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Register Now for Snow Shoe Stream Walk!

Posted on: January 13th, 2022 by Leslie_Zucker
People snow shoeing on a woodland trail

Register now for a Winter Snowshoe Stream Walk with the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program (AWSMP) along the Little Beaver Kill, located at the Kenneth Wilson Campground Nature Trail, 859 Wittenberg Road, Mount Tremper, NY 12457. 

There will be two snowshoe sessions at 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm on Saturday, February 5, 2022. If there is not enough snow for snowshoeing on this date then the “no-snow date” will be Saturday, February 12, 2022.

Participants will meet at the Kenneth Wilson Campground parking area by 10:00 am (first session) or 1:00 pm (second session).

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. Participants must be at least 8 years of age or older to attend, and children must be accompanied by an adult

Covid-19 safety protocols will be in place. Outdoor masking is not required where physical distancing can be maintained. Proof of vaccination or a negative rapid test the day of the event is required for participation. Contact Dani White if you have any special needs at daw287@cornell.edu or 845–688-3047 ext. 100.

Stream partially covered with snow and ice

Snowshoes and walking poles will be provided, though participants are encouraged to bring their own gear. Those with limited or no experience snowshoeing are encouraged to attend. Instruction on how to snowshoe properly and safely will be given before venturing out on the trail.

Each walk session will be approximately 2 hours in length on NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Wild Forest land. During the walk, educators from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County will share information about local streams and protecting water resources, and we will investigate signs of local wildlife. There will be frequent stops to point out interesting features of the stream or to discuss environmental topics.

The event is free of charge but space is limited. Please register early to hold your spot. Reg­is­ter online or contact Dani White at the AWSMP office at daw287@cornell.edu or 845–688-3047 ext. 100.

Join the Warner Creek Virtual Stream Walk

Posted on: June 21st, 2021 by Leslie_Zucker

Residents of the Warner Creek valley, Shandaken town officials, and anyone interested in learning more are invited to attend a “virtual” Warner Creek Stream Walk held online Friday, June 25 from 2-4 p.m. To receive the webinar link, register at: tinyurl.com/WarnerCreekVirtualStreamWalk.

During the Stream Walk we’ll learn more about the Warner Creek valley and changes in the stream channel that led to prioritization of several sites for restoration work this summer. The Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District will discuss how the stream sites are being restored and what to expect in the valley before, during, and after project construction.

The event will offer plenty of time for landowner questions.

To learn more, contact Tim Koch, Stream Educator at AWSMP by email tk545@cornell.edu or phone (845) 688-3047.

Photo of stream program staff conducting field survey of Warner Creek
Staff of the Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District survey an unstable section of Warner Creek in 2019.

Showshoe Stream Walk along the Little Beaver Kill February 13th

Posted on: January 29th, 2021 by Leslie_Zucker

Register now for a Winter Snowshoe Stream Walk with the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program along a tributary to the Little Beaver Kill on the grounds of Kenneth Wilson State Campground located at 859 Wittenberg Road in Mount Tremper, NY from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2021. If there is not enough snow for snowshoeing, a “No-Snow” date is scheduled for Saturday, February 20. If there is still no snow on this date, a regular stream walk will be held without snowshoes.

Snowshoes and walking poles will be provided, though, participants are encouraged to bring their own gear. Those with limited or no experience snowshoeing are encouraged to attend. Instruction on how to snowshoe properly and safely will be given before venturing out on the trail.

The walk will be approximately 2 hours in length on NYS Department of Environmental Conservation land. Walk is designed for beginners but the group at times may go off trail. During the walk, educators from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County will share information about local streams and protecting water resources, and we will investigate signs of local wildlife. There will be frequent stops to point out interesting features of the stream or to discuss environmental topics. Be sure to bring your own snack and beverage.

Meet at the Kenneth Wilson State Campground parking area at 859 Wittenberg Road by 10:00 am. Participants must fill out and return a Liability and Media Release Form and a Stream Safety Pledge in order to participate.

The event is free of charge, but space is limited. Please register early to hold your spot. Reg­is­ter online at https://cceulster.mahaplatform.com/events/snowshoestreamwalk or contact Brent Gotsch at the AWSMP office at bwg37@cornell.edu or 845–688-3047 ext.103.

This program is funded by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection.

Celebrate Ashokan Watershed Weekend July 9 – 10!

Posted on: June 26th, 2020 by Leslie_Zucker

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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.

Register Now – Winter Snowshoe Stream Walk

Posted on: January 17th, 2019 by Leslie_Zucker

Catskill Stream in Winter

*This program is now full. However, if you would like to be added to the wait list please contact Linda Gonnella at lg457@cornell.edu or 845-688-3047 ext. 0.

 

Register now for a Winter Snowshoe Stream Walk along Rochester Hollow trail at the end of Matyas Road near Big Indian, NY from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2019. If there is not enough snow for snowshoeing, a “No-Snow” date is scheduled for the following Saturday, February 9. If there is still no snow on this date, a regular stream walk will be held without snowshoes. Snowshoes and walking poles will be provided, though, participants are encouraged to bring their own gear. Those with limited or no experience snowshoeing are encouraged to attend. Instruction on how to snowshoe properly and safely will be given before venturing out on the trail.

The walk will be approximately 2 hours in length along a well-maintained trail on NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Forest Preserve land. During the walk, educators from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County will share information about local streams and protecting water resources, and we will investigate signs of local wildlife. The walk will be 1.5-2 miles in length roundtrip with frequent stops to point out interesting features of the stream or to discuss environmental topics. The walk will end at a NYSDEC campsite where participants can warm up by a campfire with hot drinks and snacks.

Meet at the DEC trailhead parking lot at the end of Matyas Road by 10:00 am.

The event is free of charge but space is limited. Please register early to hold your spot. Register online at https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/snowshoe-stream-walk_251 or contact Linda Gonnella at the AWSMP office at lg457@cornell.edu or 845-688-3047 ext. 0.

AWSMP Invites Community to Stream Walk Along the Beaver Kill

Posted on: April 28th, 2016 by Leslie_Zucker

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).