Thank you, Volunteer Vacationers!   

This fall’s team of 13 folks from around the country surpassed what we hoped they could accomplish and cleared the entire new Wildway Connector Trail, the link between Split Rock Wild Forest and CATS’ Wildway Passage Preserve—a distance of almost 2 miles!

Because of their efforts, we’ll be opening this trail to the public faster than expected, probably in the next month or so.

So, thank you, Dean, Elizabeth, Geralyn, Janet, Margie, Michael, Robert, Terry, Roberta, Amanda, Robyn, Zhuyun and Kae—come back soon!



The Farm-to-Fest Hike was a big success!

Over 90 people of all ages joined the hike from DaCy Meadow Farm to the Adirondack Harvest Festival at the Essex County Fairgrounds. We had fabulous weather and had finished the hike just as it started to get warm.

Spirits were high—we heard over and over again just how much fun it was. Yes, it was, wasn’t it?


Thank you to all who came out and made this second annual event a success!   



You did it—the Get Out of the Mud! Campaign surpasses goal!

Bobcat Trail is one of CATS most popular trails. Everyone loves the easy path through the meadow and woods with cool views of beaver ponds. Unfortunately, with the frequent use and all the recent rains, the parking area had become a muddy mess. We needed $3,000 to create a firm parking area surface (no more ankle-deep mud!), install a split-rail fence on three sides and relocate the registration box.

So, we tried something new to raise the funds: a crowdfunding program through Adirondack Gives, part of the Adirondack Foundation. We had already received $1,500 from the Essex Community Fund for the project in memory of the late Bruce Kink and Baird Voorhis, leaving CATS with $1,500 to go.

And CATS supporters came through! 

At the campaign’s end, $1,840 had been raised—that’s $340 over the goal!

Thank you so much to all who contributed. We are starting the renovations immediately and all should be complete over the next few weeks. We’ll post photos as the work progresses, so watch this space!


 A note from our partners at the Long Pond Conservancy:

We need your help!

We now have a signed “Option to Purchase” rather than simply a verbal commitment to purchase the 49-acre west-shore Long Pond property from the 1812 Homestead and protect it from the development that will likely happen if we aren’t successful.

And, in what would be a serendipitous arrangement, the funds that the 1812 Homestead receives from this transaction will go to rebuild the buildings destroyed in last year’s tragic fire.

So, your donation to the Long Pond Conservancy not only helps save important land but also supports a living history museum and its educational programs. That is a win/win!

Simply put, we need to raise $150,000 to make it happen. Click here for the details on the project and to see how you can help. And thanks!


In other CATS news….

Did you hear Brian Mann’s piece on the Coon Mountain Trail on North Country Public Radio? Listen here.

A recent article from the SUN TIMES:   How Everyone can Benefit from Trails

A special thank you to all our Sponsors!  Please support our local businesses.

CHAMPLAIN AREA TRAILS’ MISSION is to create a network of hiking/skiing trails in New York’s Champlain Valley that link communities, connect people to nature, and promote economic vitality; and as an accredited land trust, to protect habitat, farmland, clean water, and scenic vistas.


CATS is one of just a few hundred land trusts that has been awarded accreditation. Accredited land trusts are authorized to display this seal, indicating that they meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent. The seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation that we are proud to display.


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