Are you signing in each time you visit a preserve? We hope so–this information if very useful to MHLC! Traditionally, registration boxes in the backcountry have been used as a way to ensure safety. By providing your name and number, forest rangers are able to make a recovery if anything happens. Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy also has registration boxes, but they are not necessarily used in the traditional sense. Our registration boxes serve as a gauge of how often our preserves are used and are also a great way to provide feedback on the trail’s condition – if a tree is down, or if other stewardship is needed. MHLC Preserve Stewards collect completed sign-in sheets and bring them back to our Stewardship staff who then review the sheets and respond to trail comments. Therefore, we encourage you to sign-in each time you visit a preserve and to provide comments on your experience.
This fall, MHLC is installing new roadside signs to guide visitors to preserves. The signs will make our preserves more identifiable and easier for the public to access. New signs have already been installed at Bozen Kill, Wolf Creek Falls, Winn, Mosher Marsh, and Schoharie Creek Preserves. As installation continues through September and October, please beware of drilled holes near preserve entrances.
This capital improvement project was funded through the New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) and New York State’s Environmental Protection Fund. (The NYSCPP is administered by the Land Trust Alliance, in coordination with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.)