We held our annual Old Growth Hike field trip this past Saturday, September 15th in Osceola, NY. The trip drew in a total of 14 participants of all ages and backgrounds. Father and son, Art and Art Keller were so excited to have found a group to help them both explore new hiking areas in Tug Hill, together.
The hike was led by THTLT board member, Robert McNamara, who guided everyone through detached Forest Preserve lands, late successional forests, and along beautiful beaver flows (pictured at left). A giant white pine tree that had just been taken down by beavers was right in our path. Art’s face really lit up when he saw that beautiful work of nature (pictured below)! McNamara did an excellent job explaining the work beavers do. He also pointed out different species of trees and plants, and even searched for salamanders along the way.
The response was extremely positive, with several participants already asking about the next few field trips! We will be hosting a forestry field trip along the Independence River in the town of Greig on Saturday, October 6th, and a family fun bike ride along the Black River Canal in Boonville on Saturday, October 20th.