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Spring is a busy time in the Schoharie Watershed! Join us for the 13th annual Schoharie Watershed Summit and 10th annual Schoharie Watershed Month events.
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  • 2019 Bare Root Tree and Shrub Sale order forms are available on our website. Each spring, the District offers an annual bare root tree and shrub sale for local landowners. Seedlings and transplants are being offered in bundles of 10 or 50. The order deadline is Friday, April 12th, 2019. For questions, or to request an order form by mail, please contact the GCSWCD office at 518-622-3620.

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Streamside Landowner Workshop

Saturday, April 13, 2019 (10:00am-12:00pm)
Mountain Top Library (6093 Main Street, Tannersville, NY 12485)

Do you have a stream in your backyard? Did you know the land along the stream, known as the riparian buffer zone, can improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat?

The Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District (GCSWCD) is offering an educational workshop for Streamside Landowners at the Mountain Top Library in Tannersville on Saturday, April 13th, from 10:00am-12:00pm. This workshop is geared for individuals who own streamside property in Hunter, Tannersville, Windham, Ashland, Jewett, Lexington, and Prattsville. Attendees will learn how to establish and increase the riparian buffer zone on their own property by planting native trees and shrubs. Participants may be eligible for Catskill Streams Buffer Initiative (CSBI) program funding and will have the opportunity to inquire about CSBI resources at this workshop.

For more details, or to register for this workshop, contact Laura Weyeneth, CSBI Coordinator at Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District, at laura@gcswcd.com or 518-622-3620. Advance registrations requested for this FREE event by Thursday, April 11th.

Can’t make it on April 13th? Contact Laura by phone or e-mail with your questions or to set-up an appointment.

We hope to see you there!

2019 Schoharie Watershed Summit

Saturday, April 27, 2019 (9:00am-2:30pm)
Windham Mountain Resort (19 Resort Drive, Windham, NY 12496)

The 13th annual Schoharie Watershed Summit is focused on Digging Deeper: Understanding how geology affects the Schoharie Basin. This year's morning presentations will take the audience on a journey through geologic history, focusing on both bedrock and glacial geology, and concluding with information about how the geology affects modern streams and our stream management strategies. Afternoon workshops may count towards municipal credits. Click here to view the program flyer.

New venue this year! This FREE event will take place at the Windham Mountain Resort on Saturday, April 27th, 2019 from 9:00am-2:30pm. Come early! Doors open at 8:00am for sign-ins, networking, and morning refreshments. All registered attendees will receive free morning refreshments and lunch (please indicate if you are staying for the buffet lunch during online registration). 

This program is for all water resource stakeholders, including municipal officials, planners, engineers, watershed managers, regulators, and property owners. This summit is a forum to bring diverse interests together to learn from one another and to network as we seek to understand each other's roles in this living watershed.

Registrations are required by Tuesday, April 16th, 2019. Registration is available online by clicking on the link below. For questions, or help with registration, contact samantha@gcswcd.com or 518-622-3620 x104.

We hope to see you there!
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Spring in Spruceton Photography Walk

Saturday, May 4, 2019 (8:00am-12:30pm)
West Kill Community Hall Parking Lot (141 Spruceton Road, West Kill, NY)

Join us for a guided photography walk with Francis X. Driscoll along the Westkill Stream in the Spruceton Valley area of Lexington. Fran will show how he has gotten some of his award-winning shots. This will include hands-on instruction, in the field, with camera settings, composition, exposure, depth of field, etc. With emphasis on enjoying and capturing the beauty around us. Participants will meet at the West Kill Community Hall to carpool to the location, as parking space is limited at the trailhead. The photography walk will wrap up around noon and then carpool back. This is an outdoor event, so attendees should dress for the weather, bring a filled water bottle and snacks, and wear appropriate footwear for walking on a trail. All camera types, including cell phones and tablets, are welcome. In the event of rain or other inclement weather, this event will be postponed until Sunday, May 12th, and registered attendees will be notified by e-mail. This is a Schoharie Watershed Month event.

Registration required by Thursday, May 2nd. Space limited.
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Arresting the Floodwaters: Hold your Ground with Native Plants

Saturday, May 4, 2019 (2:00pm-4:00pm)
Mountain Top Library (6093 Main Street, Tannersville, NY)

We used to say “it rained.” Now we refer to “rain events.” We’ve all seen wet weather cause erosion and flooding. Through a slide presentation and guided walk, author and landscape designer Carolyn Summers will present information on ways to harness wet weather to beautify landscapes, create better wildlife habitat, and prevent erosion. This is a Schoharie Watershed Month event.

Registration required by Thursday, May 2nd. Space limited.
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Birds along the Batavia Kill - a Bird and Nature Discovery Walk

Sunday, May 5, 2019 (7:30am-11:00am)
Windham Path (Route 23, Windham, NY)

Join Larry Federman, president of the Northern Catskills Audubon Society and former Education Coordinator for 3 Audubon sanctuaries, on a bird walk at the Windham Path. On the walk we’ll identify, by sight and sound, the birds that call this important habitat home, as well as look for late migrants passing through to their northern breeding territories. We’ll also talk about critters and plants that we encounter on the walk. Bring binoculars and water, and wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear (no flip-flops please). This is a Schoharie Watershed Month event.

Registration required by Thursday, May 2nd. Space limited.
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Planting Hope: The Work of the CCC in the Catskills

Thursday, May 9, 2019 (6:30pm-7:30pm)
Windham Civic Center (5379 Main Street, Windham, NY)

Join Diane Galusha, author of several books of regional history and president of the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown, for an illustrated talk of the New Deal's Civilian Conservation Corps. The CCC was created in 1933 by an Executive Order signed by newly-elected President Franklin D. Roosevelt. A federally-sponsored program for unemployed men from 17 to 25 years of age, its aim was to assist Depression-stricken families and at the same time conduct conservation projects to reverse decades of environmental degradation, improve public lands and develop parks, trails and campgrounds for public enjoyment. This talk is based on Galusha's book, Another Day, Another Dollar: The Civilian Conservation Corps in the Catskills, which was published in 2008 by Black Dome Press, formerly of Hensonville. The book features a Forward by noted environmental writer, scholar and activist Bill McKibben. Copies will be available for purchase. This is a Schoharie Watershed Month event.

Registration required by Wednesday, May 8th. Space limited.
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Becoming a Citizen Scientist with iNaturalist

Saturday, May 11, 2019 (10:00am-12:00pm)
Mountain Top Arboretum (4 Maude Adams Road, Tannersville, NY)

Observations submitted by citizen scientists are playing an increasingly important role in tracking changes in species distributions and the overall biodiversity of our planet. If you already enjoy exploring the natural world or are looking for a new way to engage with it, then participating in the citizen scientist project iNaturalist may be for you. Join amateur naturalist and citizen scientist Xander Prince to learn how to use the iNaturalist mobile app to document your observations of flora and fauna. The workshop will begin with an overview of best practices and tips when using the iNaturalist app and website. Dan Snider will present on invasive plant species that are the greatest threat to the watershed and are found close to the Arboretum. Then we will move outside to explore and document the diverse plant and animal life at the Arboretum and load photos to iNaturalist. This is a Schoharie Watershed Month event.

Registration not required. Call 518-589-3903 or visit the Mountain Top Arboretum events page for more information.

Glacial Geology of the Schoharie Creek Valley

Saturday, May 11, 2019 (1:00pm-4:00pm)
Zadock Pratt Museum (14540 Main Street, Prattsville, NY)

Lecture from 1:00pm-2:00pm: Join Robert and Johanna Titus for a lecture on the glacial geology of the Schoharie Creek Valley. During the middle of the Ice Age, there was an advance of the ice that flooded the Schoharie Creek Valley. One mass of ice invaded from the east through Kaaterskill Clove, the other through Middleburgh. When all this ice melted away, a host of ice age landscape features were left behind.
(Optional) Pratt Rock Hike from 2:15pm-4:00pm: Our hike up nearby Pratt Rock will allow us to see typical ice age features of the glaciation of the Schoharie Creek Valley. The ledge at the top of Pratt Rock has been planed off and striated by the passage of the ice. The valley below was once the floor of Glacial Lake Grand Gorge. Following the lecture at the Zadock Pratt Museum, hike participants will carpool to Pratt Rock. The hike is limited to 15 registered attendees. In the event of rain or other inclement weather, the hike will be postponed until Saturday, May 18th.

This is a Schoharie Watershed Month event.

Registration required by Thursday, May 9th. Space limited. Registration includes option to sign-up for hike (this will be unavailable if hike has reached capacity).
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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Primer: What's Happening with Hemlocks in New York?

Saturday, May 18, 2019 (10:00am-12:00pm)
Mountain Top Arboretum (4 Maude Adams Road, Tannersville, NY)

The hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is an invasive forest pest that threatens native eastern hemlock, a common tree species throughout New York and at the Arboretum. Hemlocks are a foundation species that create unique habitats and provide several ecosystem services including protecting clean water resources. The New York State Hemlock Initiative (NYSHI) integrates research, management, and outreach to address the growing threat of HWA in the state. NYSHI Education and Outreach Technician Charlotte Malmborg will share the importance of conserving hemlocks, the damage HWA is causing in our forests, and the management and community science efforts being employed to slow the spread of HWA in New York. We will finish the event by taking a short walk to the Arboretum's hemlock stand to scout for woolly adelgid.This is a Schoharie Watershed Month event.

Registration not required. Call 518-589-3903 or visit the Mountain Top Arboretum events page for more information.
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