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Sterling Forest Trails Project
First you helped us save Sterling Forest…now help us restore its trails.
In 1998, the effort to protect Sterling Forest from development lead a coalition of over 30 organizations to purchase and permanently protect 14,500 acres of unbroken deep-forest habitat. Subsequent acquisition efforts have increased the size to nearly 22,000 acres.
Now the Trail Conference invites your participation to enhance the trail system in this special park. Recognizing our expertise in developing trails and volunteers, New York State Parks has asked the Trail Conference to develop an expanded corps of volunteers and to assess, inventory, design, build, and restore the trails in this unbroken deep-forest.
In order to restore existing trails, volunteers will learn how to identify unsustainable problem areas and how and when to repair trail structures. A series of both entry-level and advanced hands-on workshops will teach volunteers how to layout and design sustainable user-friendly trails, and how to build, restore, remediate, and maintain trails. There will be opportunities and training for all levels of ability and interest. Details on how to repair and install crib wall, tread hardening by rock paving, stairs, trail bridges, drainage structures, stepping stones, and turnpikes will be taught as needed.
(The Sterling Forest Trails Project will not involve advanced rock work; training in those techniques is available at our Bear Mountain Trails Project.)
Come be a part of the next step of the protection of Sterling Forest…
Join us for a hike on December the 15th at 11am to see the completed stream crossing restoration at Wildcat Mountain/Townsend trails on Hall Drive. ('P2' parking on the Sterling Forest map), and discuss what's next for the project next year. Bring lunch, water, hiking stick or poles, sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. if icy - crampons might be helpful on a few sections.
Please contact Soña Mason - email@example.com or call (201) 512-9348 x 16. or sign up on the Trails Calendar.