2017 September 17

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Lye Brook Wilderness
Maple Hill State Forest
Moss Island
Piseco-Powley Road
Solid Waste

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Map: Moss Island – Aerial Photo

Map: Moss Island – Aerial Photo

Moss Island is an island in Little Falls, New York, located between the Mohawk River and the New York State Barge Canal. It is composed of an igneous intrusion of syenite, and became an island when canal locks were built so boats could avoid the 40-foot (12 m) falls. It is known for its large 40–50-foot (12–15 m) deep potholes as well as being popular with local rock climbers. It was declared a National Natural Landmark in 1976.


Some of the back story on Moss Island and the fight to save it, along with Lynne Jackson and Dan Van Riper's trip to Moss Island can be found here: http://www.albanyweblog.com/2008/08-aug/08-08-08.php

See this 1976 Documentary on the proposed bridge over Moss Island and the fight to save Moss Island on Youtbue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOwYEhJuAc8

See the 1977 Revised Environmental Impact Statement on Southeast Arterial Hwy, Route 169 Replacement, Little Falls.

Average Daily Tonnage at Rapp Road Landfill

About 2/3rds of the waste that Rapp Road Landfill accepts is Municipal Solid Waste, although it is also a significant facility for the disposal of Construction and Demolition debris and Asbestos-containing wastes. It's also one of the few facilities permitted to accept incinerated sewage sludge, and it imports about a third of it's incinerated sewage sludge from the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Data Source: NYSDEC Annual Solid Waste Facility Reports, 2016. ftp://ftp.dec.state.ny.us/dshm/SWMF/Annual%20Reports_Solid%20Waste%20Management%20Facility/Annual%20Reports_by%20Activity%20Type/Landfill/Landfill%20Annual%20Reports%20-%202016/R4/01S02_Albany_SWMF_msw_R4_2016.2017-03-01.AR.pdf

Map: Maple Hill State Forest

Map: Maple Hill State Forest

Recreational opportunities in this forest focus on rustic experiences with a limited amount of development. Most of this forest will require significant walking to access.

Hunting and trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted. Traps may not be set on public road right of ways. Body gripping traps set on land must be at least 100 feet from public trails. Permanent tree stands are prohibited. However, a tree stand or blind is allowed, provided that it does not injure any trees, is properly marked or tagged with the owner's name and address or valid hunting or fishing license number, and is placed and used during big game season, migratory game bird season, or turkey season, but no more than thirty days in one location per calendar year.

Geo-caching is allowed although caches must be marked with the owner's contact information and may not be placed in dangerous or ecologically sensitive locations.

As this is a fairly recent addition to the State Forest System, there are significant portions of this forest occupied by open fields. These fields provide for critical habitat diversity, and will be maintained in their present state.


Sometimes I think people can be as stupid as shit. I was amazed how many people were are Bourn Pond, a nearly 3 mile backpack to the wilderness lake but packed up and left this morning, after spending only one night after the cold and wet. Don’t people have the forecast, and known that the weather would have been miserable?

I am actually kind of amused by it all.

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