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A Kiosk for High Mountain

It wasn't easy, jack-hammering four 20-inch-deep holes into solid basalt, then assembling a very complicated kiosk with a half-baked set of instructions.

But a bunch of Nature Conservancy folks with a big assist from the New York New Jersey Trail Conference got the job done over two long hot days.

(A few shots of the project in progress are below, in no particular order.)

A huge thank you to Scott Sherwood, Damon Noe, Adrianna Zito-Livingston, Jennifer Wells and Ryan Smith of TNC and Chris Connolly and Alec Malyon of NYNJTC!

The Nature Conservancy provided the map and informational display for the kiosk, and it looks great. At the Red Trail Entrance by William Paterson University.

(Thanks to all!)

  DSCN1895                    Among the heavy-lifters (l. to r.):  Scott Sherwood, Alec Malyon, Chris Connolly, Ryan Smith and Jennifer Wells.



A Hike to the Summit of High Mountain

Earlier this week, I did a quick trek to the summit of High Mountain from Reservoir Drive via the Red Trail and Yellow Trail.

(If you hustle,  you can make the steep hike to the summit in half an hour.)

The leaves were just starting to change, and hickory nuts and acorns were everywhere -- a paradise for squirrels and chipmunks.

Just bring plenty of water because it is a workout, wear hiking boots because it's rocky, and bring a cellphone in case you get lost.


Cool National Article on High Mt. Bats

The Nature Conservancy's Cool Green Science Blog has a great new article about the rare bats in the High Mountain Park Preserve and the efforts by William Paterson University Professor Lance Risley and his students to find out more about them and the other  species of bats found there.

I was on hand for some the research -- it was pretty nifty.

The article by Lisa Feldkamp is a great read, and I love the headline, too:

Threatened Bats Find a
Slice of Paradise in New Jersey

High Mountain, slice of paradise. What's not to love?

The link is here.