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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 1:02 pm    Post subject: Y1 Reply with quote

There are 2 blow downs on Y1, before and after the field. I can work on them.

John
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 11:11 am    Post subject: Trail Day at HH Reply with quote

The annual autumn trail clean up day at Hammond Hill will be Sunday Oct 14th probably in the morning. Details to follow!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 12:20 pm    Post subject: more trees ? Reply with quote

Hey Mike,

There are two trees down that we cannot get by easily ...

One is on the yellow trail just up from Star Stanton by the hay fields (quite
close to the road) and the other is on the orange trail along the long
stretch that runs parallel to Canaan Road.

There are also several trees
down on the intersection of the blue and yellow trails up from the Hammond
Hill carpark.

See you Oct 14th. Tracy
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 2:59 pm    Post subject: HH truck trail maintenance Reply with quote

DEC is doing some mowing and other work on the truck trails ... here is a message from John Clancy ...

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Hi everyone. Hope all of you are getting a chance to enjoy this wonderful weather Smile

Just wanted to let you know that DEC crews are doing some routine maintenance work on the Hammond Hill State Forest for public safety purposes. Scheduled activities include ditch and culvert cleaning, mowing to improve visibility (6 to 8 feet of the shoulder), and replacement of one culvert to improve cross drainage across Canaan Road.

Please feel free to pass this message on - and, as always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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John M. Clancy
B.S., M.B.A.
Senior Forester, Region 7
NYS DEC Division of Lands and Forests
Public Land Services
1285 Fisher Ave.
Cortland, New York 13045
(607) 753-3095 or 800-388-8244 ext. 258
FAX: (607) 753-8532
Email: jmclancy@gw.dec.state.ny.us

- visit the DEC Web Site at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/
- DEC Division of Lands and Forests Web Site at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/650.html
- DEC Region 7 Web Site at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/615.html#Region

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 7:01 pm    Post subject: Trail work day October 14th, Sunday. Starting about 9 am Reply with quote

Trail work day October 14th, Sunday. Starting about 9 am, meet at Ann and Charlie Leonard's house. Driveway on the left at the top of the first little hill on Hammond Hill Road, just before you reach the municipal parking lot by the kiosk. Write Ann at redflea210@frontiernet.net, if you need better directions.

When you come in, PLEASE sign the AANR form so you have insurance coverage through NYS Adopt A Natural Resource. There will be maps dividing up the work load into team areas, showing places where trees are down and other spots that need a little tlc.

I'll call around to price and order as much 9/16ths finely crushed stone as the HH friends' 200+ dollars will buy, and check with Jack Bush to make sure it's ok to drop it in the corner of the parking lot.

Equipment:

Remember to bring water (and a snack if you like) for yourself for when you are out on the trail working.

We'll need wheelbarrows, pickaxes or the like, shovels, rakes (the kind you move stone with) hoes, long handled nippers for brush clipping, chainsaws (a couple, with qualified people to run them) japanese pruning saws or bow saws for smaller tree and branch work, weed whips for those as can stand 'em. PLEASE mark your equipment with your name or ribbons or something. We get a lot of tools shared around every year and they too often get mixed up with someone else's.

If the trail is dry enough to handle a tractor, we will use our tractor to move stone, otherwise we'll use wheelbarrows to move gravel onto the trail easement section of Yellow One on the hill where the trail is badly washed out and rocky.

After your team finishes your section or you've personally run short of time or energy, there will be desserts and drinks available at the Leonard's house. If you want to contribute a dessert, please feel free to; don't feel that you must, though. I will make a bunch of things and have it all set out so that when people get done they can check back and check off on the master map what got done and what still needs attention. Always good to relax a bit with food and friends after a bit of hard work!

Thanks everyone! We hope to see you all in a couple weeks.
Ann and Charlie Leonard
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 9:29 am    Post subject: The blow down on the north side of Y1 ... Reply with quote

From John Kilmer:

The blow down on the north side of Y1 ([The old Y1 ... the tractor path ... ed] at the intersection of the tractor road) has been cleared. I planned to get the tree that was further to the north on Y1 and past the field, but the pull cord snapped twice on the saw. My plan is to get back there in next few days to get that tree. I have not walked all of the green trails, but I did get down the dead end road to G2, then up to lower G1 and back to Star Stanton. Those sections seemed clear. Not sure about G3 or the upper half of G1, if they need work let me know. I have work commitments for that weekend (power plants never take a break L), but I’ll be on the trail getting what I can.

On a side note. When clearing a trail it is important to get the big stuff far enough off the trail. Small fast growing brush can hide these dangers. These can be hazards to us and the animals we may bring along. I have attached a drawing from our Friends of Hammond hill agreement that shows the suggested trail size.

Happy trails to you….

John

Attachment: http://canaaninstitute.org/Adopt_a_Trail_DEC.pdf

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2007 8:51 pm    Post subject: follow up Reply with quote

Hi all

Would you please extend a huge Thank You So Much!! to all who pitched in and worked on the Hammond Hill trail network today? We had a terrific turn out despite the dreary conditions and a whole lot of needed trail maintenance was dispatched with vigor by all who came. The trails look great, everyone! Yellow One at the gully looks truly terrific with its new, pounded-down stone dust surface and newly dug trenches alongside. Everyone I spoke to (hikers and bikers) who used it this afternoon were thrilled with the improved trail surface, and a practice run up through with my horse hardly left an impression. I think we finally hit on the magic material. The loaned tamper we were using has already been fixed so I can go back sometime soon and pound down the section we did not get to.

cheers! Ann
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2008 8:58 pm    Post subject: new tree down ... Reply with quote

Oh, there is a humongous tree down on Y4.... near the lookout over Dryden valley or whatever that valley is.... It will require a chainsaw, for sure!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 8:03 pm    Post subject: New obstacles .. Reply with quote

Hey there, everyone!

I rode down the fireroad today and discovered that the Green Trail that
bears to the right off the end of the fire road is blocked by downed
trees. Looks kind of like it did a few years back when spring ice storms
toppled a couple of trees in the same stretch. I turned back rather than
bushwhack through soaking wet muddy woods so I don't know if there are
additional downed trees/obstructions along the rest of the Greens. I do
know that this will probably take a chain saw to clear!

So, can we add this trail to the list for the next work day?

Thanks and happy riding or walking or whatevering up on the Hill!

Suzanne, Amos & Elfine & FosterMorgan
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 10:00 pm    Post subject: thanks to the 'axe men' Reply with quote

Thanks to whoever was hearty enough to clear the two very large downed
trees off the end of Green Trail 3 where it curves in to the 'fire road'
off of Star Stanton Road by Hammond and Beam Hills.

Holy smokes - these were cleared with axes!! The trees were easily 30"
in diameter - I'm way impressed (and grateful since that opens up the
trail again!).

Suzanne, Amos & Elfine & FosterMorgan
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:04 am    Post subject: Tree on Y7 Reply with quote

about 1/2 way -- see http://canaaninstitute.org/bikeskiblog/?p=176
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 10:32 am    Post subject: BIG TRAIL CLEANUP -- Hammond Hill trail work November 16th Reply with quote

BIG TRAIL CLEANUP -- Hammond Hill trail work November 16th 9:00 am starting at the Leonard's home -- This is the announcement for the annual "big trail clean-up" event: a tradition of all the different user groups getting together in anticipation of one of the favorite uses of this multi-use trail system at Hammond Hill Forest: cross country skiing. The wet autumn snow storms often bring a slew of trail litter that needs picking up! Most of the summer trail users (mountain bikers, hikers, runners, dog walkers, horse back riders, etc..) also xc-ski or snow shoe - so this event usually gets a good turnout! Message follows from Jack Rueckheim, president of the Cayuga Nordic Ski Club. FULL STORY HERE ON THE BLOG -- http://canaaninstitute.org/bikeskiblog/?p=202
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 10:46 am    Post subject: XC-SKI Club ANNUAL FALL DINNER MEETING and Potluck Dinner Reply with quote

XC-SKI Club ANNUAL FALL DINNER MEETING and Potluck Dinner -- Friday, November 14th, 6PM, Riley Robb Conference Room (Room 400) Cornell Campus As has long been the custom, the Cayuga Nordic Ski Club will have a dish-to-pass dinner meeting to start the season and to plan for the club events during the coming winter. http://canaaninstitute.org/bikeski/viewtopic.php?p=1118#1118
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:00 am    Post subject: Sunday 11.02.2008 Reply with quote

See http://canaaninstitute.org/bikeskiblog/?p=211

Trail work - We had a great turnout for our mini trail work session! In addiotion to myself: Brenda, Iori, Marilyn, Cindy, Tim, Scott, PJ and later Hank. We covered trail Y7, Y8, most of Y4 and R2.

There is one really big maple tree on R2 on the north side of radio tower hill inthat wet zone. Otherwise all these trails are now clear.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:05 am    Post subject: more info ... Reply with quote

Hi Mike

You probably found it too, but just in case you didn't make it down yellow 1, I thought I would report to the list serve that there is a monster big spruce tree down across the trail between the shale pit and the Ballou place ruins. Some kind trail angel took an ax to the other two trees and cleared them off yellow one this weekend, however.

I noticed a lot of people over the past week have taken it upon themselves to pitch tree debris off trials as they go along, we have been, too. The mess is steadily becoming less so. A lot of trail angels on our hill! =)

Cheers,
Ann

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Ann,
What is "Ballou place ruins" ?
-m



The "Ballou Place" is the ruins on the big bend just as you reach where the gravel work got started this summer. It had three huge lilac bushes until the loggers bulldozed them, they are coming back but each of them used to be big as a house. The trail is Yellow 1. There are a lot of water bars on it. The spruce tree is a fair bit below the intersection where the trail goes either north or east past the shale pit. I'd say half way between the intersection and the big bend by the Ballou place. cheers, Ann

YELLOW DOTS ON MAP FOR BIG TREES REQUIRING CHAINSAW OR MAJOR AXE WORK http://canaaninstitute.org/photos/hammdmap_2008_nov.gif



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