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May 01, 2016
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REGION — The Catskill Nordic Ski Club’s informal, guided cross-country skiing sessions will continue in late January through mid-March. All trips start at 1 p.m. The leaders may choose to reschedule, to change the location, or to hold a hike instead of a skiing event depending on conditions, so it is advisable to call the leaders ahead of time to get the most up-to-date information (see phone numbers below). The leaders are prepared to help and encourage new skiers, and can provide directions to the meeting place for each event.

Schedule

Cemetery tour at Grey Towers takes you back in time

MILFORD, PA — A walking tour of the Laurel Hill Cemetery, Milford’s original town burial ground located on the grounds of Grey Towers National Historic Site, will be held on Saturday, November 1 at 1:30 p.m.

Participants should meet in the visitor pavilion in the parking lot and wear sturdy, comfortable shoes for the short hike to the cemetery. Regular tour fees ($8 adults; $7 seniors; $5 youth) will apply. Pre-registration is strongly recommended and space is limited. The program is appropriate for high school age and up.  Read more

Guided hike on Tusten Mountain Trail

NARROWSBURG, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Trailkeeper.org, partners for a fall hike at the Tusten Mountain Trail on Saturday, October 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Enjoy great views of the Delaware River, fall foliage near its peak, and traverse a historic stone arch bridge. Learn about the ecology, culture and history of the area with Sullivan County Historian John Conway and the Conservancy’s stewardship and education coordinator Amanda Subjin.  Read more

Autumn landscape tour at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Autumn leaves will be on display for the annual fall landscape tour at Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Tpk., on Saturday, October 18, at 1:30 p.m.  Read more

Fall gardening seminar

LIBERTY, NY — Autumn is the best time to prepare for next year’s garden. Completing a series of fall chores will give every gardener a great head start to the spring season, improve one’s chances for success and provide an opportunity to stop and enjoy the flowers.

Join Sullivan Renaissance and the Sullivan County Master Gardeners at a “Fall Gardening Seminar” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1 at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center. Sullivan Renaissance is holding this free class in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County (CCE).  Read more

Shohola Scouts to host 5K

SHOHOLA, PA — Members of the Shohola Boy Scout Troop #76 will hold their third annual “Shohola-Barryville Bridge 5K Run/Walk” at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 18, at Rohman Park in Shohola. This event will serve as the kick-off to Pumpkins in the Park, a long-standing community event held in Shohola each October.
Proceeds from the 5K will support the Scout troop’s program activities, such as merit badge opportunities, summer camp fees for those in need and equipment for camping trips. A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to the Ecumenical Food Pantry of Pike County.  Read more

Paddle on the Lake

HAWLEY, PA — PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center will host a paddle on Lake Wallenpaupack presented by Nick Spinelli, Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District, on Friday, September 19 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Lake Wallenpaupack is a vacation hot-spot for fisherman, hikers, boaters and nature enthusiasts alike.

Spinelli will lead a kayak/canoe paddle and educational program. Explore unique habitats that provide a home to thousands of creatures, and learn about lake history, monitoring and wildlife.  Read more

Guided forest hike on Shuman Point

LAKEVILLE, PA — A guided forest hike at PPL Shuman Point Natural Area will be held on Saturday, September 27 at 11 a.m. The hike is presented by Sarah Hall-Bagdonas, forest specialist for Wayne Conservation District.

Participants will take a look at the changes in the forest since a recent timber harvest was completed last year, as well as discuss the overall health of the forest, invasive impacts and local wildlife that call this forest home.  Read more

Forage and feast on fall’s bounty

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Herbalist and author Dina Falconi will present a special workshop, Foraging & Feasting the Bounty of late September, hosted by Amy Gillingham, at Wild Roots Farm on Wednesday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Read more

Hike at Lake Wallenpaupack

HAWLEY, PA — An “Anything Goes Hike” will be held on Saturday, September 13 at 1 p.m. at the PPL Wallenpaupack Creek Trail. The hike is presented by Rick Koval, Pocono naturalist and WNEP-TV personality.

Join Pennsylvania Outdoor Life on a woodland adventure and see what he discovers. Koval will search for salamanders, dragonflies, edible plants, poisonous mushrooms and anything else that crosses his path. You will learn a little bit more about what’s happening in our forest during September.  Read more

Roscoe’s Dette Fly Shop brings England’s Partridge Days to Catskills

ROSCOE, NY — Partridge Days will be held at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum on Saturday, September 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This first-time event held in the Catskills is locally sponsored by America’s oldest family fly shop, Dette Fly Shop of Roscoe.

Partridge Fly Tying Days is a fun, casual format for a fly-tying show with the objective to promote fly-tying through education. The day is filled with demonstrations, presentations and workshops from some of the finest flytiers in multiple specialties, in the intimate surroundings of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.  Read more

Run/walk for Equinunk watershed

EQUINUNK, PA — The Equinunk Watershed Alliance (EWA) will host “Strides II,” the Upper Delaware River 5K run/walk, on September 20, to help fulfill its mission of protecting and enhancing the Equinunk watershed. Last year EWA partnered with the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) to celebrate its 25th anniversary, and it was a success.

Food and drink are complimentary for all participants, and available for family and friends at a low cost. There will be T-shirts, awards and prizes.  Read more

DEC announces that 2014-15 sporting licenses are now available

NEW YORK STATE — Hunting and trapping licenses, and Deer Management Permits (DMPs) for the 2014-15 season are now available for purchase, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced.  Read more

DEC adopts bear hunting changes

NEW YORK STATE — Black bear hunting opportunities have expanded this year as a result of regulation changes adopted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Commissioner Joe Martens announced.

“Under Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative, New York is working to increase hunting opportunities for sportsmen and sportswomen,” Commissioner Martens said. “With these changes, DEC is implementing strategies of the recently adopted Black Bear Management Plan.”  Read more

New invasive plant: Battling mile-a-minute vine

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — A new non-native plant species has arrived in the Upper Delaware River valley region—mile-a-minute vine (MAM). This plant is listed on the Pennsylvania Noxious Weed List because it can “directly or indirectly injure crops, other useful plants, livestock, poultry or other interests of agriculture, including irrigation, navigation, fish and wildlife resources, or the public health.” Early detection and rapid response is the best defense to the spread of this aggressive invader.  Read more

Thriving diversity revealed in BioBlitz in Sullivan County

TOWN OF TUSTEN, NY — The official results are in. Nine scientific research teams submitted their final tallies, reporting that 807 different species were collected in 24 hours at the second annual Upper Delaware BioBlitz conducted on June 28 and 29 on the Ten Mile River Scout Camp property in the Town of Tusten. The BioBlitz site included the Indian Cliffs, Rock Lake, Maul’s Pond and Grassy Swamp Pond, one of the only quaking bogs to be scientifically authenticated in the Catskills.  Read more

Explore woods and farm

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The public is invited to join Morgan Outdoors on Saturday, August 9 to explore the diverse landscape of northern Sullivan County. First, there’s a woodland walk through a shady white pine and hemlock grotto, followed by a tour of Snowdance Farm on a nearby beautiful Catskill mountainside in Livingston Manor.

Participants meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Frick Pond trailhead in Mongaup State Park, for a relaxed hike along a naturally cool woodland trail. The fairly level terrain has rocky, wet patches so sturdy waterproof shoes are recommended. Total distance is 1.5 miles.  Read more

Wally Lake Fest: Register now for these events

HAWLEY, PA — The fifth annual Wally Lake Fest will be held August 22 through the 24. With brand new events and returning favorites on the itinerary, this is a summer celebration that brings people of all ages to Lake Wallenpaupack, which is the third largest lake in the state, and the surrounding Lake Region.  Read more

Zane Grey fishing derby results are in

LACKAWAXEN, PA — Fourteen-year-old Jordan Metzger of Milford reeled in three winning smallmouth bass and landed an Old Town canoe package valued at $800 when results of the Zane Grey Catch-and-Release Fishing Derby were announced on July 12.

In the Youth Male Division, Aidan Sensiba, 14, of Long Eddy, NY won for his brook trout, while Hunter Shampine, 13, also of Long Eddy, submitted the winning brown trout entry. The Youth Female Division was dominated by Delaware Valley (PA) School 9th grader Jordan Metzger with the three largest smallmouth bass.  Read more

Upcoming educational retreat for women forest landowners

REGION — Women across the mid-Atlantic region who own, care for, or are interested in learning more about forestland are invited to apply to attend the fourth annual Women and Their Woods (WaTW) Educational Retreat from September 25-28 at Camp Susque in Trout Run, PA.  Read more

Park Service hike

DEERPARK, NY — “Get Your Upper Delaware Hikes Patch from the National Park Service” hike three will be on Saturday, August 2 at 10:30 a.m. at the Mongaup River Trail. This is a moderate two-mile hike with some inclines. Hike four will be guided by a National Park Ranger on Sunday, August 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cobey Pond Trail in Masthope, PA. All ages are welcome; under 18 years old must have a parent or guardian present. Refreshments provided. Call 845/482-4350 for more information or to register.