We Love Our Parks

ILMPD-Minn-group ISF at FDRMinnewaska I Love My Park Day volunteers at a trail improvement project on the Mossy Glen Trail. This year, we worked with our partners on trail projects at FDR State Park in Westchester, and Minnewaska State Park Preserve in Ulster.

At FDR State Park, our Invasives Strike Force teamed with the Friends of FDR State Park and Parks & Trails New York—to pull invasive plants and protect native ones. More than two dozen volunteers removed oriental bittersweet vines, multiflora rose bushes, and some barberry and burning bush to uncover young native black cherry trees, a serviceberry in bloom, some silky dogwoods, and a white oak tree. When they mature, all of the native specimens that were rescued will provide important food for wildlife. Learn more about our Invasives Strike Force and opportunities for you to get involved in protecting our native species.

At Minnewaska, 16 cheerful people worked on the popular Mossy Glen Trail, restoring a wet area and building a new bog bridge. Dave Webber, our volunteer Supervisor for Minnewaska and crew leader of the West Hudson North crew, led the work day, with the support of park staff, who supplied the lumber for the bog bridge and transported it close to the site. The volunteers carried lumber in to the work site, stockpiled stone and crush, and started construction of a bog bridge.

Work will continue this season to complete bog bridges as well as stone turnpikes across several set areas along the trail, in between the Blueberry Run and Mossy Glen footbridges. If you are interested in working with this crew on this or future projects at Minnewaska, please contact Sona Mason at smason@nynjtc.org. Find schedules for all of our trail crews on our website and get involved with the one that best suits you.

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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