BEACH LAKE, PA – On Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 10, 2015 staff from the National Park Service’s Olmstead Center for Landscape Preservation will be trimming and removing trees along the D&H canal towpath in Minisink Ford, NY to protect both visitors and historic stone walls. During this time the 1/3 mile trail, which starts at the New York parking area at the Roebling Bridge, will be closed. The highly trained work crew of 12 members from the Arborist Incident Response (AIR) Team includes National Park Service tree workers from across the country that also respond to hurricane and tornado emergencies.
The work, which is a training exercise for the AIR Team, will remove trees meeting three priority categories. Priority 1 is hazardous trees which have fallen or in danger of falling across the towpath trail. Priority 2 is trees that threaten to damage the historic stone walls of the D&H canal and towpath. Priority 3 is trees that have fallen or dead trees that will fall into the canal.
“We are delighted that the AIR Team will train their members on the D&H towpath trail,” said Superintendent Kristina Heister. “The project will take care of needed tree work for Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River and will help train an important National Park Service emergency response team.”
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