Witness the Renewal of the Pine Forest on Winter Solstice

N39° 48.805' W74° 24.840', located along Route 72 at the eastern boundary of Coyle Air Field
Dec 21, 2019
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Celebrate the Winter Solstice, Dec. 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. with the Bass River State Forest volunteers as they hike the burn zone of the Spring Hill Wildfire in Bass River State Forest “North.” The 5-mile hike is through the West Pine Plains Natural Area and the “Pygmy Pines” – the world’s largest acreage of this globally rare forest community. Several sections of the hike will be through places where the mature trees are scarcely taller than the hikers themselves.

The hike will also go through portions of the forest that was burned in the wildfire; you will be able to see first hand the regeneration of the forest that has occurred in the nine months since the fire.

Participants must be at least 10 years of age. Service animals only are permitted. Wear appropriate clothes and shoes that you do not mind getting ash and soot on. Bring plenty of water and snacks. This hike is not ADA accessible. There are no restrooms or drinking water available. The hike will be canceled if there are thunderstorms in the area or if heavy rain is falling. Light rain or overcast skies will not cancel the hike.

Registration is required and is capped at 25 participants. To register or for more information, call the Bass River State Forest office at 609-296-1114.

The meeting location is N39° 48.805' W74° 24.840', which is located along Route 72 at the eastern boundary of Coyle Air Field. The meeting location is approximately 11.3 miles east of the intersection of Routes 72 and 70 and approximately 2.4 miles west of the intersection of Routes 72 and 539. Parking is along Route 72. There is no street address for this location.