RESTORATION WORK BEGINS
The long-awaited restoration of the Hurricane Fire Tower is set to begin Monday, Sept. 28. In late August, the DEC organized materials drop by helicopter, which flew materials to the summit.
Supervised by state Department of Environmental Conservation staff, a crew from the Student Conservation Association and volunteers with Friends of Hurricane Mountain will work through the week to:
- replace all the old wood, on stairs and in the cab and on landings
- complete the metal stair stringers and hand railings
- install protective wire mesh around stairs and landings
- paint sections of the structure and
- shore up cement in key spots
That will not complete the entire job. A new roof and final placement of key bolts are scheduled for next year. But barring any new problems, DEC is hoping that the tower can be opened for public access in early October.
The Friends of Hurricane Mountain, which entered into a Volunteer Stewardship Agreement with the DEC, is coordinating volunteer efforts on the Tower. Individuals looking to volunteer should contact the Friends at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact us through our Facebook page.
Volunteers working the week of Sept. 28 will need to be able to hike comfortably to the peak, be willing to carry tools and equipment, and pitch in once we’re on top. Bring gloves, a hard hat, ear plugs, and safety glasses if you have them, and appropriate clothing for the weather.
Contact Peter Slocum at 518-708-5607 or email@example.com if you would like to volunteer.