Catskills Trails Committee Plans Two New Crews

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.

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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 catskills@nynjtc.org or visit us on the web at www.nynjtc.org/catskills.

About Trail Walker

Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of more than 2,100 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public. We publish maps and books that guide public use of these trails. The Trail Conference is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization with a membership of 10,000 individuals and 100 clubs with a combined membership of 100,000 active, outdoor-loving people.
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