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Friends of the Finger Lakes National Forest, Inc. 

 

 

 

Guided Discovery Trail Hikes Announced

Friends of The Finger Lakes Forest, Inc.
PO Box 193,
Burdett, NY 14818

FoFLNF@aol.com

Who We Are and What We Do
The Friends of the Finger Lakes National Forest (FoFLNF), a not-for-profit New York Corporation, promotes community participation in the wise use, care and development of the Finger Lakes National Forest. The group strives to foster an appreciation for the many natural resources found on the forest through a variety of educational activities and involvement opportunities. The group serves as a local focal point for facilitating consensus among diverse groups with interest in forest related issues and works with the Finger Lakes National Forest Service Staff on selected forest management tasks.

The Finger Lakes National Forest, encompassing 16,118 acres, is located between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. The land area lies in the towns of Hector, in Schuyler County, and Covert & Lodi, in Seneca County. The Forest has over 30 miles of interconnecting trails that traverse gorges, ravines, pastures, and woodland. It is the only National Forest in New York State.

How do I Join?
Anyone who has an interest in the purposes of the Friends of the Finger Lakes National Forest, Inc., can become a member by paying annual dues of $5 a year. Membership entitles one to a voice in the direction of the group, voting privileges and the ability to hold office. The money is used to defray expenses of the group. Members are encouraged to become active in an interest area.

Meetings of the FoFLNF are held monthly, at the Logan Community Center, located at the corners of CR 4 and CR 2 in the town of Hector, Schuyler County, New York. Often a current natural resource forest-related topic of interest to the general public is part of the monthly program. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact a representative to learn about the next meeting date. Interested individuals may request a membership form at FoFLNF@aol.com.

PLANS

Next meeting will be a hike and meet on Sunday April 19th at 2pm.  Members should meet at Blueberry Patch campground parking lot where we will decide our trail hiking destination, perhaps looking for Wooly Adelgid and spring flowers.  Five people joined
in the February Hike.

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CURRENT ISSUES

Wooly Adelgid infestation on conifers was discussed.  The Caywood area has been confirmed infested but not found on the forest Ravine Trail.  A hemlock pest.  Members are asked to get up to speed on identifying this pest and report sightings to the Ranger Station.  ID help is available from the Ranger Station.  Brochures will be available for distribution.

HISTORIC FOREST RELATED ISSUES

SPECIAL – Local work by members of the FoFLNF group, the Finger Lakes Forest Watch Congress and the Forest Service: Cotton Mill Timber Sale – Debate & Decision

USDA FOREST SERVICE - SMALL OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS - Issue has been resolved

All Federal land within the boundary of Finger Lakes National Forest
was withdrawn from oil and gas leasing under the Energy Policy Act of 2005
(Public Law 109-58 sec 370
August 8, 2005)

FoFLNF current officers:

John Potter - President
email - AbiesAlba1@aol.com, phone 607-546-2241
Joan Martin - Treasurer
email - JoanMartin@htva.net, phone 607-546-7871
Kate Bartholomew - Secretary
email - kbartholo@watkinsglenschools.org, cell 607-228-7371


Guided Discovery Trail Hikes Announced

The public are invited to Experience the Finger Lakes National Forest on one of our Guided Discovery Trail Hikes on Saturdays in September and October. The Saturday morning hikes are along easy trails of the forest, each leaving from the designated trail-head at 8:30 am and guided by volunteer who helps participants become acquainted with the natural world of the National Forest. Maps and more detail about the hiking trails can be found at Finger Lakes National Forest.

The Discovery Trail Hikes for 2007 were:

Saturday, September 8th - 8:30 am - 10:30 am. Hike a portion of the Backbone Trail. The Backbone Trail begins at the Backbone Horse Campground, and traverses the forest through shrub lands, pastures, old roads and many old homestead sites. It intersects the Interloken and Burnt Hill Trails to the south and the No-Tan-Takto trail to the north. It is a relatively flat primitive trail with natural tread, gravel in wet places and mowed paths through fenced pastures. The entire Backbone trail is a 4 ½ - 5 hour hike, this hike will be 2 hours.

Directions: From the Hector Ranger Station of the Finger Lakes National Forest on State Route 414 go north, continue for ½ mile and turn onto County Route 2, which is the next asphalt road. Travel for 3.5 miles east. County Route 2 becomes gravel a short distance after its intersection with County Route 4. Meet at the Backbone Horse Campground, which is on the left, opposite the intersection with Burnt Hill Road.

Saturday, September 22nd - 8:30 am - 10:30 am. Hike the Southslope Trail. The Southslope Trail is located at the south end of the Forest. The trail passes through hardwood and conifer stands and crosses a small stream. It is a primitive trail with plank boardwalk over wet areas. This trail intersects the Interloken Trail, which is a portion of the Finger Lakes and North Country Trail Systems. This is an easy 1 to 1 ¼ hour hike.

Directions: From the Hector Ranger Station of the Finger Lakes National Forest on State Route 414 go north, continue for ½ mile and turn onto County Route 2, which is the next asphalt road. Go east 3 miles then turn right onto County Route 4. Go south 3 miles to Wyckoff Road (gravel) , turn left, and follow Wyckoff Road to Burnt Hill Road. Turn left onto Burnt Hill Road and follow it to the parking area at the head of the trail located on the left side of the road.

Saturday October 6th, - 8:30 am - 10:30 am. Hike the Ravine Trail. The Ravine Trail passes through a wonderful hemlock and spruce plantation. As the trail loops around, it crosses a stream in 3 places with native rock step crossings. It is a primitive trail with a native tread and is steep in some places. The Ravine Trail connects with the Interloken Trail at Burnt Hill Road. Ravine Trail is a moderate hike because of the slopes encountered along the trail.
Directions: From the Hector Ranger Station of the Finger Lakes National Forest on State Route 414 go north, continue for ½ mile and turn onto County Route 2, which is the next asphalt road. Travel for 3 miles east to the Ravine Trail parking, located on the south side of the road. County Route 2 becomes gravel a short distance after its intersection with County Route 4. Meet at the parking area.

Saturday October 20th, - 8:30 am - 10:30 am. Hike the Finger Lakes Trail. This portion of the trail is part of a much larger regional trail system. The main Finger Lakes Trail is 559 miles long and connects the Catskills with the Allegheny Mountains, passing through remote areas of the Southern Tier of New York State. This portion of the Finger Lakes Trail is also part of the North Country Trail, a National Scenic Trail that originates in North Dakota and meanders east to Lake Champlain. The portion of the trail that crosses Finger Lakes National Forest is primitive in nature with a natural tread and boardwalk over wet areas. Portions of the trail are moderately steep and travel through hardwoods and open areas. There is an 'Adirondack' style shelter, beautiful vineyards and vistas from this trail, including views of Seneca Lake. This is a two hour hike, easy hike.

Directons: From the Hector Ranger Station of the Finger Lakes National Forest on State Route 414 go south, continue for ½ mile and turn left onto Mathews Road. Go 1 ½ miles east to the Satterly Hill Road, turn right and follow it for 3 miles until you reach the Finger Lakes Trail sign located on the east side of the road. Meet at the trail sign on Satterly Hill Road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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