UPDATE 6/29: Owing to the weather forecast for heavy rain, this Split Rock Oak, Hick and Hop Hike, scheduled for this Saturday, July 1, will be rescheduled to a date to be determined.
Conservationist John Davis will lead an educational nature hike on Saturday, July 1, to showcase forest types common to the Champlain Valley and West Champlain Hills. The hike, sponsored by Champlain Area Trails (CATS), begins at 9:30 am and is open to the public.
Hikers are to meet at the Whallonsburg Garage and carpool to the Bobcat Trail Trailhead. The hike will last until about 2 pm . Participants can also learn about the ecological importance of the Split Rock Wildway wildlife corridor stretching through the valley and hills of the central Champlain Valley.
The name of the hike, “The Split Rock Oak, Hick and Hop Hike” describes “xeric calcareous oak-hickory-hornbeam forest community” which translates to a “dry forest dominated by oak, hickory, and hornbeam trees on limestone-based soils.” The trees in this forest are more widely spaced so, with more sunlight reaching the ground, there is a broad range of flora hikers will see during the 2½ mile walk.
Davis is a local author, wildlife advocate, naturalist and conservationist, who has championed “wildways,” or wilderness corridors where animals can safely traverse the land in keeping with their historic patterns of mobility.
The hike is hilly and has a few small ledges, but is not extreme. It can be completed by novices and experienced hikers alike. There is no charge for the hike (though donations are always accepted).
For more information on CATS programs, visit their website or call (518) 962-2287.
Photo: John Davis, provided.