This is the link to the FLTC Cortland County Hike Series.  The first group hike starts in june. There is also a hike on your own option.



I want to send out a short note to let our friends and fellow hikers know that my husband Bruce Coon passed away at home in the early morning hours on March 16th. Some of you may know that he was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma of the abdomen in late summer of 2016. With surgery and later chemo and one summer of radiation he was able to continue hiking and enjoy the companionship  and friendship of the people he met along the way. There will be no services at this time but I will be planning a celebration of his life for later this summer. We will post his obituary when it comes out which should be in the next day or two. A thank you to all who brought such joy to Bruce’s life. 

With Love,

Donna Coon

Chenango Greenway Conservancy purchased the West Hill Quarry area.
This is very exciting news for mountain bikes and hikers. 
Many of our hikers are familiar with the area and have enjoyed hiking there over the years.
The bike club (Rob Baker) has done a great job with building trails.
Now that the area will be preserved for all of us to enjoy, we need to get the word out and hike or bike the area.
The Greenway Conservancy would like us to help promote some club-led hikes there, which we will do (especially now that the weather is improving). 
Here is the link to the press release:


Join us (virtually) to celebrate the launch of the new edition of The Catskill Park: Inside the Blue Line, published by Black Dome Press and originally released in 2004. The Catskill Park is a history of the Catskill Park (established 1904) and the Catskill Forest Preserve (established 1885).This region is one of the earliest experiments in environmental conservation in the United States, wherein wildlands coexist with private property within the blue line of the Catskill Park.

On Thursday, March 25 at 7pm on Zoom, Kelli Huggins from the Catskills Visitor Center will moderate a discussion with author Chris Olney; Bill Rudge, Natural Resources Supervisor for NYSDEC Region 3; Heather Rolland, Past President of the 3500 Club; Aaron Bennett, co-founder and current Vice President of the Catskill Mountain Club; and Jeff Senterman, Executive Director of Catskill Center; on the history and future of the Catskill Park and Forest Preserve. Though all the panelists are well-known figures in and around the Catskills, this is a special opportunity to hear them all in conversation together about the park that has had such a profound impact on their work and lives.

Catskill Park: Inside the Blue Line is illustrated with 32 pages of color photographs and more than 70 historical and contemporary B&W photographs, and includes the Carpenter Report, an 1886 inventory of the Catskill Mountains, including its streams and rivers, game forests and industry. The new edition will be available for sale through the Catskills Visitor Center and Black Dome Press as well as other local retailers.

To join the event on March 25, simply click on the Zoom Event Link below. The program will start promptly at 7pm. Audience members will not be able to use video or audio during the program, but there will be an opportunity to ask questions and leave comments in the chat window, and Catskills Visitor Center staff will be on to provide assistance with any technical issues.

Zoom Event Link (no pre-registration required)

For more information, please visit or call 845-688-3369.

Tired of feeling cooped up inside?

Want to see everything our beautiful Finger Lakes have to offer?

Have an itch to help the environment?



You can do all that and more by joining us in the 2021 Trail Survey! We are seeking volunteers to help us survey for invasive species on trails throughout our region. Invasive plant and animal species are among the greatest threats to the ecosystems of the Finger Lakes. Without any natural predators, these organisms are able to grow and spread quickly, easily overrunning the native plants and animals that call the Finger Lakes home. This process leads to irreversible economic, environmental, and cultural damage.


One of the biggest challenges with invasive species is simply knowing where they are. These species can often spread much more quickly than we can track, making it difficult to control them. That’s why we’re looking for volunteers to get out in the field and help us find them all!


Through this program we will give you all the tools necessary to locate the invaders. If you’re interested, please register here ( Once registered, we will explain how to identify invasive species, how and where to search for them, and more! As this is a volunteer program, there is no commitment to how often you need to survey, or what you need to look for, or where (although we will have suggestions if you’re unsure!).


We hope to see you out there!





Hilary R. Mosher,

Associate Director of Invasive Species Programs

Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Coordinator, Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (Finger Lakes PRISM)


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Hello everyone.

If you have not yet renewed your Bullthistle Hiking Club membership, please do so. Attached is a membership form. Annual membership is only $10.  You can also renew online at
To those who already renewed, thank you and sorry for the repetition.

The club has several trail projects we hope to begin as soon as the weather permits. All our trail maintenance and trail projects are complete by volunteers.  If you are interested in helping on any of the projects, just let us know.

There will not be a February hiking meeting. We opted to cancel it and we look forward to seeing everyone at the March meeting (first Tuesday of the month at 7 PM, in the conference room of the Arts Council or on Zoom).

Meanwhile, join us on a hike. The next hike will be a level snowshoe hike around Bowman Lake about a mile and if everyone is up for more we’ll cut over to the Kopac Pond Observation deck. This will be a good opportunity for those new to snowshoes or a time for a saunter in the snow to look for animal tracks.
9 AM 1/30/21 - Meet at the Bowman Lake State Park entrance where we will decide where to leave the cars. Bring snowshoes/poles, snack, water, mask and clothing for the days weather. Questions or more information email or call 607-647-9321

If you did not get the separate email about the snowshoe hike detailed above, that means you are not on our general email list and you are missing out on our hike announcements and other emails. So join now.  Information how is on the membership application (attached).

Peg Fuller
BHC President

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