We will also spend time learn­ing about the plants and ani­mals along the trail and will stop to study how But­ter­nut Creek crosses the trail and emp­ties into the reser­voir. Due to NYS phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing guide­lines, the ride will be lim­ited to 10 indi­vid­u­als. All par­tic­i­pants must agree to fol­low pub­lic health poli­cies out­lined for the event.

This event, which is free of charge, is open to res­i­dents of the Ashokan Water­shed. Gen­er­ally, the Ashokan Water­shed over­laps the towns of Shan­daken, Olive, Wood­stock, and Hur­ley in Ulster County, and Lex­ing­ton and Hunter in Greene County.

We will meet at the Boiceville Rail Trail park­ing lot at 8:30 am and will return by 12:00 pm. The Boiceville Trail­head is located at 5080 Route 28A in Boiceville. The Trail­head entrance is off Route 28A approx­i­mately 16.5 miles west of the NYS Thruway Exit 19 Traf­fic Cir­cle. Cold Brook Road is directly across Route 28A from this entrance.

The group will spend approx­i­mately 3 hours on the trail and will ride about 6 miles round-trip at a leisurely pace. Par­tic­i­pants will need to bring their own bike and wear a hel­met while rid­ing. The wear­ing of face masks is manda­tory when stopped for edu­ca­tion or con­ver­sa­tion. It is also rec­om­mended that each rider bring plenty of water and a snack.

Space is lim­ited so reg­is­ter today. Be sure to fill out your safety pledge and insur­ance and photo waiver and return them to Linda at lg457@cornell.edu.


Landowner Days (exact dates to be announced)

Future events this sum­mer will be focused on the needs of stream­side landown­ers in the Ashokan Water­shed and will be announced soon!

Strream planting_Bobby Taylor_Emerson 2019


Pre­vi­ous Water­shed Week­end Events

In past Ashokan Water­shed Week­end events, the pub­lic par­tic­i­pated in webi­nars where they learned about the basics of stream sci­ence and the pro­grams and ser­vices offered by the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram. There was also a guided hike up Kanape Brook where par­tic­i­pants learned about stream geo­mor­phol­ogy and the impact that North Amer­i­can Beavers have on streams.

Kids look at a beaver pelt and pond during a forest hike

Young hik­ers learn about beavers dur­ing the Kanape Brook hike. Note the “bench” where the kids are seated. Photo by Tim Koch.

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