Rochester Hollow Stream Walk!

Posted on: August 5th, 2015 by Leslie_Zucker

Please join us for a stream walk on Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 19th, from 10:00am to 12:00pm along the rugged­ly beau­ti­ful Rochester Hol­low creek in the Town of Shandaken.

Hike along Rochester Hollow

Alli­son Lent of the Ulster Coun­ty Soil and Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict will lead this hike along an old wood road that runs adja­cent to the stream on New York State For­est Pre­serve Land. Par­tic­i­pants will learn about nat­ur­al strea

ms 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 nat­ur­al sta­bil­i­ty. Addi­tion­al top­ics are the impor­tance of ripar­i­an buffers, the role that large woody debris plays in streams, macroin­ver­te­brates as indi­ca­tors of stream health, and flood­plain management.

This event is free and open to all, but is lim­it­ed to 20 par­tic­i­pants. Please con­tact Jen Bow­man at 845–688-3047 ext. 8 or to reg­is­ter. The trail is a rel­a­tive­ly easy and well-groomed, though it can be steep at times. There will be ample off trail hik­ing, so be sure to bring appro­pri­ate footwear, water, and be tick pre­pared. For the safe­ty and com­fort of all par­tic­i­pants we ask that all pets stay at home.

Walk par­tic­i­pants will meet at the Rochester Hol­low Trail­head Park­ing Lot. Take Route 28 past Big Indi­an, NY and turn north on Matyas Road and fol­low it to its end (approx­i­mate­ly a quar­ter mile from Route 28). Park­ing lot is locat­ed at end of this road adja­cent to trailhead.