[CT Birds] Important info about River Road in Kent

Mntncougar at aol.com Mntncougar at aol.com
Fri Feb 24 09:42:52 EST 2017

Zellen's post got mangled I guess, but her email to HAS did  not. I 
consider this a very serious issue. It will mean no more spring birding  on River 
Road in Kent. Since this is a major stopover for warblers I think it  needs 
our attention.
Don Morgan
Coventry, Ct  

 From: zellene at earthlink.net
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org,  hasnotes at googlegroups.com
Sent: 2/24/2017 8:43:59 A.M. Eastern Standard  Time
Subj: {HASnotes} Fw: Important info about River Road in Kent

I just received this from the AMC regarding access. The St. John's Ledges  
parking is some distance before you get to the large parking area at the end 
 of the road. Parking at St. John's Ledges is more limited than the big lot 
at  the end.  The road should be open to the end prior to Memorial Day so  
would not affect birders during most of May. 
Important  info about St. John's Ledges in Kent 
from  our Appalachian Trail Committee Chair, Dave Boone:

In  response to serious abuse  by large numbers of non-hikers at  South 
Gate, we (the AT Committee) met with a number of town and  state officials a 
couple of weeks ago to come up with plans to  hopefully control a large part 
of the crowd.  

One  of the items decided was to close River Road at St. John's Ledges  
hiking  parking. A gate is going to be installed,  ideally right after the  
pulloffs  just beyond the  trailhead parking. The gate will be closed between 
Memorial Day  and Labor Day weekends. We're also sealing off the old High 
Bank  area, but that shouldn't affect climbing access. One other   item that 
may affect climbing groups/schools, etc.  is  that  there won't be a place for 
buses to turn around.   We'll have signage to that effect at the 
intersection of Skiff Mt.  Road.

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Subject: Important info about St. John's Ledges in  Kent 

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