Taconic Hiking Club Trail Volunteers - Thank You!
Many thanks to all of the dedicated volunteers that contribute so much of their time and energy to keep the Taconic Crest Trail clear for all hikers!
In 2018, volunteers logged 534 hours of trail work. It was an especially tough year for scheduling trail work: winter and snow hung on until late April, there was excessive heat in the summer and then the snow arrived in early November! That didn’t stop some of us, a few of us were out when snow was still on the trail in April and another group was working while it was sleeting in November. Generally we look for warmer, drier weather!
We look forward to another active year in 2019!
If you would like to volunteer to be a trail steward or to do trail work contact David Pisaneschi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trail Work Volunteers - work reports
Many thanks to our numerous trail work volunteers! You make hiking the TCT a safer, more pleasant experience! The club keeps track of trail work you perform and reports this information to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
If you are a trail steward, please email your trail work summary to David Pisaneschi at email@example.com.
Please include the: 1) date of the work, 2) section of trail and 3) number of person hours worked. If you lead a group, include the names or number of people in the work group. If further action is needed for the trail, be sure to include that in the email so that we can follow up on it.
If you only do trail work once in a season, please send the email report soon afterwards. If you go out a number of times in a season, you can send one report that includes the pertinent information. Thank you!
If you have never volunteered and would like to get involved contact Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org or Martha at email@example.com.
Chain Saw Policy - January 2015
Taconic Hiking Club (THC) volunteers may not use chain saws during TCT trail maintenance.
Only authorized paid professionals employed by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will conduct chain saw operations on the TCT.
The THC Board has voted unanimously on this decision after a review of the following:
the DEC chain saw certification requirements for volunteers,
the various chain saw safety courses available, and
the inherent risks associated with chain saw use, including a recent trail work volunteer fatality in the Finger Lakes area.
Neither the Club nor the Board of Governors have the financial resources to cover the potential costs and the financial liability related to chain saw use.
If THC members are unable to remove blowdown with hand tools, they should inform the Trails Committee chair of the location and size of the fallen tree(s). The club will pass this information to our contacts at either DEC or DCR.