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National Trails Day Cleanup

Join other volunteers as well as Sunrise Rotary at Wilcox Dock to get the area ready for the summer.

Location: 
Wilcox Dock, Plattsburgh, NY
Date: 
Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Cost: 
$0.00
Registration: 

Invasive Species of Saranac River Trail

New York Invasive Species Awareness Week is July 9-15, why not finish out that week with Zach Simek of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program and Saranac River Trail? 

Zach will point out the plants and insects to be on the lookout for while you're enjoying the trail. He will let you know the problems these species pose to our area and show us what we can do to help! 

Zachary Simek is the Terrestrial Invasive Species Project Coordinator for the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP). In his role, he coordinates terrestrial invasive species surveying, management, and outreach efforts across the Adirondack Park. He is a 2013 graduate of Paul Smith’s College and currently resides in Lake Placid where he enjoys hiking, fishing, and all things outdoors.

Date: 
Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Cost: 
$0.00
Registration: 

Edible and Medicinal Plants of Saranac River Trail

This trek is back by request! Please meet by the large Saranac River Trail sign on George Angell Drive. 

This walk will introduce participants to numerous wild edible and medicinal plants found throughout the Champlain Valley. Topics will include developing plant identification skills, as well as sustainable harvesting and preparation techniques.

Dr. Michael B. Burgess is an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at SUNY Plattsburgh, where he teaches botany courses and is the Director of the PLAT herbarium and SUNYPlattsburgh greenhouse. His research focuses on the systematics and evolution of Amelanchier, floristics of northeastern North America, and wild edible and medicinal plants.

Location: 
George Angell Drive, Plattsburgh NY
Date: 
Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Registration: 

Water Pollution Control Plant Trek

One of our most popular treks is back again this year! Jon Ruff will be hosting this tour and telling you all about the ways in which the Water Pollution Control Plant purifies our city's wastewater to keep Lake Champlain clean. 

Come join us and find out how the plant works, the processes the wastewater goes through. Ask questions! Find out what your role is in keeping Lake Champlain clean! 

There are some small flights of stairs involved in this tour so please plan accordingly.

Location: 
53 Green Street, Plattsburgh, NY
Date: 
Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Cost: 
$0.00
Registration: 

Birds of Saranac River Trail

Are you interested in learning about the birds of Saranac River Trail? Whether you are new to birdwatching or you are a pro, this is a great opportunity to learn more and meet others who have similar interests. Bring your binoculars and enjoy seeing the many returning migrants and year-round residents.

Dr. Michael B. Burgess is an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at SUNY Plattsburgh, where he teaches botany courses and is the Director of the PLAT herbarium and SUNY Plattsburgh greenhouse. His research focuses on the systematics and evolution of Amelanchier, floristics of northeastern North America, and wild edible and medicinal plants.

Please meet at the Saranac River Trail Sign on George Angell Drive

Date: 
Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Cost: 
$0.00
Registration: 

Saranac River Trail and Greenway: Moving Forward with New Detail Documents

New documents with lots of maps and details! Exciting things are happening in the world of Saranac River Trail. Details about Phase 2 of Saranac River Trail and Blue Trails extension of Saranac River Trail Greenway. Even more exciting, funding for Phase 3 of Saranac River Trail has been approved (see separate article), so we'll have even more Saranac River Trail!

Final Design Report for Phase 2 of Saranac River Trail

Connect Plattsburgh City Hall/ MacDonough Park, NYSEG Site and Stafford Middle School to the existing Saranac River Trail (SRT) and surrounding trail systems via new multi-use paths and improving on-street pedestrian and bicycle accommodations as outlined by the City of Plattsburgh in their August 15, 2013 Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP) application.

Download Document Here

Saranac River Trail Greenway -- Blue Trails Extension: Conditions Report

The trail will extend from the current westward terminus at George Angell Drive in the City of Plattsburgh to a point approximately 2.15 miles to the west at Reeves Lane in the Town of Plattsburgh. This section of the trail is ready for advancement since it will be constructed on public sector property, extending through the Plattsburgh City School District High School property, the SUNY Plattsburgh Field House and sports complex and westward across City of Plattsburgh property to Reeves Lane. With the views of the river and especially the imperial dam, there is a desire to keep the trail near river.

Clinton County (County) has received Regional Waterfront Program Key Project funds to design the next segment of the Saranac River Trail Greenway in the City and Town of Plattsburgh.This project is supported by funding from the Environmental Protection Fund through the New York State Department of State (DOS) Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. 

Photo Trek: Spring 2017

Join Penny Clute, Ron Nolland, and other photographers to capture spring on the Saranac River. 

Location: 
Meet on Steltzer Ave. at Riverside Cemetery
Date: 
Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Registration: 

Photos from Nature Trek

Check out some pictures from last Saturday's Nature Trek. We hope to see you all join us next Saturday for our Photo Trek!

Invasive Species along the Saranac River Trail

Zachary Simek from Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program showing spotted knapweed (an invasive species) to the Nature Trek for Friends of Saranac River Trail on August 15, 2015.

Saranac River Trail App 2.1

The free Saranac River Trail app 2.1 is now on the App Store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saranac-river-trail/id641660847?ls=1&mt=8. This version adds the Kent-DeLord House War of 1812 Bike Trail as well as a few bug fixes. The previous version (2.0) added social media interfaces so that users can share items via Facebook, Twitter, messages, and email.

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