Hello world! We’re your 2017 summer stewards, Jingling and Yesenia. We’re very excited to be in the woods exploring, mapping, removing invasives, and giving tours. That’s just to name a few things that the stewards do. We also work on independent projects, laying the foundation for future stewards and other college planning, as well as continuing the legacy of research and mapping on invasive species like Garlic Mustard, Burning Bush and Japanese Barberry as well as mapping rare/protected species such as Green Violet, Wild Ginger and Ginseng and Goldenseal. With the hope that in so doing we can ensure that the North Woods continue to be maintained and more welcoming to visitors like you. This summer we will also begin exploring new lands the college has recently acquired, which we are very excited about.
Speaking of visitors, just this past weekend Skidmore College held its annual Alumni Weekend, and we were fortunate enough to be able to give a tour of the woods to diverse group of class years, from 1962 to 2012. It was great getting share a bit of our knowledge on the history of the woods with people who got to explore it during different stages. A ‘97 graduate recalled how the trails were to be used for mountain biking and as a result were a wreck, covered in mud and overly trafficked (one of those cycling competitions actually led to the current rule of foot traffic only). She recalls her time mountain biking through the woods fondly, but also recognized that there was a marked improvement in the state of the North Woods, something we continue to strive for.
Our tour was just a little over an hour. Walking through the red trail, we were able to explore centuries of history and learn about the many figures who shaped the North Woods into the beloved woods we have now. Mostly however, we loved seeing alum talk among themselves, laugh, and reminisce on their college years.