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Volunteering at Colgate Wild Forest

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The Morgan Duke Conservation Society is looking for people who would like to volunteer at Colgate Wild Forest. Volunteers can help with picking up litter along the trails.

Colgate Lake Wild Forest Background:

Highly visited area especially on holiday weekends

Draws overflow use from North South Lake Campground
Trash have been a concern at times

1500 acres

Located off County Road 78 (Colgate Road) Towns of Jewett & Hunter.
3 Parking Areas (2 General Public, 1 ADA)
1 ADA Fishing Platform and Boat Launch
7 Primitive Campsites (1 ADA)
Approximately 2.7 Miles of the Colgate Lake Trail

There are no requirements as to number of hours, set schedules, or how many times per year a volunteer has to help.

Sign up at: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=187115729&OR=1




PO Box 632, WALDEN, NY 12586, US

Mission Statement

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.

Sports & Recreation


We'll work with your schedule.


Colgate RoadEast Jewett, NY 12424



  • Habitat Restoration
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Education
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Water Recreation


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group



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