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Rob’s Trail Parking Lot – West side of 15A – Directions

Rob’s Trail is located near the top of Bald Hill between Springwater and Hemlock NY. There are two parking lots, one on the west side of Rt 15A just north of Old Bald Hill Rd South. The other is on the east side of 15A (actually off of Old Bald Hill South). There is a connecting trail between the two parking lots – please watch for traffic while crossing 15A.

From Springwater:  Take Rt 15A north.  In 6.1 miles, the parking lot is on the left just after the north end of Old Bald Hill Rd South.

From Hemlock: Take Rt 15A south.  At 4.7 miles south of the 20A/15A intersection south of Hemlock, the parking lot is on the right.


Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

The hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae) (HWA) is native to parts of Asia and was first discovered in New York in 1985. It is in the family Adelgidae, which is related to aphids. The adelgid uses long mouth parts to extract sap and nutrients from hemlock foliage, this prevents free growth, causing needles to discolor from deep green to grayish green, and to drop prematurely. The loss of new shoots and needles seriously impairs tree health. Infestation is usually fatal to the host after several years. Valued plantings of the shade-loving eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) can be ravaged by the hemlock woolly adelgid, and the natural stands of hemlock in the forests and parks in upstate New York would be greatly affected if the pest spreads to those locations. The wind, birds, other wildlife and the movement of infested host material (wood) by humans are all factors in the dispersion of the adelgid.

From the first discovery of the hemlock woolly adelgid in the Hudson Valley in the 1980’s, the insect has spread north and west to the Catskills, the Capital Region and even the Finger Lakes and other parts of Western New York. Currently 25 New York counties are infested with the hemlock woolly adelgid.

Anytime between February and May is good for sampling, though snow on hemlocks usually precludes starting surveys in the middle of winter. The picture above shows the underside of an infested branch.  You are looking for the white woolly ovisacs. If you find evidence during a hike, Cornell set up an online reporting, for both positive and negative reports that you are encouraged to use.  They share the results with DEC and USFS annually. Just click on the link above.

Our thanks to Gene for keeping this pest on our radar, and to Todd Bittner at Cornell for sharing the survey link and the picture above with us.

All Western Christmas Tree Farm News

Last Sunday, January 29th, the Springwater Trails’ hikers enjoyed a Treasure Hunt for 4 gold, 4 silver, and 4 bronze treasure tickets to be redeemed at the social following the hike.  Nine out twelve tickets were found.  Twenty people attended.  Mark Hopkins, Trail Master, writes: “We had 11 climbers who hiked the perimeter of the farm.  The group headed up the path to the fields and through the woods and past a young plantation of Christmas trees.  Passing south through the forest, we found Christmas trees east of the pond marked for the Cornell Integrated Pest Management Trial and found two treasure tickets in the 6 inch snow cover.  In the Cathedral pines we found two more treasure tickets and then continued west with some bushwhacking around the dam of a small pond and out onto Story Road.  Heading back across the fields, we took advantage of the frozen field to cross the corn stubble rows to a grove of 40 year old Christmas trees ready for the center of an indoor mall that may call in the future.”  Wendy and Rick led a group of five through a northerly route parallel to Liberty Pole Road where Nannette found a treasure ticket.  They also found the large Christmas trees and then headed over to the pines and back.  Katherine led a group of 3 around the perimeter of the nursery pointing out the exotic trees, the nursery stock, and the 2 sequoia that are almost 28 years old.  All then took the 4×4 Case up through the woods where we picked up Gene and Georgia and drove into the fenced trees where we found four treasure tickets, then drove to the pines and back to the house for the social.

Next week, Springwater Trails will return to Cummings Nature Center on Gulick Road in Naples, start time 2 PM.  Come and enjoy the great outdoors, reduce cabin fever, and visit with hikers along the way.  Take advantage of purchasing a Springwater Trails membership (donation toward building hiking trails in Springwater) at the discounted price of $10 prior to our Annual Meeting on March 19th.  Details are available at SpringwaterTrails.org.

Katherine Humphrey and Jerrianne Scheiderich were honored to receive a Cornell IPM Award at the joint Pennsylvania and New York CTFANY (Christmas Tree Farmers Association) winter meeting scheduled in Binghamton, NY, Thursday – Saturday, January 26-28.

This post was exerpted from this weeks’ Springwater Party Line by Katherine Humphrey. The full article is available online.

2017 Discounted membership available prior to annual meeting

The primary mission of Springwater Trails, Inc is to create, identify, protect and promote hiking trails in the Springwater area. 

If you would like to make a cash contribution to Springwater Trails, please purchase a Membership in Springwater Trails today. To encourage an expanded membership, the Springwater Trails executive board has approved a discounted membership fee to be accepted between January 11, 2017 and March 19, 2017.

For a reduced contribution of $10 ($15 for a family) you will be able to participate in the Annual Meeting on March 19, 2017 and you will know you are supporting the blazing of the Springwater Trail and the publishing of our seasonal Hiking brochure. To buy a membership for 2017, please complete the form below and mail it and a check payable to Springwater Trails, to

Springwater Trails, Inc
PO Box 162
Springwater, NY 14560

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Individual Membership   ______________ $20 10

Family Membership‡        ______________ $30 15
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Contributing Member*     ____________ $100 50
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