Wonderful, Wonderful Outing!


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In the words of participant Carla Barrett, MHADK kayak leader Glenda Schwarze,  “put together a terrific, fun, interesting and never-dull overnight kayak outing for us at Taghkanic State Park!!” The outing was September 13-14.
Carla continues:
“The group was very congenial and the paddles varied and delightful.  The food, though pot-luck, was better than any restaurant we could have gone to.  And the cabin was very comfortable, clean and well-situated.
“All in all:  Perfect!!! Thank you so much, Glenda, for taking the time to organize and lead it.”
And thank you, Carla, for sharing your words and photos with us!

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. 


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.