Archive for November 11th, 2008

Author: Mike
• Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Reminder: Deer hunting season in our area with guns know as “regular season” starts Saturday November 15th and ends December 7th. Please; whether you hunt, bike, hike or play: wear flourescent neon colors (like “hunter orange” or “biker yellow”) so we can all see each other. The hunters in our area have an excellent safety record … but (for example) it is just as scary for them to think they hear a deer tromping through the woods only to discover it is a naive hiker wearing brown. So; wear neon! Oh and YES hunting is permitted at Hammond Hill and Shindagin Hollow and generally all similar NYS forests. Deer hunting is not allowed after sunset. Regulations are stricter in areas designated “parks” like Treman or Buttermilk for example. Here is DEC’s web page with hunting dates: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28605.html

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Author: Mike
• Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

I am hosting Tue and Thur night hikes this week. If you are on the email list, please RSVP if you are coming, this helps with car pooling and helps me get psyched to get out there! Thanks. And if you are not on that list, email me if you’d like to join us for an outing sometime!

On Sunday, my neighbor Ann Leonard is hosting the big trail clean up session (see below). If you know of any big logs that require chain saw work, now is the time to let us know. Please be as specific as possible in your descriptive location of obstacles. -m

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Author: Mike
• Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

This is the announcement for the annual “big trail clean-up” event: a long standing tradition of all the different user groups getting together in anticipation of one of the shortest seasonal , but never-the-less most favored, 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.

“The Hammond Hill trails need some work.  The heavy snow has bent lots of tree limbs down across the trails.  A lot of them will spring back up after the snow melts, but some won’t.  There are also fallen trees across some trails.  The trails are pretty much unskiable right now (even though there was 4″ of snow up there yesterday).

We’ll be meeting at the Leonards’ (long driveway to the left just before the HH Rd. parking lot) at 9:00AM Sunday, Nov. 16 to clean it up.  We need lots of help and some tools such as weed whackers, loppers, pruners, and bow saws.

These trails will not get cleared unless we do it.  The DEC is not staffed for this.  Regular trail maintenance like this is done by volunteers only. So, if you can, please set aside some time to help out on Nov.16.” – Jack R

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