We are making progress
This year Morgan Duke Conservation Society has seen progress in the Hudson River Special Management Area.
Hudson River Special Management Area:
This year Morgan Duke Conservation Society has seen progress in the Hudson River Special Management Area. We found there was not too much litter along the dirt roads and on the trails – this is great news! Morgan Duke Conservation Society will work on outreach by educating the public to carry in and carry out anything they bring with them into the Bear Slides. We know there are long trails to the Bear Slides but it is important to carry out everything you bring with you – leaving litter can harm the environment and marine wildlife in the water.
We would also like to remind visitors who visit the Hudson River Special Management Area to please not dig up the roads or spin their tires while going into the Hudson River Special Management Area. When cars dig up the road, it disturbs the dirt and mud with their tires and causes mud to wash down the bank and turn the Hudson River brown. This can even cost tax payers more money to fix the roads.
Vernooy Kill State Forest:
When we came to Vernooy Kill State Forest in May, we walked on a trail to the shooting area and came across a big mess. Piles of garbage had been piled up over a few years. Our volunteers have worked very hard to clean-up the upper field and have filled more than seven contractor bags with trash. Since then, the upper field has remained clean due to our public outreach and the letters we have written to the editor of the newspaper. Clean-up efforts and outreach are not complete in Vernooy Kill State Forest and we will not stop our efforts in Vernooy Kill State Forest until it is complete.
Peekamoose Blue Hole:
Morgan Duke Conservation Society attended two clean-up days with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and other nonprofit organizations to help clean up garbage at the Peekamoose Blue Hole. Morgan Duke Conservation Society will create flyers and brochures to remind visitors of Peekamoose Blue Hole in 2018 to please keep it clean for all generations and to carry out everything they bring in or to use the dumpsters there.