Posts Tagged ‘hike’

AWSMP Hosts Successful Fall Foliage Walk

Posted on: October 6th, 2020 by Brent Gotsch
AWSMP Edu­ca­tor Matt Savat­gy teach­es about water­sheds dur­ing a hike on the Ashokan Quar­ry Trail

Last week on the morn­ing of Octo­ber 3rd, the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram (AWSMP) host­ed a fall foliage walk on the recent­ly opened Ashokan Quar­ry Trail in Olive­bridge, NY. AWSMP has a goal of host­ing safe, social­ly dis­tanced, in-per­son events if con­di­tions allow. While it may have been a lit­tle ear­ly to expe­ri­ence the fall col­ors at their peak, there was per­fect autumn weath­er and all ten par­tic­i­pants had an excel­lent time.

The Ashokan Quar­ry Trail opened ear­li­er this year and is an easy 2‑mile loop that can be com­plet­ed and enjoyed by hik­ers of all abil­i­ty lev­els. Key points of inter­est includ­ed the on-site quar­ry where stone used in the con­struc­tion of the Ashokan Reser­voir was har­vest­ed, an aban­doned rail­road grade and load­ing sta­tion, and a scenic vista where sev­er­al local moun­tain peaks could be viewed.  Along the route, AWSMP edu­ca­tors taught par­tic­i­pants about water­shed sci­ence, for­est ecol­o­gy, the his­to­ry of the site and its impor­tance in the con­struc­tion of the Ashokan Reser­voir.

AWSMP nor­mal­ly attends many com­mu­ni­ty events and func­tions through­out the year in the Ashokan Water­shed. How­ev­er, due to the ongo­ing COVID-19 pan­dem­ic, many of those events have been can­celled or post­poned. In an effort to keep in touch with our stream­side landown­ers and every­one who enjoys and ben­e­fits from the Ashokan Water­shed, AWSMP has shift­ed the major­i­ty of its edu­ca­tion and out­reach pro­gram­ming to an online for­mat. AWSMP edu­ca­tors have post­ed a num­ber edu­ca­tion­al videos to our YouTube page so be sure to check those out.

When New York entered Phase 4 of reopen­ing ear­li­er this year, AWSMP insti­tut­ed sev­er­al out­door, social­ly dis­tanced events. If con­di­tions and pub­lic health direc­tives allow, AWSMP hopes to have more of these types of events this win­ter as well as next spring and sum­mer.

Please vis­it the AWSMP web­site for the most up-to-date list­ings of events (online and in-per­son) and stay in touch through our Face­book, Twit­ter, and Insta­gram accounts.

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Join AWSMP for a Series of Youth Hikes This Summer

Posted on: July 16th, 2020 by Brent Gotsch

Join AWSMP for series of youth hikes this summer

Join AWSMP for a series of youth hikes this sum­mer

 

The Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram (AWSMP) presents the Sum­mer Youth Hike Series on Tues­days this sum­mer begin­ning July 21st 2020. Mid­dle and High School youth age 10 and up liv­ing in the Ashokan Water­shed are invit­ed to join in a series of trail hikes to learn more about the Ashokan Watershed’s creeks and streams. Hikes will be led by Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion Ulster Coun­ty edu­ca­tors and fea­ture a local stream/watershed pro­fes­sion­al to share their expe­ri­ence and exper­tise.

The first hike is Tues­day, July 21 and meets at DEC’s McKin­ley Hol­low Road trail­head park­ing lot at 10 a.m. and returns at 2 p.m. Reg­is­ter now online or call Lin­da Gonel­la at 845–688-3047 ext. 0 or email her at lg457@cornell.edu.

A series of hikes are planned for Tues­days from July 14th through August 11th. Each hike will meet at a trail­head at 10 a.m. and con­clude by 2 p.m. Youth are required to bring a lunch, water and be dressed for the weath­er. Par­tic­i­pants will be asked to phys­i­cal­ly dis­tance dur­ing hikes and wear face cov­er­ings when stopped for group dis­cus­sion. Masks will be pro­vid­ed for those who need them.

These hikes are 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.

For more infor­ma­tion, call the AWSMP office at (845) 688‑3047 or email Matt Helf­frich at mdh268@cornell.edu.

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