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Friday, February 16, 2024

CATS Trail Building and Maintenance volunteers needed

CATS trail volunteers
Champlain Area Trails (CATS), an accredited land trust, announced recentlythat it is increasing opportunities for volunteers to help build and maintain trails in the region.

CATS has created over 80 miles of trails, protected 983 acres, and hosted hundreds of hikes, outdoor education outings, and volunteer events, attracting thousands of visitors annually. The organization relies heavily on volunteers to help build and maintain trails. Their efforts directly impact the positive experiences of all who use the trails.

“We could not work without our volunteers,” said Chris Maron, Executive Director of CATS. “Their contributions are essential to our mission of connecting people with nature and promoting outdoor recreation.”

CATS hosts a monthly Second Saturday Trail Volunteering event and is adding an every-other-week Friday Working Hike series. The next Friday Working Hike will be held on February 23rd at the popular Wildway Overlook Trail in Westport. Volunteers will help clear brush, fix erosion issues, and make the trail safer and more enjoyable. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Wet, Dangerous Conditions in the Adirondacks and Catskills

Winter hiking

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today advised recreationists in the Adirondacks and Catskills of wet and dangerous conditions following recent mild temperatures and heavy rain.

The warmer weather and extensive rain melted much of the existing snowpack, swelling waterways and making water crossings dangerous with fast and strong currents. DEC advises visitors not to attempt stream crossings where bridges are not available. Water temperatures will be extremely cold and full or partial submersion can quickly lead to hypothermia. Waterways are not yet frozen and crossing of ponds or lakes should not be attempted. Avoid getting too close to stream and riverbanks as they may be icy.

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