Saturday, May 16, 2009

Trail Maintenance - Northville/Lake Placid Trail

Since 1994, Holly and I have adopted a section of the Northville-Lake Placid Trail, under the Adirondack Mountain Club's (ADK) Trail Steward program. That means we walk through the 6-mile section every spring and fall, removing blowdown, cutting back brush, clearing drainages, and reporting any major issues to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. We try to get others to join us by leading this as a Schenectady Chapter ADK trip. Today, we had a great crew of 7, which is substantially more than usual.

We got a lot of work done on a cool showery day, spending about 5 hours in the woods in prime Adirondack blackfly season. On the plus side, painted trillium were everywhere, and the timing of the rain worked out much better than it could have.

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