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Follow the Forest Day
Saturday, April 1, 10am - 2pm

Sky High Adventure Community Center

27 Lake Avenue
Averill Park, New York 12018

This is a free event, but pre-registration is required. 

To register, click on the link below. 

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Weather Update: This event will occur rain or shine. We are watching the forecast for Saturday, and in the case of inclement weather, all training will take place indoors at Sky High Adventure Community Center. Please contact Kim at kim@rensselaerplateau.org with questions. 

About this event
You are invited to join us for a unique opportunity to learn about - and participate in - Follow the Forest, an ambitious conservation initiative that aims to protect a wildlife corridor extending from the Hudson Valley to Canada. Follow the Forest is a big idea that brings together conservation partners in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont at an unprecedented scale. 

We will learn about Follow the Forest's easy-to-use tool for assessing wildlife linkages, potential areas where wildlife may be moving between areas of core forest. We will break into small groups to drive out to pre-selected locations on the Rensselaer Plateau, where participants and group leaders will conduct roadside linkage assessments before returning to the SHAC Center for an optional debrief / Q&A session.

The event on April 1 will consist of 3 parts:
 

  • 10am - 11:30am: Training session at Sky High Adventure Community Center (SHAC), led by Julia Rogers of Housatonic Valley Association (indoors)

  • 11:30am - 1pm: Small groups go out to conduct roadside wildlife linkage assessments at locations across the Plateau (outdoors)

  • 1pm - 2pm: Return to SHAC; optional debrief / Q&A session / late lunch (indoors) for those who would like to stay. You are invited to pack a lunch if you plan to stay for the debrief session.

What to expect & what to bring

This event will include an indoor training session, followed by linkage assessments at road crossing locations on the Rensselaer Plateau. Bring plenty of water and snacks. Dress in appropriate layers for the weather conditions and be sure to wear appropriate footwear. Blaze orange vests will be available, but please bring your own high-visibility vests or other clothing items if possible. You are invited to bring a lunch if you plan to stay for the optional debrief / Q&A session at the end of the day. 

Month-long linkage assessment blitz

Following the event on April 1, volunteers are invited to put their training into practice and conduct additional linkage assessments on their own throughout the month of April. (Stay tuned for details.)

Questions

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Kim at kim@rensselaerplateau.org.

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