We are pleased to be part of the Adopt-a-Natural-Resource Stewardship program working in conjunction with the DEC.
We have yearly fund raisers: a 50/50
at our Spring ride and an auction and poker run at our Fall ride that provides funds towards trail work. In 2010 we
started collecting bottles and cans at Brookfield to help pay for porta-potties to avoid the closure of the trails for 2 extra
months of the year.
2014 News Release
A very nice write up has been released for publication by the
DEC. We're awaiting the final printing to link here.
Brookfield Press Release-July 2010
|2009 - Last set of stalls completed
- We have completed an Volunteer Stewardship Program (old:Adopt-A-Natural-Resource)
form to be able to work on a couple trails in the system
- Our recommendations and assistance (along with other
clubs) has assisted in getting some very necessary fixes done over the last few year
- Several covered stalls were added
to the camping area
- Tie rails put around the system at the leantos and ponds
- Entrance widen for trailers
area - stall roofs and footing fixed
- 2016 Activities
Monies donated for gravel for trail repair. Work done by DEC.
· Trail 54 and 55 - repairs are completed; they had to reroute around the large mud hole on 55.
Trail 25 - covered exposed ground fabric and re-graveled around the culvert.
Trail 32 - started repairing this trail but due to bad weather and deer season were unable to finish
Day - April 26. 30 volunteers; over 200 hours of effort pictures
Our focus was on the camping area, adding item 4 gravel footing in stalls and in low spots in the area. Removing dead trees and general cleanup.
On Feb. 14th
the Trail Preservation Committee Chair of the New
York Plantation Walking Horse Club (NYSPWHC) received information from the DEC in Sherburne that due to lack of funding
for portable toilets they we closing the Camping Area and Assembly Area, but leaving the trails open, by three months
(May, Sept and Oct). We immediately started working on how to keep these area open for camping and day riding parking.
After many phone conversations, e-mails and meetings, it was decided that we
would contact other clubs and horse groups to help us find the monies for this purpose and also for trail repair and maintenance.
Everyone has been wonderfully supportive: Twin Tiers Trail Riders have agreed to pay for two units for the month of May,
these units were installed on May 2nd. We have also received donations from a number of individuals who use and
love this system, any excess monies will be used for the trails. Though our Adopt-A-Natural Resource Agreement, we will
be checking all trails and bridges and making notes for the DEC on what needs to be done to keep these trails open and safe.
They will choose which projects are feasible with labor and finances.
We believe that if all horse people don't be proactive about all our trails, over time we will lose them. We should not
sit back and let this happen. The days of entitlement are over and it is up to us to step up and work for keeping all trails
open for any recreation. We need all the help we can get.
Work Photo Gallery
|Tuller Hill Kiosk (5/2012)
|Tuller Hill Equestrian Trail Map
3 volunteers took and passed
the required Chain Saw certification course6 volunteers obtained or renewed
their CPR to fulfill the requirement of having at least one qualified person at a work session4 work days were held with a total of 96 work hours completed.A
GPS map was redone showing what has been completed and what needs to be completedContractor obtained for creating the trailheadAwarded a
portion of the NYSHC coordinated Trail Improvement Grant to create a trailhead
Tuller Hill is a DEC Region 7 State
Forest in the Town of Virgil, containing a trail system of approximately 13 miles, approved for equestrians and hiking. The
trails have not been maintained for several years, and were difficult to impassable.
NYSPWHC volunteers and friends undertook trail cleanup starting in May 2007 using the DEC's Adopt-a-Natural
Resource Stewardship Program. Under this program, we signed a contract with DEC to perform stated volunter maintenance to
the DEC resource (Tuller Hill Site #10).
work day of the season was postponed due to snow, so first workday was May 11.
blow down on The lower blue trails. Got 1/2 cleared and realized the rest would take days. Awaiting DEC's decision
on re-route or calling in loggers.
work day of the season held May 12. Moved and tamped down club purchased gravel at the new kisok provided by the DEC.
in a culvert on B1, again a lot of gravel transported in.
- Several people came to work on the above
activities and walking or 4-wheeling the trails to open from the winter debris.
First work day of the season held May 14. 15 people
cleared several trails of winter debris
permission to use ski trails on Site #9 of Tuller Hill increasing trails to 25 miles
- Culvert put in
by Town of Virgil for access to Site #9 from parking area
- May 15, first work day, a few people covered all
red trails clearing winter downage and opened the new access trail to Site #10
- June 26 we had six
people working 3.5 hours and cleared the middle section of B1 trail - that trail is now completely done
tie rail has been added to the parking area
- July 17 - B6 trail was completed - all trails are now open and
marked. The area around the tie rail was also cleared. We had a great turn-out of workers.
21 -Started work assisting snowmobile steward on Lot 9
ActivitiesMaintained trails cleared the last few yearsCleared a few new trails
- red & yellow done; blue has a couple major clearing jobs scheduled for 2010 First work day of the season
yielded the most number of workers yet - including several non-horse people Additional funding
received to do a significant wet-area rework - completed 9/2009DEC provided new map and trail designation
New trail marking system put in place and trails remarked DEC put up
a mailbox in the parking area for maps Temporary parking sign made by us
head parking completed in July Work days held as weather permitted, about 1/2 way through trail
system clearing, still have to do marking New small trail from trail head to creek and system completed
meetings with DEC and the Town of Virgil to discuss Adopt-A-Resource activities
plans and completed appropriate forms
request for a grant from the NYSHC to provide a trailhead
2014 We are donating funds along with
the Twin Tiers Trail Riders to have additional stalls built in the fire tower location.
10 additional stalls were added
2015 - Installed head dividers and metal covers for front bar
protection in the 10 stalls built in 2014.
- In the Fall of 2008 we allocated funds to provide
some badly needed wheel barrels to the system.
- The wheel barrels were donated on June
6 at our Spring ride which was also National Trail day.
- Fred Monk, DEC, attended the dinner
Saturday evening and accepted the donation of six wheelbarrels.
15 qnd 2016 - Funds allocated to the "Friends of Otter Creek" for trail improvements.
Photos - Otter Creek Donation
Elissa Sawyer, Chair; Nancy Avery; Wayne & Kate
Eastman; Steve Bill; Ken Carrier; Walt Farnholz
Volunteers are any member of the club willing and able to
donate time to the trail clearing.