|NTD volunteers heading to work in the Silver Lake Wilderness |
by Seth Jones
By Field Programs DepartmentOver 240 volunteers participated in various ADK Supervised Volunteer trail projects & workshops in 2014. First year crew leaders Jacob Faber and Jacob Veilleux did an excellent job and each brought a unique skill set to the program. Along with the training sessions with the Professional Trails Program, both volunteer leaders visited the Blue Mountain Lake Museum and participated in a two day Leave No Trace trainer course.
Trail Steward Workshops
This season, three trail steward workshops were held for aspiring ADK trail stewards. The trail steward workshop is intended to give trail maintainers an understanding of basic trail maintenance concepts and standards. This training is necessary to become an official trail steward under ADK’s volunteer agreement with the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Upon completion of the workshop, participants are supplied with a copy of ADK’s Basic Trail Maintenance Manual. On May10, the first workshop was held on the trail to Mt. Arab which is positioned just west of Tupper Lake. On June 21, the second one-day workshop took place on the trail to Severance Hill located nearby Schroon Lake. The third workshop was conducted in Blue Mountain on October 11th. Five volunteers on Mt. Arab, ten volunteers on Severance Hill, and five volunteers on Blue Mountain learned the principles of cleaning drainage, blow-down removal, side-cutting, and trail marking.
By Seth Jones
ADK celebrated National Trails Day® on June 7th in the Village of Northville. The 90th anniversary of the completion of the Northville-Placid Trail (N-PT) was the theme of the event. Trail projects focused on the last two major reroutes of the N-PT. 5 volunteer trail projects including a guided hike took place on the 7.5 mile reroute in the Silver Lake Wilderness Area that was completed by ADK during the 2013 field season. In addition, 35 volunteers installed 30 square feet of rock retaining walls, three rock steps, eight square feet of barricade rocks, and completed over a half mile of re-routes on the newly completed section of the NP-T in the Silver Lake Wilderness. In the Shaker Mountain Wild Forest, 30 volunteers worked alongside the Pro crew to grub close to a mile of that N-PT reroute that is anticipated to be completed by 2016. While trail projects were underway, over 30 vendors and artisans were set up in Waterfront Park which is located in the center of the Northville. A dedication ceremony was held at the end of the day that commemorated Waterfront Park as the new start or finish of the N-PT. Free camping was available to all trail volunteers at DEC’s Northhampton Beach Campground. The volunteer recognition dinner was provided by the Old Time Tavern which is located next door to Waterfront Park.