This year’s a special project will be done at the site of the remains of the former Montezuma Fibre Company, a paper mill that was in operation from 1906 to 1913. Josh Lindstrom, a Boy Scout from Troop 21 in Auburn will lead volunteers in organizing the event, creating a trail around the remains of the site, and researching the paper mill. Josh is undertaking this project as part of his Eagle Scout requirements.
We will also be picking up trash and clearing brush on the trails as needed. The program celebrates Earth Day 2017 in partnership with the New York State Canal Corporation and Parks & Trails New York. This is the 12th Annual Canal Clean Sweep.
The Canal Clean Sweep highlights the growing significance of the Canal System and the Canalway Trail System as a recreational and tourism destination across the state and here in Montezuma by encouraging communities, not-for-profit organizations and volunteers to engage in cleanup and beautification activities along the Canal System and the Canalway Trail.
Over 150 community organizations, service groups, municipalities, and businesses across the New York State Canal System are participating in the Canal Clean Sweep by joining in one of the more than 100 local clean-up activities in Canal parks, along public promenades, and on Canalway Trail segments in their region.
The New York State Canal System is comprised of four historic waterways, the Erie, the Champlain, the Oswego and the Cayuga-Seneca Canals. Spanning 524 miles across New York State, the waterway links the Hudson River, Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes, and the Niagara River with communities rich in history and culture.
Parks & Trails New York is the only statewide not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the health and quality of life of New Yorkers through the use and enjoyment of a growing network of parks, pedestrian and bicycle trails, greenways, and heritage corridors around the state.
Volunteers are being asked to join the Friends of MHP to donate their time in helping us keep the Park clean and trails cleared and safe for everyone to enjoy. Youth groups are welcome or individual students and home schoolers looking to complete community service work.
We will meet at the Trailhead kiosk on High Street just north of the Montezuma Fire Department at 9 AM.
Please dress weather appropriately with good working shoes and gloves; garbage bags and hand tools will be provided or bring your own brush cutters. There will be a variety of jobs for all age levels and according to physical abilities.
To register, please call Cheryl Longyear, Town Historian at 315-776-4656 or email at email@example.com or register online at: http://www.ptny.org/events/canal-clean-sweep