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Moonbeams Preserve- Trail Maintenance!!

  • Sep 28, 2013 · 9:00 AM

New Update!! As so many people are allergic to P-ivy (including me), our host has agreed for us to work on the other side of the road which is P-ivy free. There will be another group working there too. I hope this will encourage more to join us, and for those that are wary to be more comfortable in joining us. Please consider joining us to give back to the trails..... :-) I will still bring the P-ivy stuff just in case!!! :-)

Here comes something very cool, we will be doing trail maintenance and helping to create a new walkway on an old railroad bed in the Moonbeams Preserve in Bloomingburg. I checked out the site today and it looks like a good place to put a nature walk. The old railbed is raised at the far (1/2 mile from the cars) end where an old trestle used to cross a great little creek (cool crayfish things!!). The stone remains of the trestle base are still there and lots of old railroad ties.

We will be removing weeds either by pulling them up or digging them up. We will also remove fallen sticks and stuff. They will provide tools but we should bring our own gloves, water, snacks. They may provide snacks too. There is poison ivy so if you are allergic this may not be for you, or wear long pants/boots and use the p-ivy stuff Tecnu or Ivy Block, both of which I will bring.

For more info on the preserve check out

This is just this side of the mountain that goes over to Wurtsboro, roughly 15 minutes from Middletown off Rt. 17. No Meetup fee for this. We will dine afterwards as usual, probably at the Quickway Diner or in Middletown. :-)

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  • Sheryl
    Here's the link to the Orange Count Land Trust Facebook page, cool!!!

    October 5, 2013

  • Susy

    It was a great feeling to know that by using a little elbow grease we can give back to nature by making the trails a little safer and easier to navigate. Thank you Sheryl! :)

    September 29, 2013

  • Sheryl

    This was a very cool day, surrounded by nature and people who want to give back to the wonderful places that give us so much pleasure. We had a great group, good tasks and fun doing it. We ended the day with a yummy meal at the Quickway Diner. It was too bad that we were not hungry (NOT!!), most plates were clean at the end. Thank you friends for helping make some really nice new places for others to enjoy. Thanks Brooks for bringing your chainsaw, it was pretty necessary!! Yeah to all!!!

    September 28, 2013

  • June A.

    Excellent to be part of a project that so many others will come to enjoy. Thanks for making OCOS a part of it, Sheryl!

    September 28, 2013

  • Brooks

    It was great to help give back what so many have done for us. Thanks for creating this opportunity Sheryl!

    September 28, 2013

  • Cindy S.

    Sorry Sheryl, I thought I could make it and now I have to work. See you next time.

    September 27, 2013

  • Sheryl

    Here's the reminder stuff from our host:
    When: Saturday, September 28th. 9 am-12 pm

    Where: Moonbeams Preserve (219 Prosperous Valley Road, Middletown, NY)

    Meeting place: Parking area

    What to bring: Work gloves, water bottle, bug spray

    What to wear: Long pants, sneakers. If it’s cool outside, a long-sleeve shirt might be a good idea. Optional items that volunteers can bring: Loppers, chainsaw

    September 27, 2013

    • June A.

      If anyone has multiples of lawn/woods care, i.e., extra loppers, clippers, etc., I'm happy to use them. Gave away lots of that stuff when I moved from a house. I think I have a crappy pair of clippers left... :) Thanks!

      September 27, 2013

  • Les

    i will not be able to make it.

    September 27, 2013

  • Linda

    I'm going to try to make it. I have a late dance lesson Fri. night. Sheryl can you send me your phone #. Thanks.

    September 27, 2013

  • Tom

    If You know what poison ivy looks like and don't touch it with your bare hand or skin you should be ok. I can show You what it looks like.

    September 25, 2013


    I don't like poison ivy but it likes me..Have fun

    September 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry i cant make this outing as I will be traveling.

    September 23, 2013

  • Roberta T.

    I am SO allergic to pi. Is there something else I can do to help out?

    September 22, 2013

  • Deborah S.

    Sorry have to cancel, work

    September 11, 2013

  • Deborah S.

    I am allergic later in life, got it on arms doing trail work in 2011 but 90 degree weather and huge clearing. I'll try your Technu or p-ivy block you have Sheryl.

    August 26, 2013

  • Louise Leclerc M.

    Decided not to take a chance on getting poison ivy.

    August 5, 2013

  • Louise Leclerc M.

    Since I am HIGHLY sensitive to poison ivy I may have to change my RSVP. It will depend on the weather, if it is not to hot then I will wear long pants and sleeves.

    July 20, 2013

  • Les

    Ha Ha

    July 18, 2013

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    July 18, 2013

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