Two Things from the Catskills: Winter Hiking Intro and Kaaterskill Falls Meeting


by Jeff Senterman, Regional Programs Manager & Catskills Program Coordinator

Winter Gear and Gab: December 14

JeffSnowshoeingThe Trail Conference’s Second Sundays at Spillian series continues This Sunday, December 14th at 1pm with a “winter hiking for the new-to-winter hiker” presentation, a short stroll around the Spillian trails, and a shopping opportunity!

Avid Catskills hiker and Trail Conference Catskills Assistant Program Coordinator Heather Rolland will present a short program to get you started and inspired to get outside this winter. Her focus will be on gear, safety, and special concerns for kids and dogs while in the great outdoors.

Will Soter, the Trail Conference’s Trails Chair for the southern Catskills, will lead a walk on the Spillian grounds and discuss the many volunteer opportunities available on local trails.

Local outfitters will be on hand to answer questions about winter gear, offer suggestions for must haves and stocking stuffers, and yes – they will have a wonderful array of great stuff to help you get outside and play.

Click here for more details and to reserve a place at this free event.

Speak your mind on the future of Kaaterskill Falls: December 17

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has scheduled a Public Scoping Meeting for updates and amendments to the Kaaterskill Wild Forest Unit Management Plan (UMP).  The meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 6pm at the Town Hall in the Village of Tannersville in Greene County.  The public is invited to attend.

The meeting offers the public opportunities to suggest issues to be addressed, identify problems, and offer comment on the Unit Management Plan update.  People are encouraged to help the DEC in identifying issues that need to be addressed in the updated plan.  Input from the users of public land, local governments, neighboring landowners and anyone else with an interest in the property for which the plan is being developed is encouraged.

The Trail Conference has already made several recommendations to DEC and local officials for the Kaaterskill Falls area and will continue to do so.  We encourage any interested members of the public to join us for this meeting. Click here for a summary of some of our suggestions.

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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