Making our Gorges Safer

Each spring, the Finger Lakes State Parks Scaling Teams rappel down cliffs over Gorge Trails, manually removing shards of shale that winter freezing has left perched on ledges. If they didn’t do this hard, dangerous work, called “scaling,” it would not be safe enough for us to walk in the gorges, for fear of falling rock. Scaling must be conducted annually in six state parks in the Finger Lakes region. In this week’s episode (167) of Walk in the Park, we take a close look at the scalers at work on the high cliffs in the upper gorge of Enfield Glen in Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca, NY. The scalers tell us and show us what’s involved.

You can watch this episode of Walk in the Park above online, or on TV in the Ithaca area, on Ithaca cable channel 13 at the following times. Additional cablecasts will be added shortly.

Thursday, May 17, 9:00 PM

Friday, 11:30 AM, 9:30 PM

Saturday, 10;00 AM and 9:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Monday, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, 8:00 PM

Wedgesday, May 23, 1:00 PM

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access cable TV series produced at PEGASYS Studio, Spectrum TV, Ithaca, NY, by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.

Loving a Park!

In this week’s episode of Walk in the Park, we go to Robert H. Treman State Park in Ithaca, NY to participate in the annual I Love My Park Day on May 6, 2017, where some 80 volunteers worked on projects to get the park ready for the season, while Enfield Creek was roaring with the heavy rain. Then we go to Watkins Glen State Park the day after the Gorge Trail was opened for the season, following the extensive scaling work on the cliffs necessary every spring. We look at the big reconstruction of the Main Entrance. You can watch this episode here, and on Ithaca, NY cable TV channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 9:00 PM

Friday, 1:00 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Monday, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, May 16, 11:30 AM and 8:00 PM.

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, as a public access TV production at PEGASYS Studio in Ithaca, NY, a division of Spectrum TV (formerly Time Warner Cable).
Take a look at Ingraham’s national award winning book, A Walk through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Park News, May 3, 2017

Park News in the Finger Lakes Region. This is the first edition of “Park News,” an experiment in sharing what’s new in parks, of all kinds, around the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. This week, former NYS Parks Environmental Educator Tony Ingraham discusses this weekend’s I Love My Park Day events at state parks throughout the Finger Lakes. He also discusses the status of “scaling” of loose rock from cliffs above Gorge Trails.

Park News is in no way officially associated with NYS Parks or any other agency, and is not intended to be a mouthpiece therefor. Park News is produced exclusively by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. Ingraham also produces the weekly public access TV series, Walk in the Park, also viewable online on this website.
Ingraham is also the author of the national award winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Falls and a Fort in Niagara, Ontario

Most of us experience the Niagara Falls area from the American side. In this episode (165) of Walk in the Park we spend some time on the Canadian side, visiting the stupendous waterfall, but also we take a trip into War of 1812 history at Old Fort Erie. The Niagara Peninsula was one of the most important, and bloodiest, regions where this tragic war was fought. Both sites are managed by the Niagara Parks Commission.
We begin this episode with a short video featuring “After the Rain,” a musical composition by my late friend and Ithaca musician, Duke Kooistra.
Finally, I have a short segment called “Park News” where I review some things going on this week in state parks around the Finger Lakes.

You can watch this episode of Walk in the Park right here anytime, or on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at the following times (check back later for additional times to be added):

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 9:00 PM

Friday, 11:30 AM and 6:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Monday, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, 11:30 AM and 8:00 PM

Wednesday, May 10, 7;30 PM

The trip to Niagara was to attend the annual conference of the Great Lakes Region of the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), a professional organization for those who interpret our natural and cultural heritage in parks, historic sites, museums, zoos, nature centers, botanical gardens, aquaria, and other sites.

Walk in the Park is a public access TV series produced and cablecast for channel 13 in Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.

Robert H. Treman State Park: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

In this episode (164) of Walk in the Park, Jim Brophy, Park Manager for Robert H. Treman State Park, gives us a summary of the history of the park, some of the recent projects and accomplishments, and some of the cool plans for the future of this jewel of place. His presentation was on March 30, 2017 at the History Center of Tompkins County in Ithaca, NY and was part of the annual meeting of the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park. The show is watchable online here, below, and will be cablecast on Ithaca public access TV channel 13 at the times listed here.

Thursday, 12:30 and 9:00 PM, April 13

Friday, 1:00 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Monday, 9:00 AM

Tuesday, 8:00 PM, April 18

Additional cablecasts will be added to this schedule soon.

Walk in the Park is produced at PEGASYS Studio of Spectrum TV in Ithaca, NY, by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, publisher of the national-award-winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

 

Park Minute: Four Big Waterfalls around Ithaca, NY

Finger Lakes Park Minute 69.   Warm weather in February melted snow in the hills around Cayuga Lake and filled the waterfalls near Ithaca, NY. We visit the four biggest waterfalls: Ithaca Falls, Taughannock Falls, Lucifer Falls (in Robert H. Treman State Park), and Buttermilk Falls.

Park Minute is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, author and publisher of the national-award-winning book, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: Water’s Sculpture in Stone

 

 

What’s New in State Parks?

The Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park sponsor this episode of Walk in the Park (161), featuring Finger Lakes State Parks Region environmental educator Josh Teeter. He explains some of the interesting things he gets involved in his job, including environmental education activities in state parks and environmental and cultural stewardship projects; such as protecting trees from insect pests, scaling loose rock on cliffs over trails, and wildlife conservation. Teeter shows us some of the new developments underway or planned for area state parks; including the overhaul of the main entrance at Watkins Glen State Park (with some of its planned interpretive facilities), the Black Diamond Trail, and a new bridge over the “fordway” to the campground at Robert H. Treman State Park.

Watch this episode online here (below) or on Ithaca cable channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, March 2, 9:00 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Monday, 6:30 PM

Tuesday, March 7, 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions as an Ithaca, NY public access weekly television (PEGASYS) series shown on Ithaca area cable channel 13.

Sampson State Park

We begin this episode (160) of Walk in the Park with a February look at Buttermilk Falls in Buttermilk Falls State Park, and Lucifer Falls in Robert H. Treman State Park. Then we go to Sampson State Park on the east shore of Seneca Lake in Seneca County, NY and visit the Sampson Military Museum, created by World War 2 veterans who trained at the Sampson Naval Training Center, and Korean War veterans who trained at Sampson Air Force Base. We review the Revolutionary War history of the site, and some of the history of the nearby former Seneca Army Depot, including the Women’s Peace Encampment in the 1980s that protested the nuclear arms race.

Watch it online below or on Ithaca area cable channel 13 at any of the following days and times:

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, 9:00 PM

Friday, 3:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Monday, 1:00 PM

Tuesday, 8:00 PM

Wednesday, March 1, 1:00 PM


Sampson State Park is over 2,000 acres and has a two-mile undeveloped shoreline along Seneca Lake. It’s large campground has 309 sites, and has the most electric sites in the Finger Lakes State Parks, making it a favorite for RV campers.

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV show produced by Tony Ingraham at PEGASYS Studio in Ithaca, NY, as a public service of Owl Gorge Productions . Take a peek at Tony’s national-award-winning book about Watkins Glen State Park.

Icy Upper Treman

Walk in the Park episode 159. Winter ice chokes our gorges and makes them unsafe to walk in. But we can still get to some great viewing spots. One example is upper Robert H. Treman State Park, where we take a winter peek. In this episode, we also re-visit the effort to save our hemlock trees from the invasive pest, the hemlock woolly adelgid; we learn about how plant roots are able to figure out which way is down; and we consider what role the Ice Age had in shaping our landscape as demonstrated at Watkins Glen State Park.
You can watch this episode online (below) or on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, February 9, 9:00 PM

Friday, 3:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Tuesday, February 14, 12:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, in PEGASYS public access television studio in Ithaca, NY for cablecast on Ithaca’s cable channel 13 every week. Find out more about Ithaca public access TV.

 

 

Hemlock Trees Need Our Help!

Walk in the Park episode 155. Watch it online on this page, or on Ithaca public access cable TV channel 13 at the following dates and times:

Thursday, 1/5/17, 9:00 PM;  Friday 11:30 AM; Saturday 10:00 AM & 8:30 PM;

Sunday 10:00 AM & 6:00 PM; Monday 6:00 PM; Tuesday, 1/10/17, 8:00 PM

The eastern hemlock tree is a “foundation species” of our forests in the Finger Lakes and beyond in the Northeast. And it is being wiped out by an invasive insect, the “hemlock woolly adelgid.” Find out what is happening, what scientists are doing about it, and how you can help. This episode of Walk in the Park features the premier cablecast on Ithaca public access television of the acclaimed documentary film by area film maker Chris Foito, “The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.” (And you can see the film independent of this Walk in the Park episode).

Winter is the best time to assess the occurrence and spread of hemlock woolly adelgid in our forests and the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network is seeking volunteers to help with monitoring. “This would entail about twenty minutes of training, and then walking and taking notes and locations of hemlock woolly adelgid on trees, via GPS (we provide everything needed). An afternoon outdoors in Jan, Feb and maybe March, locations still TBA. Contact Hilary Lambert, steward@cayugalake.org.”

Also, please visit the New York State Hemlock Initiative website for more information and to get involved.

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access cable television series produced at PEGASYS Studio in Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. Find out more and see all Walk in the Park episodes and Park Minute videos.

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