Delaware Wild Forest
MORGAN DUKE CONSERVATION SOCIETY
The 29,500-acre Delaware Wild Forest is located in the western Catskill Forest Preserve and features more than 47 miles of recreational trails with 28 miles of that designated as snowmobile trail. These trails are not as used as much as other trails in the Catskills and you may find the trails not as well maintained. There are four lean-to shelters located in the wild forest for those looking for a backpacking camping experience.
The most popular destinations in the Delaware Wild Forest include Big Pond, Beaverkill Vista on Cabot Mountain, Trout Pond, Russell Brook Falls, Split Rock Lookout and Huggins Lake.
The Morgan Duke Conservation Society is looking for volunteers who would like to help pick up garbage at Delaware Wild Forest. We supply volunteers with orange garbage bags, First Aid Kit, Gloves and Volunteer Info 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.