Posts Tagged ‘stream walk’

Celebrate Ashokan Watershed Weekend July 9 — 10!

Posted on: June 26th, 2020 by Irene Foster



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 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 Brent Gotsch

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 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 or con­tact Lin­da Gonnel­la at the AWSMP office at or 845–688-3047 ext. 0.


AWSMP Invites Community to Stream Walk Along the Beaver Kill

Posted on: April 28th, 2016 by Brent Gotsch

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 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).