SUNY Potsdam Volunteers Join in to Clean Up Stone Valley Trails


Clockwise, from top left, Chad Crosby, Bob Dowman, Corey Hewitt, Mike Yuhnke, Ryan Arno, Larry McGory, Patricia Pielnik, Jim Williams, Chris Deck, Mark Simon and Ben Yandeau. (Photo credit: John Barron, president of ADK Laurentian chapter)

Volunteers from the SUNY Potsdam Wilderness Education Program recently joined members of other community groups to conduct critical maintenance in the Stone Valley Cooperative Recreation Area.

In addition to the SUNY Potsdam students, faculty and staff, representatives from the SUNY Canton Outdoor Adventures Club, the St. Lawrence Mountain Bike Club (SLIMBA) and the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club also participated along with other community members for two days of trail work and clean-up. 

Trail work projects included re-routes on the O’Malley Brook Overlook and sections of the river trail on the west side of Stone Valley, installation of chicken wire (a non-slip surface) over bridges, installation and repair of trail registers, and general trail maintenance. 

Volunteers filled a dump truck to the brim with trash. The truck was provided and driven by Bob Scott, a local resident.

“This event goes a long way toward bringing the community together and enhancing a great place for people to enjoy,” said SUNY Potsdam student Glen Butler.

Brookfield Renewable Power provided safety equipment and refreshments for the event. Brookfield also recently donated a Ferno rescue stretcher with a wheel system for use by the College and area emergency responders. The donation quickly got its first use by the Colton Rescue Squad to help save an area hunter who had fallen out of a tree stand. Students and instructors in SUNY Potsdam’s Wilderness Education Program also trained for use of the rescue litter system.

“Brookfield welcomes the opportunity to work with our host communities and recreation organizations to ensure the ongoing safety of outdoor recreation facilities like the Stone Valley Trail. It's great that the ADK and other volunteers help us keep it clean so that the public can continue to enjoy hundreds of hours of hiking on this trail system,” remarked Dan Parker, Brookfield Superintendent.      

Mark Simon, trail coordinator of the Adirondack Mountain Club in Stone Valley, extended a heartfelt thanks to all who contributed to the effort, as well as to the Town of Colton, which disposed of the garbage at its transfer station. 

To learn about the Wilderness Education minor offered at SUNY Potsdam’s School of Education and Professional Studies, visit

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.