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The Great Bear Recreation Area near Fulton has been added to the series of self-guided walking tours along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway.

Members of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail and Finger Lakes Volkssport groups met recently at Great Bear Recreation Area to enjoy the scenic trail system. You can do it also as a self-guided walk any time.

The Great Bear Walk, organized by the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Volkssport Association and Friends of Great Bear, is the first of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Walks to be entirely “off-road” as it follows well-marked woodland trails.

Volkssporting in German is “the sport of the people.” The Great Bear Walk joins a series of walks created by the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Volkssport Association along or near the 518-mile Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway which parallels Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River in New York and Pennsylvania.

The walks are family-oriented and targeted to those who enjoy outdoor physical activity in which people of all ages and fitness levels can participate.

Participants may purchase a pin designating the Great Bear Recreation Area Volkssport Walk by completing the information on the start card for the walk at Great Bear.

Participants may purchase a pin designating the Great Bear Recreation Area Volkssport Walk by completing the information on the start card for the walk at Great Bear.

The Great Bear Springs area is comprised of more than 400 acres in the city of Fulton and town of Volney. The name is based on a Native American legend in which a young brave was attacked by a large bear near the springs.

The property also contains the historic Oswego Canal guard lock number 2 and towpath that were a part of the original Oswego River Canal.

After completing the walk, participants have the option of purchasing a collectible pin depicting the bear for which the area is named.

“The area has more than eight miles of natural trails over rolling terrain, and is ideal for walking, cycling, cross-country skiing and snow shoeing,” said Richard Drosse, coordinator of the Friends of Great Bear. “The Great Bear Walk was developed with the option of either a 3.1 mile or 6.2 mile route, and is sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association.”

The walk is open to all, and there is no charge except for Volkssporters wishing to earn credit or for those interested in purchasing the pin.

In May, a group of 18 walkers from the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Volkssport Association and the Finger Lakes Volkssport Club met in Fulton to christen the Great Bear Walk.

“The Great Bear Walk makes an excellent addition to the series of Great Lakes Seaway Trail Walks, and we’re confident it will serve as an important means to attract visitors to the region,” Great Lakes Seaway Trail Volkssport Association President Daryl Giles said.

To get started, go to the Riverside Inn located at 930 S. First St. in Fulton and ask for the Great Bear Walk box at the front desk. Participants may purchase a pin designating the Great Bear Recreation Area Volkssport Walk by completing the information on the start card for the walk at Great Bear.

Walkers can then sign in and pick up the walk directions. Oswego County also hosts a sanctioned Volkssport walk near Fort Ontario. The walk is headquartered at the Quality Inn and Suites, 70 E. First St., Oswego, and commemorates the 1814 British Naval attack on Fort Ontario. The walk can be done in 5 and 10-kilometer routes.

For more information on the Great Bear and Oswego 1812 walks, and the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Volkssport Association, visit www.seawaytrail.com/volkssport

To learn more about the Great Bear Recreation Area and Friends of Great Bear, visit www.friendsofgreatbear.com

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New York Sea Grant has published eight new Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes and Wetlands Fact Sheets. The series provides information and photos in pdf format on:
•   Arrangement & Development of Eastern Lake Ontario Wetlands
•   Beach Litter
•   Bog Buckmoth
•   Dune Building Plants
•   Hybrid Cattails
•   Muskrat
•   Sediment along the beaches and dunes of Eastern Lake Ontario, and
•   Yellow Perch,
and is posted online at www.seagrant.sunysb.edu/lodune/article.asp?ArticleID=211.

New York Sea Grant Great Lakes Coastal Community Development Specialist Mary Penney authored the series. Penney says, “This series of Fact Sheets was developed to showcase the diversity of plants, animals and habitats found in New York’s Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes & Wetlands Area. We especially encourage both formal and informal teachers such as scout leaders, and coastal resource managers to share them with their students and resource visitors.”

New York Sea Grant (NYSG) is part of a nationwide network of 32 university-based programs that work with coastal communities. The National Sea Grant College Program engages this network of the nation’s top universities in conducting scientific research, education, training, and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our aquatic resources.

For updates on NYSG’s activities and initiatives in New York’s Great Lakes and marine waters, check out our Web site, www.nyseagrant.org , “like” us on Facebook (keyword: New York Sea Grant) and follow us on Twitter (@nyseagrant). #

SIDEBAR
A Sampling of Facts from New NY Sea Grant Publications
·      Practice “Carry-in, Carry-out” to reduce beach litter.
·      Clay, silt, sand and pebbles are all forms of beach sediment.
·      Yellow perch have a lifespan of eight to nine years.
·      Wetlands are found on every continent but Antartica.
·      Muskrats are typically seen in cattail marshes.
·      Dune plants help maintain the fragile sand dunes of the Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes & Wetlands Area.
·      There are only 10 colonies of bug buckmoth in the world; six of these New York State endangered moth areas are in Oswego County, NY.

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No, we’re not geographically challenged … this post is about Mexico, and Texas too. Texas and Mexico are both places in Oswego County, New York. Click here to read about the history you’ll find as you explore Mexico Point Park in Texas, NY!

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Blogging has come to the Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes & Wetlands Area and the Salmon River corridor. Through summer and fall, the student stewards who educate the public about the value of these vital environmental resources will post their experiences and information at http://elodsrstewardprogram.blogspot.com.

Blog content will focus on special educational opportunities, such as steward activities at Dune Fest for area 7th and 8th graders, Harborfest, and the Oswego County Fair and will include observations and photos posted each week by the Eastern Lake Ontario Dune and Salmon River Stewards working in the natural resource areas at Sandy Pond Bach Natural Area, Lakeview Wildlife Management Area, Little America and Redfield Island.

The stewards are sharing info on the wildlife species they see; report of interactions with kayakers, beachwalkers, and anglers fishing for such species as freshly-stocked landlocked Atlantic salmon and steelhead; and information on why the eastern shore of Lake Ontario is critical habitat for migrating and resident birds and what makes the Salmon River Falls Unique Area unique.

“The stewards promote environmentally-sound recreational use of these vital natural resources and encourage willing compliance with guidelines designed to protect the resources. They
participate in research and monitoring surveys, and host field walks and programs on a variety of topics of interest to those who enjoy the outdoors,” says Steward Coordinator Mary Penney of New York Sea Grant, Oswego, NY. “We are excited about sharing their observations and reports through the new Eastern Lake Ontario Dune and Salmon River Stewardship Blog.”

The Eastern Lake Ontario Dune Stewards work at public access points along the 17-mile stretch of barrier beach complex that includes beaches, fragile sand dunes, and wetlands areas in Oswego and Jefferson counties (El Dorado Nature Preserve, Black Pond Wildlife Management Area [WMA], Southwick Beach State Park, Lakeview WMA in Jefferson County, and Sandy Pond Beach Natural Area and Deer Creek Marsh WMA in Oswego County).

To learn more about the Eastern Lake Ontario Dune Steward and Salmon River Program, visit the blog at http://elodsrstewardprogram.blogspot.com or contact Mary Penney, New York Sea Grant, Oswego, NY, 315-312-3042.

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Steve Yablonski, OswegoCountyToday.com, link to full – original article

City, county, state and federal officials gathered at Wright’s Landing on April 30, 2009 to snip the ceremonial ribbon, opening of the Oswego Harbor Trail.

“Thank you all who made this project a reality,” Mayor Randy Bateman said. “This trail ends at Liberty Street, but it points the way to the next path, an even longer trail that we hope will connect the city to the SUNY Oswego campus one day.”

The project adds 2.1 kilometers to the more than 4 miles of trails that connect downtown Oswego with the Lake Ontario shoreline – both on the west side where Wright’s Landing and Breitbeck Park are located and connect to the east side via the Oswego Harbor Rail Trail to the Fort Ontario Historic Site, Oswego’s Youth Center, Safe Haven Museum and the Oswego Civic Arts Center.

The project was conceived in the 1970 when the Port City began to turn back toward cleaning up its waterfront after years of industrial use had left it with empty buildings and brownfield sites.

“If we stood here 50 years ago, we’d be facing a large pile of coal ash, black smoke from a coal-fired electric station and broken down shacks and boathouses scattered throughout this area,” the mayor said. “During the ’70s, the first notions of a project to connect Lake  Ontario to the river and downtown were conceived.

Today, the city has transformed the waterfront with new hotels, riverwalks and a revitalized downtown area. The Port of Oswego Authority has developed 100 slips at the International Marina alongside the city owned Wright’s Landing Marina, which has more than 160 boat slips.

Oswego has become a boating and sailing Mecca – the last stop before entering the locks of the Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor or embarking on the Great Lake Ontario.

The Oswego Harbor Trail features 2.1 miles for bicycle and hikers. Waterfront views of Oswego’s historic lighthouse and an important winter birding area are offered alongside the Oswego Harbor.

Fishing is also an important attraction for the Oswego area. Oswego Harbor offers a close-up look at fish and a variety of birds and flora.

The Oswego Harbor Trail connects the H. Le White Marine Museum, where the original Fresnel Lens from the Oswego Lighthouse is preserved. Boaters and tourists who come to the city are provided with Oswego’s rich maritime history when they visit the marine museum.

The Oswego Harbor Trail also provides interpretive signs presenting the history of Fort Ontario, the site of a historic massacre during the French and Indian War of 1757 and 1758. Two other signs on the trail provide information on the birds and wildlife and the history of the Oswego Lighthouse.

The trail was designed to provide safe access for visitors and citizens to travel along the waterfront by bicycle or on foot to see the sights and safely connect Oswego’s downtown commercial area.

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Click here to take a poetic and pictorial snowmobile ride through the snow in Oswego County with Kelly.

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Kelly Jordal talks (& shows photos) about walking the Pulaski Recreation Trail in Oswego County.

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