Fall 2017 Newsletter Is Now Online

View or download the latest issue of Mid Hudson Trails by clicking here.  Includes upcoming outings and events and an article about our changing plantscape.

Japanese stiltgrass

Japanese stiltgrass covers a trail at Mills-Norrie State Park.

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You Can Help with Wappinger Creek Stream Bank Assessment

Learn the ways of a Citizen Scientist and find out what makes a stream stay alive and thrive. 

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A stream bank assessment of most of the Wappinger Creek has just started under at the initiation of Mayor Matt Alexander of the Village of Wappingers Falls. This is a part of the Village’s waterfront revitalization program. The purpose is to study the causes of sedimentation and pollution and to improve the health of the creek and lake.

Spend a relaxing couple of hours paddling the creek, investigating and observing the native plants, shrubs, wildlife and surrounding topographic features along the banks of the stream. You will also learn to identify invasive species as you search them out.

Get hands-on experience with real-world scientific field work. You will be trained in how to conduct a stream bank assessment by a Marist College student working under the supervision of a professor in the Environmental Studies program. Once you feel confident, you may choose to complete your own assessment of you favorite place along the creek. Or just tag along helping out if you prefer.

If you would like to come out just to see what we’re doing, contact Scott Williams, Village of Wappingers Falls, at 845-297-8773 x9 or swilliams@wappingersfallsny.gov or Russ Faller, Mid-Hudson Adirondack Mtn. Club (MH-ADK), at 845-297-5126 or russoutdoors@yahoo.com. Tell them you heard about this from MH-ADK.

ADKers Give Black Creek Water Trail a Manicure

by Russ Faller
June 3, 2017: Nine Mid-Hudson Adirondack Mtn. Club members and 3 Lloyd Environmental Conservation Council members gathered where Rt. 299 crosses the Black Creek in the Town of Lloyd, NY.  These 2 groups built the water trail in the early 1990s and have been maintaining it since.
   The crew gathers.
                    1. The crew assembles
 
Above, left to right: Jeff Kaplan, Dave Kaplan, Russ Faller, Judy Mage, Jean McAvoy, Johnny D., Bob Clark, Kelly Oggenfuss & Bud Hossenlopp.  Roger Nott behind the camera.  Stan Augie already on the water.  Scott Greene hiding.
We paddle south looking for obstructions.
 2. We paddle south looking for obstructions
   Still no obstructions.
 3. Still no obstructions
 
   Too bad we didn’t take a “before” shot.  This tree (below) took 1.5 hours to clear.
   4. Too bad we didn't take a before shot. This took 1.5 hours to open.
We continued upstream, under the old RR bridge, to New Paltz Rd., finding only light work.  We were relieved!
5. We continued under the old RR bridge to New Paltz Rd. finding only minor work.

Kingston Kayak Fest June 10

Sat, June 10, Kingston Point Beach, 53 Delaware Ave, Kingston, NY, 10 AM – 4 PM 

Kayak Fest

A fun-filled day for you and your whole family, whether you’re paddlers or have never paddled before. Bring the kids, grandchildren, spouse, partner and friends. Don’t let the name fool you. It’s not just kayaks. There will be canoes and stand-up paddle boards (SUPs) for you to try. The emphasis will be on education, demonstrations, lessons and tours for beginner paddlers and those who have never paddled before.

If you’re an experienced paddler, there will be activities for you, as well. So bring your own boat and gear. A $10 donation to the non-profit Forsyth Nature Center gets you in. Members of the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) get in free! Bring your membership card.

Our Mid-Hudson Chapter-ADK has a big presence at this festival. We always need volunteers. You need not be a paddler to be of help. Contact Russ Faller at 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or OutdoorsRuss@gmail.com if you want to help at this event. You will not be asked to help for more than a couple of hours. So you’ll still be able to have fun.

Click here for the Schedule of Events.

PADDLING? Pay Attention to Water Quality

Paddle Outing Cancelled Owing to “Unhealthy” Water

Mid Hudson ADK paddle leader Don Urmston has cancelled the May 7 outing planned for the Wallkill River owing to warnings from the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation that the water quality is unhealthy.

Don writes: “The Wallkill has been declared unfit for recreational activities due to high levels of toxic algae and dangerous bacteria which are being fed by raw sewage being released into the river.  I would advise all paddlers to avoid this river this season.”

You can sign up for water alerts from DEC by visiting this page on their website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/101187.html