The Catskills Trails Committee, made up of Trails Chairs, Supervisors and Crew Chiefs in the Catskills region–all volunteers–were royally treated guests at Spillian Inn in Fleischmann’s on Saturday, April 26 (thank you, Spillian!), where they gathered to get to know two new co-chairs for the Southern Catskills and review trail opportunities and challenges in the Catskill Mountains region.
The committee worked out details for the launch of two new trail crews in the Catskill Mountains this season. The Willowemoc Trail Crew will focus on the trails of the southwestern Catskills, specifically those in the Willowemoc Wild Forest just north and east of Livingston Manor and Roscoe. The Northern Escarpment Trail Crew will focus on the trails of the northeastern corner of the Catskills – following the trails from the North & South Lake area northward along the Escarpment Trail and the Blackhead Range Trail. These crews will supplement the great work that our trail maintainers already accomplish in the region, making sure we have the best trails possible.
Plans were made for upcoming Trail University opportunities, which will include two Introduction to Trail Maintenance workshops in May, as well as an Introduction to Trail Building course and a Trail Crew/Tool Use & Safety Course. Find all trail workshops on our website.
Our Catskills/Long Path Trail Crew continues to work on the new section of the Long Path over Romer, Pleasant and Cross Mountains. Crews will be on the mountains just about every weekend this spring, ensuring the Long Path is ready for its opening on National Trails Day (June 7th).
We are also looking to grow our leadership in the Catskills by recruiting more Trail Supervisors and to get additional volunteers working on the Catskills Trail Committee.
If you’d like more information on our programs in the Catskills, would like to get involved in leadership opportunities, or just have a question about our Catskill program, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us on the web at www.nynjtc.org/catskills.