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Take a winter hike at Fuller Mountain

February 6th, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Orange County Land Trust will lead a winter hike- either on foot or snowshoe, depending on snow coverage- on Saturday, February 9 beginning at 10 am at Fuller Mountain Preserve, the Land Trust’s 255-acre nature preserve off Bowen Road in the Town of Warwick.

Winter view at Fuller Mountain Preserve, Warwick by Nick Zungoli.

Winter view at Fuller Mountain Preserve, Warwick by Nick Zungoli.

Led by Chris Kenyon, Orange County Land Trust’s director of conservation and stewardship, this moderate 1 ¾ mile trek will wind through a magnificent wooded ravine to fantastic vistas overlooking the Warwick Valley. This hike will include the identification of winter wildlife tracks, demonstration of a winter survival shelter, and other knowledge and skills essential for surviving unexpected weather while hiking in winter. Along the way, hikers will be able to view the cairns, or stacked stone sculptures, placed on the preserve by local naturalists and artists. Several of these cairns are cantilevered and built into other natural formations, and some are up to six feet in height. These unique sculptures of balanced, native stone found at the preserve, create a beautiful, natural and artful landscape.

Participants are encouraged to bring plenty of water, and dress appropriately for the weather, including waterproof gloves.

Registration for this event is greatly appreciated by calling the Land Trust at (845) 469-0951, x12 or e-mailing info@oclt.org. A donation of $5 per person or $10 per family is suggested, with all proceeds benefitting the stewardship of the Land Trust’s conserved lands. Cancellation will be recorded the morning of the event at (845) 469.0951, x12.

Fuller Mountain Preserve is owned and managed by the Orange County Land Trust and will remain a protected habitat for wildlife, accessible to the public for passive recreation and nature study. The Land Trust manages ten other nature preserves in Orange County, seven of which are accessible to the public and open, free of charge, everyday from dawn to dusk. Several, like Fuller Mountain Preserve, have trailside kiosks with information on the flora and fauna found on the preserve, as well as trail maps.

Since 1993, the Orange County Land Trust has helped protect 4,500 acres of land, including twelve working farms. For more information, volunteer opportunities and ways of giving, please visit www.oclt.org or call (845) 469-0951.

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