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Hike with a Bike for Ashokan Watershed Weekend on August 7

Posted on: July 16th, 2020 by Brent Gotsch
Join AWSMP for a socially distanced bike hike on the Ashokan Rail Trail on August 7.

Join AWSMP for a socially dis­tanced bike hike on the Ashokan Rail Trail on August 7.

 

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

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Celebrate Ashokan Watershed Weekend July 9 — 10!

Posted on: June 26th, 2020 by Irene Foster

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Look­ing for some­thing fun and edu­ca­tional to do this sum­mer? If you are, the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram (AWSMP) is plan­ning Ashokan Water­shed Week­end over sev­eral week­ends this sum­mer start­ing July 9–10, 2020.

AWSMP is offer­ing a vari­ety of events where Ashokan Water­shed res­i­dents can learn more about the watershed’s creeks and streams, how they behave, and what we can do to ben­e­fit (and ben­e­fit from) them. These events are open and free to any res­i­dent of the Ashokan Water­shed, and you can look at this map to see if you are a water­shed resident.

July 9th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm is Munic­i­pal Offi­cials Day. The event is offered online and all munic­i­pal offi­cials and agency staff work­ing in the Ashokan Water­shed are encour­aged to attend. A cer­tifi­cate of train­ing for those seek­ing munic­i­pal edu­ca­tion credit will be offered. The first pre­sen­ta­tion is “Streams 101” which will cover a basic under­stand­ing of how streams func­tion. The sec­ond pre­sen­ta­tion is “Get to Know Your Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram” which will share what the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram offers to landown­ers, munic­i­pal­i­ties, and water users.

July 10th is Youth and Fam­ily Day. The first event will be the “Kanape Brook Stream Walk” from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. This is a hike along the beau­ti­ful Kanape Brook in West Shokan, NY. We will talk about stream ecol­ogy and phys­i­cal fea­tures, and stream­side veg­e­ta­tion. We will also spend time near a large North Amer­i­can Beaver lodge com­plex and learn more about these amaz­ing mam­mals. The hike will be about 3 hours long and about 4 miles. There will be two groups, one leav­ing at 9:00am and one leav­ing at 10:00am. Each group will only have 10 par­tic­i­pants, so make sure you reg­is­ter early!

The sec­ond event of Youth and Fam­ily Day on July 10th will be the pre­mier of the “Love Your Stream Video Project” from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm.  To show how much we love our streams in the Ashokan Water­shed, AWSMP will be com­pil­ing a col­lec­tion of videos about activ­i­ties tak­ing place on the streams in our water­shed. Fam­i­lies or indi­vid­u­als are invited to sub­mit a short video (no more than 5 min­utes) of you doing an activ­ity that you love by or on your stream. You are also invited to sub­mit pho­tographs or orig­i­nal art­work. Please read the Sub­mis­sion Guide­lines. All sub­mis­sions are due by Fri­day, July 8, 2020. Con­tact Brent Gotsch at bwg37@cornell.edu to sub­mit your work. The video com­pi­la­tion will be shared at an event streamed online at 4:00pm on July 10th. After we share the videos, AWSMP staff will be on hand to answer any ques­tions you have about stream management.

For more detailed infor­ma­tion on Ashokan Water­shed Week­end and for links to reg­is­tra­tion please visit AWSMP’s web­site  devoted to Ashokan Water­shed Week­end.

Stay tuned for more Ashokan Water­shed Week­end events this sum­mer! They will be focused on the needs of stream­side landown­ers in the Ashokan Watershed.

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