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FIELD NOTES: EDUCATING FOR THE WILD

Arbor Day Tree Planting Day of Service
By Dave Gibson

 


Bank erosion on Hudson River in Warrensburg. Photo © Dave Gibson 


Ranger Kabrehl instructs tree planting.
Photo © Dave Gibson 


Boy Scouts from Troop 100, Warrensburg, at work planting trees. Photo © Dave Gibson 


NY State Forest Rangers at the tree planting.
Photo © Dave Gibson 


River Road planting site. Saratoga Tree Nursery provided seedlings. Photo © Dave Gibson 


Tom Cobb, Board member of Adirondack Wild, helps re-green a former campsite. Photo © Dave Gibson 


Volunteers Tom & Elizabeth Cobb. Photo © Dave Gibson 


Welcome to our Forest Preserve. Photo © Dave Gibson 

 

  • Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve
  • Boy Scouts and Scout Leaders, Troop 100, Warrensburg
  • NYS DEC Forest Rangers

On April 27 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers led a day of service for the Forest Preserve along the Upper Hudson River in Warrensburg in recognition of Arbor Day. Joining to lend a hand in planting over 250 trees to prevent erosion, and to re-green former campsites abused by years of overuse were Dave Gibson, Tom Cobb and daughter Elizabeth Cobb of Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve, and ten boy scouts and troop leaders from Boy Scout Troop 100 in Warrensburg. Red and white spruce and balsam fir seedlings and potted trees were provided by the NYS DEC Saratoga Tree Nursery.

DEC Forest Rangers planning the day of service were led by Chuck Kabrehl, assisted by Evan Donlon and Art Perryman. Since 2009, the Rangers have spent a great deal of time and effort in this heavily used area of the Forest Preserve. Illegal motorized use and heavy use by rafters and other boating enthusiasts damaged many of the old campsites, some of which were closed in 2010. Last year, DEC Ranger Kabrehl and Forester Tad Norton organized tree planting by students from Albany's Green Tech Charter School recruited by Adirondack Wild. This year, boy scouts from Warrensburg worked with troop leaders from 10 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon, each boy planting dozens of trees. The lessons of tree planting and careful stewardship of our Forest Preserve and Upper Hudson River were implanted in every person taking part. A spirit of friendly competition ensued to see who could plant and water the most trees, which had been carefully laid out by the Rangers in advance. Re-greening was particularly needed in abused campsites to limit motorized traffic and on steep eroding hillsides.

Adirondack Wild's Dave Gibson explained to the group that Paul Schaefer, founder of Friends of the Forest Preserve, had organized the Upper Hudson River Committee during the 1960s to prevent four large dams that would have flooded the river from Luzerne all the way to Newcomb.  None of those dams were constructed thanks to the vigilance of the committee and of citizens from around the state. Three decades later, Paul was especially pleased with the acquisition of this land (from Niagara Mohawk Power Co) for the Forest Preserve during the administration of Governor Mario Cuomo.

In the weeks ahead, Forest Ranger Kabrehl and his colleagues will be looking for additional service projects for volunteers to perform, and Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve will be there to assist and recruit volunteers. The work instills a vital sense of public-private teamwork and cooperation in the field to benefit our forever wild public lands.


Updated 04/27/13

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