Help clear and blaze trails

The Garrison Union Free School will hold Trail Blazing Day in the Garrison School Forest on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 10 a.m. The rain date will be Sunday, Nov. 2, at noon.

Students, parents and community volunteers will mark five trails within the School Forest by installing metal trail blazes designed by students who were members of the Garrison School’s 2012 seventh- and eight-grade green team. Trail teams will also clear the trails of brush and debris.

Individuals interested in joining the trailblazing effort should bring a hammer, work gloves, water, long-handled lopping shears and a pruning saw; wear light-colored clothing; and meet in the upper parking lot at the Garrison School. The school is located at 1100 Route 9D in Garrison. Trail teams will drive from the school to parking near each trailhead.

The Garrison School Forest comprises 181 wooded acres, located in the center of the rough square formed by Route 9D on the west, Snake Hill Road on the north, Route 9 on the east and Route 403 on the south. Beginning in 1956, the land comprising the School Forest was given to the Garrison School by members of the Sloan, Osborn and Gunther families. The forest is a living laboratory for Garrison School students.

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