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New Trail in the Texas School House State Forest by Bob Thomas - A path in the Texas School House State Forest in New Lisbon became a trail on July 1, 2017, DEC link to the state forest:

Trailblazing was done by the NYS DEC and the trail committee of the town of New Lisbon with the support of the town board. The trail begins on the south side of Jones Rd west of the intersection with Texas Rd. The trail is marked with blue markers leaving from the right side of this clearing The Texas School House -- the New Lisbon District No. 3 school house still stands and is in use as a private residence.

I went up to the Trailblazing Day at the Texas Schoolhouse State Forest in New Lisbon on Saturday, July 1st. Things were very wet from the rain on the evening of June 30, but it was plenty warm. There's now a marked trail with a very easy grade that goes back to a beaver pond. There are lots of ferns in the trail. Be prepared to get your legs and footwear wet! It may look different if you wait a while before going because there is a DEC timber sale that is going to cross the trail -- the trees are already marked for cutting. It is only about 1 mile to the beaver pond -- I didn't go to the end beyond that... They are working on a more detailed map which will be posted. Some photos from the day can be seen at this link .

Wilson Pond Update by Al Martel - Last Saturday, I met Fred Johnson at the Wilson Pond trailhead to do maintenance on the trail that our Chapter has adopted. Wilson Pond trail is located on NY Route 28, about 3 miles west of the village of Blue Mountain Lake. It's a roughly 3 mile long trail that we have been maintaining for many years. Fred and I met at 9 a.m. and started cleaning fallen saplings, branches and brush from the trail, as well as lopping back witch hobble and limbs that had encroached the trail. We had lunch at the lean-to, which is on the end of the trail. No trail drainage was required, even though we brought the appropriate tool. On the trip out, we focused on lopping brush and returned to the trailhead about 2:15 p.m. The trail was in good shape with the exception of about a dozen large balsams that had blown down across the trail just before the beaver dam crossing. The lean-to was scheduled to have been repaired/moved but hadn't been touched. The roof on both drip edges had severely deteriorated leaving the lean-to in poor shape. Perhaps DEC can do the lemons/lemonade routine and use the balsam logs to repair rotted logs on the lean-to. The helicopter is required anyway to relay material for the repairs. There's always something notable on the trip. We saw a small bear track and a newborn fawn track on the mud on the former beaver dam crossing. Fred took pictures of the lean-to and Wilson Pond. We heard wood thrushes, ovenbirds and many more spring arrivals. Thanks to Fred for the assistance and the company!

Few Guidelines/Reminders for Trip Leaders for Susquehanna Chapter
1. No more than six days prior to the outing, send information to both Moira Beach at who will forward it to those on the email list, and to Currie Marr at who will put the info on the website calendar. Information should include location, approximate distance and difficulty, meeting time and/or carpooling info, as well as your name and phone number.
2. If a trip has to be cancelled, notify Moira and Currie by e-mail as soon as possible. Also, you can call Currie (432-5434), Julie (432-8642) or Linda (432-8969).
3. When the Liability Release Form has been signed by all participants, turn it in to Julie Smith or Linda Pearce. The Form can be downloaded from the website www.
4. If you should be asked about bringing a dog on the outing, our chapter’s policy is not to allow dogs. An exception would be if a leader is on their own property, and chooses to have their own dog along, and the dog does not pose a problem for the hikers in any way.
5. Following the outing, you may send a trip report to Currie ( who will post it on the website and it will later appear in Foot-Loose!.
6. If you have any further questions, contact Julie Smith (607-432-8642), or Linda Pearce (607-432-8969),

CHAPTER MEETINGS are held the third Wednesday of the month, September through May, at the Elm Park Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut Street, Oneonta (except where noted). Members and the public are invited to our early evening potluck supper at 6 p.m. (please bring a dish to pass, your own table service and mug or cup); programs begin at 7 p.m., followed by a short business meeting.

ADIRONDACK MOUNTAIN CLUB ANNUAL MEMBEERSHIP DUES are $50 for individuals and $60 for families (other membership levels are available, including seniors and students). Benefits of membership include:
• discounts on ADK merchandise
• discounts on ADK workshops and programs
• invitations to member only outings and extended trips
• reduced rates at ADK facilities: lodges, lean-tos, cabins, and 20% discount on ADK trail guides, canoe guides, maps, campgrounds
• books and calendars
• membership in one of ADK's 27 chapters throughout the Northeast
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