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June 7, 2013

Trail Day emphasizes collaboration, conservation


“It is valuable to have an open, transparent process.” 

A major change within the park, according to Janeway, has been a new generation of Adirondack entrepreneurs “that care about what we have here. 

“We need to look at master plans and work with current tools.”


Earlier in the day, CATS held its second-annual Mineville Iron Ore Man Challenge to run or hike the popular Cheney Mountain Trail, which opened last spring.

In the afternoon, on Black Kettle Nature Trail, the organization unveiled nature interpretation signs illustrated by Sheri Amsel. 

CATS recognized people for valuable contributions toward the organization’s endeavors, among them Kellogg, and Richard and Leanna DeNeale, who provided a 319-acre conservation easement on a parcel between Essex and Willsboro.


Also during the event, winners of the first-annual CATS Photography Contest were announced: The People’s Choice Award went to Melissa Maki’s “Best Day Ever” portrait of three puppies with a CATS trail marker and accompanying poem. 

For the Judges’ Award, there was a tie between Aran Voss Hutchins’s “Snowberry Clearwing Moth” and Janet Denny’s “Accidental Meeting,” which depicted the view from Cheney Mountain.


Paula Castner of Lancaster, Mass., won the $500 first-place prize in the CATS Travel Writing Contest with her essay describing a hike on the Wildway Overlook Trail, visiting museums and parks, going to church and the Elizabethtown Library and buying food at the farmers market and local restaurants. 

“I just wanted people to walk with me as I went to all these great places,” she says in her entry. 

High-school freshman Julia Dixon of Lake Forest, Ill., won the $250 People’s Choice Award. 

The 14-year-old has been spending summers at her grandparents in Westport, “since I was born,” she wrote. 

Dixon wrote of hiking Coon Mountain, visiting Dogwood Bakery and about how much she loves coming here.

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