Morgan Duke Conservation Society


Hello and welcome to the Morgan Duke Conservation Society! Our nonprofit organization is committed to protecting forests and water bodies from various threats posed by human activities such as littering in the forest and on beaches, as well as people straying off designated trails and damaging vegetation. Our dedicated team of volunteers works tirelessly to educate the public about the importance of responsible waste disposal to prevent wildfires and preserve natural habitats for wildlife. Spanning across various counties, our volunteers venture into forested areas, Wildlife Management Areas, and waterways to conduct cleanups, report damages, assess trail conditions, and engage in habitat restoration efforts such as tree planting. We collaborate with state and local conservation agencies to implement innovative solutions that safeguard these precious natural areas and the wildlife that inhabit them.

Our volunteers also work on providing wildlife habitat in Wildlife Management Areas, as many of these areas in New York are young forests with limited habitat for wildlife due to ongoing tree growth.

Additionally, our volunteers contribute to organizing community cleanup events, fundraising efforts, and various other projects to support our conservation mission.

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General Interests

Revegetation

We are dedicated to the restoration of ground vegetation that has been affected by human activity in different locations. Whether it's hikers wandering off designated trails and damaging plants or campers pitching tents in unauthorized spots, our goal is to restore these areas to their original beauty. Volunteers have the opportunity to work alongside our dedicated stewards to plant trees and fill in the areas that have been harmed.

 

 

 

Recycling

The Morgan Duke Conservation Society has amazing volunteers who are making a positive impact by collecting NY Deposit cans and bottles. Instead of allowing these materials to end up in landfills, they are being recycled by simply setting them aside in a separate bag and dropping them off at local redemption centers like MT Returnables in Queensbury. In the Hudson Valley, volunteers bring a CLYNK bag with them to collect cans and bottles along the trails, then drop them off at Hannaford store once the bag is full.

Volunteers also have the opportunity to spread the word about the Morgan Duke Conservation Society's empty toner and inkjet cartridge recycling program. Our goal is to keep as many printer toner and inkjet cartridges out of landfills as possible. By informing businesses and individuals about this program, volunteers can encourage them to become supporters by recycling their cartridges and toners through us. It's a simple way to make a big difference in our environment!

Painting

There are some fantastic spots with trail gates, picnic tables, and outhouses that could use a fresh coat of paint. Volunteers are welcomed to join in and help these areas by painting the trail gates, outhouses, and picnic tables.

Organizing Community Clean Up Events

We have amazing volunteers at places like Vernooy Kill State Forest and Crystal Lake Wild Forest who organize community clean-up events. These events are a wonderful idea that allows the community to attend and learn about Leave No Trace principles. With approval from the location's land manager or forester, volunteers can organize their own community clean-up events. They can choose the date, time, and meeting location. It's a great way to give back to the environment and keep our outdoor spaces beautiful for everyone to enjoy.

Fundraising

Interested in getting involved with fundraising activities for the Morgan Duke Conservation Society? There are plenty of ways you can help out. You can start by researching fundraising activities online that would benefit our organization. Then, consider hosting fundraising events, such as scheduling events at local restaurants and passing out flyers to nearby businesses, family, and friends.

 

 

Adirondacks

Activity Shifts Start End
Hudson River Special Management Area 959 5/26/2024 1/9/2027
Saranac Lakes Wild Forest 2046 5/26/2024 12/31/2029

Adopt-A-Highway

Activity Shifts Start End
State Route 52 Walden Adopt-A-Highway 1 4/20/2024 10/1/2024

Catskills

Activity Shifts Start End
Colgate Lake Wild Forest 959 5/26/2024 1/9/2027

Outer Banks

Activity Shifts Start End
Kitty Hawk Beach 19 5/26/2024 6/13/2024

Shawangunk Mountains

Activity Shifts Start End
Minnewaska State Park 950 5/26/2024 12/31/2026
Sam's Point 950 5/26/2024 12/31/2026

Wildlife Management Areas

Activity Shifts Start End
Great Swamp Wildlife Management Area 59 5/26/2024 7/23/2024
Mongaup Valley Wildlife Management Area 59 5/26/2024 7/23/2024