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Wednesday January 1, 2020
9:00 AM
Contact  Chris Enser
(716) 379-6412

Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area, Holcomb Pond

Cattaraugus County

Meeting location: Holcomb Pond Parking Area off of Vail Road between Unger Road and Button Road. Google Maps (leaves DEC website).

For information and registration (required): Call Chris Enser (716) 379-6412

Explore Zoar, Holcomb Pond Trail on this easy 2-mile hike. Holcomb Pond Trail is the only marked and maintained trail that runs two miles between Holcomb Pond parking lot and the Ross Pond parking lot. The trail drops down from the road steadily through a mixed hemlock/hardwood forest to the rim of the gorge and then follows along the rim before looping back up to the road. Leashed pets are allowed. Dress in warm clothing. If there is a lot of snow you may want to bring snow shoes.

Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Citizen Science: NEW YEAR’S BIRD COUNT

Join local bird experts for our 39th annual New Year’s Day survey. Seventy-one different species have been found at Five Rivers on Albany’s “First Morning,” and the birds found over the decades of this long-term study show interesting range changes for many species.

Bring binoculars if you have them. Dress warmly. If severe weather is forecast, call on Tuesday, December 31 to confirm the event will be held.

11:00 AM
Contact  Justin Thane or Theresa Draves
(585) 415-1521 or (585) 466-3241

Jersey Hill State Forest, Karr Valley Creek State Forest

Allegany County

Meeting location: Jersey Hill State Forest, Town of Birdsall at Fire Tower Forest Road, which is a very short spur to the maintained former fire tower site, north from Davison Road, just west of the Jersey Hill Road/Davison Road intersection. GPS coordinates (fire tower site): 42.35179N, 077.88442W. Google Maps (leaves DEC website).

For information and registration (required): Justin Thaine, DEC Forest Ranger, (585) 415-1521 (cell) justin.thaine@dec.ny.gov or email Theresa Draves, DEC Forester, (585) 466-3241 (office), Theresa.Draves@dec.ny.gov

Get off the beaten path and come take part in the First Day Hike on New Year's Day, on Jersey Hill State Forest in scenic Allegany County. Learn about the history of the (former) Jersey Hill fire tower, which was constructed at our meeting site in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Hear about how it was used to detect forest fires, as well as the other works accomplished by this program in the area, the results of which continue to benefit us today. Join a DEC Forest Ranger and Forester as they lead a unique loop 4-mile moderate hike across parts of Jersey Hill and Karr Valley Creek State Forests. We will walk along these two contiguous parcels, which sit atop a major watershed divide of the eastern United States, during our route.

Hike will be approximately 1/3 trail; 1/3 (unplowed) forest roads; and 1/3 Ranger-guided off-trail travel to complete a loop. Please wear adequate boots, dress in layers, and be self-sufficient with water, snacks/lunch. Due to the cross-country portions of the hike, skis are discouraged for the guided walk. Davison/George Road and Jersey Hill Road are town-plowed roads but are dirt. The event may be canceled in the event of severe weather (winter storm or extreme cold) or unexpected Forest Ranger emergency response needs. Leashed dogs are allowed.

Contact  reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Ring in New Year’s Day with a hike led by a DEC Forest Ranger, who will discuss how to prepare for any outdoor adventure.

Registration required; call 716-683-5959.

LegendFive Rivers Recreation and Families Reinstein Woods

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