The first hitch of the season! The crews finally got a chance to get out there and get the work done that they were born to do. And work they did.
1. Santanoni Historic Area
The Santanoni Historic Area is in Newcomb, NY, and lies at the southern edge of the High Peaks Wilderness. This summer, we will have a crew at Santanoni every single hitch. The work that the crews will be doing varies widely, but this week had the crew working on a carraige road heading out to the Santanoni Great Camp. They cleared out some culverts and some beaver damage, as well as fixing some pretty heavily washed out areas of trail.
2. Wilmington Wild Forest
Another running project this summer, Wilmington Wild Forest is located near the base of the popular Whiteface Mountain. The crews will be spending much of the time working on multi-use trails in the park. This project (a very important one for the local economy) has been in the works for over 6 years, and has included state, local, and volunteer efforts. Most of the trails are intended to be used as hiking and mountain biking trails in the summer, and as snowmobile trails in the winter. This first week of the project, the crew maintained over 1000ft of trail. They spent much of the week widening and leveling the tread (walking surface) of the trail, but also spent some time removing blowdowns and some large rocks from the trail.
3. The Nature Conservancy Invasives Project
One of two crews this summer working with The Nature Conservancy, our Invasive Species Specialists and their fellow corps members spent the week traveling around the Adirondack Park to various invasive hot spots. Specifically, they fought the good fight against garlic mustard, phragmites, and yellow iris, three of the major invasive species challenging biodiversity in the park.
4. Fulton County State Forest
The crew at Fulton County was working to prepare logs for the construction of a lean-to. Over the course of the week, they felled almost 40 trees, and peeled, bucked, and stacked over 50 logs for the lean-to project. This project also required some fairly extensive rehabilitation of the area.