I Love My Park NY 2013

Saturday, May 4, 2013 (All day)

I Love My Park Day at Minnewaska, 2012Show NYS Parks and Historic Sites Some Love on this second annual I Love My Park Day. Join Trail Conference volunteers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve (details below) or learn about other projects at  Parks & Trails New York website.

Trail Conference to Lead Bridge Project at Minnewaska State Park Preserve

At Minnewaska State Park Preserve, there will be two distinct volunteer opportunities available for I Love My Park Day.  Volunteers may choose between trail improvement and invasive plant species removal, both of which will greatly benefit the Park Preserve.

Help Build a Trail Bridge with Experienced Trail Conference Volunteers

With over 40 miles of hiking trails, Minnewaska relies on volunteers to maintain and improve our beautiful wild forest routes.  During Hurricane Irene, flood waters destroyed numerous footbridges on the trails at Minnewaska.  After nearly two years, Minnewaska is ready to replace these critical stream crossings, work that will be done by volunteer members of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. 

A team of volunteers will be led in an effort to haul building materials along the trail to the future site of the new bridges on the High Peter’s Kill trail. Participants will need to hike just over a half mile to reach a staging area from where they will carry lumber and other building supplies a quarter mile further. The lumber and other supplies will be stockpiled at this location, where they will be used to construct a new footbridge in the near future. 

This will be strenuous work and is appropriate for strong, physically fit individuals.  Spend the day outdoors accomplishing something that many hikers will benefit from and have fun while you work! This volunteer opportunity is appropriate for adults and children aged 13 and older accompanied by a parent or guardian at least 18 years old.

Or Take Your Pick of Two Invasive Species Projects with the Park's Invasive Species Control Team

Invasive species are one of the greatest threats to the native biodiversity and habitats at Minnewaska.  Come join the Invasive Species Control Team in its efforts to control and remove invasive species from the 16,025 acre Invasive Species Prevention Zone. Integrated management of invasive species calls for all kinds of efforts. Some projects require strength and agility and other projects, such as hand-pulling, offer a less strenuous volunteer opportunity.  Two projects are being offered to provide opportunities for individuals of various ages, agility and interest to help prevent the spread of invasive species at Minnewaska State Park Preserve.

The first project is appropriate for adults who have the strength and enthusiasm to participate in a moderately strenuous activity. The invasive shrub, Japanese barberry, will be removed from the Beacon Hill Trail by volunteers using hand tools. Tools, hardhats and gloves will be provided, although volunteers may want to bring their own gloves to ensure a good fit.

The second project is a great opportunity for adults and children at least six years old accompanied by a parent or guardian at least 18 years old.  A variety of invasive plants will be hand-pulled from near and around Lake Minnewaska. Species include garlic mustard, colt’s foot, Canada thistle, and leafy spurge. Gloves will be provided, although volunteers may want to bring their own gloves to ensure a good fit.

It is recommended that participants bring plenty of water, lunch, snacks, insect repellent and sunscreen.  And, it is required that participants wear sturdy shoes, preferably hiking boots or work boots and wear long pants.

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