Headwaters crew cleans up Bear Creek

OXFORD – Christopher Snow is a trail steward for a section of the Finger Lakes Trail just outside of Oxford where he lives. After last year’s flooding, he discovered a large amount of debris clogging Bear Creek, causing it to over flow on to the trail. He contacted the Headwaters Youth Conservation Corps (an AmeriCorps program) to see if they could help. “I spoke with the team leader, Katie Rawluk, and organized a day to remove the blockage. On Friday July 6, Katie and her crew of eight, myself and my two loyal trail dogs (Esther & Millie) hiked along the FLT to the clogged point on Bear Creek and began to remove the massive amounts of wood, stone and dirt deposited by flooding,” Snow said. The Headwaters Youth Conservation Corps worked tirelessly for several hours in the heat to restore flow to the creek and reduce future flood damage to the Finger Lakes Trail. “As a former AmeriCorps member myself, I was extremely impressed with how well and hard this team of young folks worked together. The day was a huge success and we are planning another service project together at Whaupaunaucau State Forest in the coming weeks.”

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