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Volunteers Needed for National Trails Day in the Catskills

The following information concerning National Trails Day is now on the ADK Web site, The direct link to the NTD info is

Paul Ertelt
Communications Director
Adirondack Mountain Club
(518) 449-3870
(518) 810-7741 (cell)

The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is celebrating National Trails Day in the Catskill Forest Preserve on Saturday, June 7, 2008. Volunteer trail crews led by experienced ADK leaders will spend the day maintaining sections of trail throughout the Catskills.

Milford State Forest Hike 4/15/08

Milford State Forest Hike, Tuesday April 15, 2008: Twenty-four participants enjoyed a sunny hike along paths in an area that has not been hiked since the tornado of 1998. The trails have been cleared of logs and many species of young trees occur, including Larch, Spruce, Fire Cherry, Maples, and Birch. From right to left photographs are: 1) bubble under ice, 2) trail puddle, 3) Surprise Pond, 4) snack time, 5) lunch, and 6) lunch again.

Photos of FLT - Oquaga Lake State Forest Hike

ADK Tuesday Hike April 8, 2008: Linda and Stef Seifried led this Finger-Lake-Trail trip that ended with lunch at Oquaga Lake State Park. Fourteen Club members participated on this sunny, warm (58 F) day in the area known as the “Arctic State Forest.” The green ruffle on the tree is a Leafy Lichen (foliose type) and flat lichens are often referred to as a “time-stains.” That nick-name indicates how slowly this composite organism (fungus + alga) grows. The diameter of this specimen reflects an age of many years.



OUR GOAL ADK’s goal is to provide you, the volunteer, with the unique
opportunity to give something back to trails. Our volunteer projects are
inherently educational and include not only trail maintenance and
reconstruction techniques, but also low-impact camping and natural history.
Ultimately, we will complete a quality trail project that will protect
the natural resource for many years. You are guaranteed a fun and
rewarding experience participating as an ADK Trails Volunteer!


The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is holding a series of public workshops across the state on the topic of trail development. These workshops offer ADK members an excellent opportunity to be heard on the development of new hiking trails and the maintenance of existing trails.

We urge those who attend to speak out about the lack of adequate state funding for trails in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks and on state forest lands, including the Finger Lakes Trail and the Long Path North.


Ed Sidote, chair of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference, will
speak about the Finger Lakes Trail and show photos of various points
along the way in a presentation on Thursday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in
the Red Dragon Theatre of the Hunt College Union at the SUNY College at
Oneonta. Admission to the event is free, and members of the community
are invited to attend.

The Finger Lakes Trail, a long-distance hiking trail with many
day options, runs from the western Catskills across the southern tier
to the Finger Lakes region. The Finger Lakes Trail Conference, Inc. was

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Adirondack Mountain Club

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The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1922. It has approximately 35,000 members. The ADK is dedicated to the protection and responsible recreational use of the New York State Forest Preserve, parks, wild lands, and waters; it conducts extensive conservation, and natural history programs. There are 27 local chapters throughout New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

A Bit of Johns Brook Lodge History

One of the two ADK owned lodges is in the town of Keene. Johns Brook Lodge is 5 miles up the brook from the end of Interbrook Road. It was built in 1925 on a spot that had been occupied by Mel Hathaway, guide turned hermit and squatter. It has been open for over 50 summers for hikers headed up Marcy way who wish to sleep in a bed or eat a kitchen prepared meal. Hut boys backpack the supplies in, though the heavier materials such as fuel tanks are snowsledded in the winter before.