Colgate Lake Wild Forest
MORGAN DUKE CONSERVATION SOCIETY
The 1500-acre Colgate Lake Wild Forest features the scenic Colgate Lake in the Catskill Forest Preserve. The lake is a popular spot for fishing, kayaking and primitive camping. The yellow marked Colgate Lake Trail travels just over 4 miles to Dutcher Notch and the Escarpment Trail. The wild forest is surrounded by the Windham Blackhead Range Wilderness Area on three sides.
Colgate Lake Wild Forest Background
Highly visited area especially on holiday weekends.
Draws overflow use from North South Lake Campground Both a local draw as well as a draw for people traveling longer distances.
Sanitation and Trash have been a concern at times
Parking has also been a concern
The Morgan Duke Conservation Society will be getting its Volunteer Stewardship Agreement for Colgate Lake Wild Forest in March. Volunteers can sign up now and be all set to help clean up garbage in the spring.
We will supply volunteers with:
Orange Trash Bags
First Aid Kit
Volunteer Information Packet
About MORGAN DUKE CONSERVATION SOCIETY
PO Box 632, WALDEN, NY 12586, US
Here at Morgan Duke Conservation Society we restore and protect the natural wild forest setting that has been impacted by recreational use and large crowds, we seek to reduce the impacts to these wild forest areas by offering our assistance and to educate the public including those seeking to engage in destructive or illegal activities at these wild forest areas they too can do their part in protecting the wild forest settings so the public can enjoy visiting without impairing the wild forest atmosphere. We provide habitat for species that depend on the young forest through Wildlife Habitat Management-- conducting intensive nest box programs for wildlife including Wood Ducks and Bluebirds and ongoing manipulation of the habitats to maintain Habitat Diversity.
Our founder James Sullivan was camping in the Southeastern Adirondacks in early 2005 or 2006 at a place called Hudson River Special Management Area known as Buttermilk and Hudson River Recreation Area in Lake Luzerne, NY. While there, he saw the impacts the wild forest was facing. People were littering and vandalizing, which included painting on rocks. Seeing all of this was upsetting what to James. Eight years later, in 2013, Sullivan contacted the DEC Region 5 during the summer to ask if Morgan Duke Conservation Society could volunteer at the Hudson River Recreation Area. On November 29, 2013, Morgan Duke Conservation Society was founded and become a Corporate Not-For-Profit Organization in New York State.
Today we still work at the Hudson River Recreation Area in Lake Luzerne, New York, and in 2016 we signed a volunteer stewardship agreement for Peekamoose Blue Hole and Vernooy Kill State Forest.
Here at Morgan Duke Conservation Society, we do not get donations or grants from federal, state, or local government agencies; we rely on donations from the general public and businesses.