by Jeff Senterman, Regional Programs Manager & Catskills Program Coordinator
Winter Gear and Gab: December 14
The 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.
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.