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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…
This year we’re kicking off the trail-building season by creating the next section of the Doris Duke trail, which will travel uphill to join up with the Allis trail on Sterling Mountain. The Allis is a ridge-top trail running from the Appalachian trail in the northern section of Sterling Forest State Park, south along Sterling Ridge and across the New Jersey border to link up with the trails in Ringwood State Forest.
Join us for a with a Sidehilling Party on the in early May, details to be posted soon!
HIKE with us!
Late April, we’re hosting a grand opening for the season at the recently-repaired Wildcat Mountain trail stream crossing, followed by a hike up Wildcat mountain. Members of the press will be invited, and we will reveal our plans at Sterling Forest for this year. Afterward, we will enjoy a little exposition on the impressive iron-smelting furnace building across the road, followed by the hike. Join us for some history, snacks and exercise.
Hike in style, hike in costume!
Late June, join Iron-Bob Brunner, Breaker of Pangea and leader of the Jolly Rovers, on a hike through Sterling forest. Tag along in costume and attitude with our rowdy gang of buccaneers and find out what trail builders do for fun, and how they go about creating a qualiity, durable trail through Sterling Forest. RSVP here, and we will notify you of the secret meeting location:
Steampunkers hike with flair:
August at Sterling Forest: Come hike with John Leigh and our stylish group of steampunkers in your favorite steampunk gear. Imagination is the order of the day! Lunch at a beaver overlook, and walk to a view of the city in the distance. Afterward, join us for a pub commune at the Renfaire. Exact date will be disclosed upon sign-up. Sturdy footwear is a must!
We are planning some evening hikes during the week to make the most of the lovely long evenings and explore more of Sterling Forest. We are also bringing back the popular and ‘build trail after work’ on Thursday evenings. Details to follow soon.
We are currently selecting Americorps volunteers for our upcoming Season! Check the positions out at:
http://nynjtc.org/job-openings and pass on to anyone you know who may be interested.