News And Announcements

Mothers’ Day Weekend – Wildflowers Along the Route of an Historic Hike – From our friends at the CNPS and the MTHS in partnership with the Torrey Botanical Society and the Olive Natural Heritage Society

Joel Fry-MTHS-CNPS2Our friends at the Catskill Native Plant Society and the Mountain Top Historical Society have announced a hike that will be of interest to all who love wildflowers and other flora and to those who love history. The hike will follow the path of 18th century botanist and author John Bartram and his son, William, as they explored the Catskills in 1753.  There will be a lecture Saturday evening. Click on the image to learn more.

 

Work set to begin on new Palmer Hill Trail in Andes

IMG_2773smallSizeApril 15, 2014  –  This is the view you’ll have at the start of the Palmer Hill Trail.   Yesterday the CMC got approval from the DEP for the route we’ve planned, and work will begin on the trail very soon. The Palmer Hill trail will be a very different Catskills hiking experience, taking you through beautiful open fields with ancient trees and stone walls in addition to wooded portions. At the right time of year you can even find a snack as there are several great apple trees near the trail.

Look for the grand opening of this trail on June 7th! If you are interested in helping with trail building and haven’t already signed up as a trail worker, please email Wendell@CatskillMountainClub.org.

Wonderful article on our new Andes trails in Kaatskill Life

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April 10, 2014  –  A big Thank You to Peter Senterman and Kaatskill Life for this great article on the Andes Rail Trail/Bullet Hole Spur and the Shavertown Trail.

The article states: “All in all, this is one of the nicest trails in the area, interesting in its variety, and a comfortable trail for those who like to wander in the woods. It is short enough to walk in a couple of hours, and interesting enough for repeated visits. The Catskill Mountain Club did a superb job with this trail. Congratulations!”

We couldn’t agree more!

Hopefully they’ll like the coming Palmer Hill trail just as much.

(click the picture or here to read the article)

Discover & Explore the NEW Andes Rail Trail
by Pete Senterman
Reprinted with permission from Kaatskill Life, Spring 2014

 

Spring wildflowers — they’ll be here soon — are you ready? Garden Talk on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 7:00 PM

If you can’t make the Annual Ephemeral Wildflower hike Sunday, April 27 with our man of the woods, Howard Raab, or if you can and want to be knowledgeably prepared, you might want to attend the the Garden Talk on spring wildflowers four days earlier in Delhi.

Hosted by the Delhi Beautification Committee

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Native Northeastern Spring Wildflowers
Guest Speaker: Lisa Tessier of SUNY Delhi
7:00 PM, Wednesday,  April 23, 2014
Also hear about: New community garden, hiking and walking trails; spring & summer plantings; 2014 holiday decorations; and more
Location:  United Ministry of Delhi,  Court House Square, Lower Level, Macintosh Hall

Refreshments
Will be served; no charge

With ice on the streams, the reservoirs still frozen, celebrate the opening of fishing season with an Open House APRIL 12, 2014, 1-3 PM

Fishermen, check out the Open House at the Jerry Bartlett Memorial Angling Collection at the Phoenicia Library

Check out the new interactive website featuring a “match the hatch” function,  see demonstrations of fly tying, book sale and more.

If you’re a Catskills angler and you can’t go, be sure to check their website for  the cool digital “hatch chart” of the insects the trout are eating, the artificial flies that best imitate those insects, and when and where to fish the trout.  It also offers a history of angling on the Esopus Creek, the natural history of local trout species, recipes for tieing the flies that match the hatch, and more. The content is available on all devices, so users can access it on a desktop or laptop, or carry it with them via tablet or smartphone.

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Fantastic Day at Kaaterskill Falls, Sunset Rock, Inspiration Point

 

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March 16, 2014  –  Sunday’s trip to Kaaterskill Falls and the North Lake area couldn’t have been better….see for yourself!    You’ll think “Hudson River School” looking at quite a number of the pictures.

 

 

 

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Our Friends at CRISP are Seeking Volunteers to Help Fight Aquatic Invasive Species in the Catskills

2014BoatStewards (2) March 5, 2014  –  CRISP is gearing up to educate the public about the problem of aquatic invasive species in the Catskills. Find out how you can help by volunteering for a few days this summer. You’ll be providing a public service and learning some skills while gaining valuable experience, too.

Click on the image for more information.

Temporarily Restricted Parking at Woodland Valley P.A. Beginning April 14

The DEC has announced that, beginning April 14, part of the parking area at Woodland Valley will be closed for at least two weeks to allow for the removal of ash trees infested with emerald ash borer, an invasive insect species that attacks and kills ash trees. For those planning to hike the Burroughs Range or on the Phoenicia-East Branch Trail, alternative parking is available at other parking areas. For more information see the April 14 update on the NYNJTC’s Catskills Hiking Trail Status and Conditions page.

 

Early start on trail maintenance

March 4, 2014  –  The trail maintenance season is coming soon, but some CMC members got a head start on it by doing trail work on the Big Pond to Alder Lake segment of the Touch-Me-Not Trail.   We were out in the snow putting up new trail markers and clearing some downed wood.   We’ll be back on this trail again to get the blackberries in the early summer.  We’ll be out building and maintaining trails in full force really soon.  We hope you’ll come and join us!

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We thought we were busy as beavers until we spied this beaver’s work on the way home from Alder Lake.

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