Mary Ann Topp and Christine Galvin, Local Hikes Co-Subchairs
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The Conservation Committee also offers local walks.
This is a list of some favorite local hikes for both new members and members who are looking for a less demanding hike or walk. Check our schedule to see when we offer these activities. These are also suitable for hiking with friends or family. (HBS)
There are many other hikes. New members are invited to inquire about them from you local hiking leaders, listed on the web site and in the Gazette.
Articles suggest that using DEET products and sunscreen together may not be in your best interest. But not all sources have the same recommendations. Read articles on the proper use of insect repellants by the US Center for Disease Control, one by Undercurrents magazine, and one by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
(updated) Hiking leaders note the following applicable all year. The Rhode Island DEM Hunting and Trapping Abstract (870KB pdf) states under "State Lands" on page 20, "...In order to effectively manage and safeguard these open areas for people, wildlife, and habitat, the following regulations are to followed: ... Groups consisting of 10 or more persons must obtain a group use permit available from the Division of Forest Environment."
This regulation is also in the "Park and Management Area Rules and Regulations (Nov. 2010) (pdf) Section 14 - Groups, Meetings, Distribution of Printed Matter.
(Section)14.2 Groups of 100 persons or more utilizing public reservations under the jurisdiction of the Division of Parks and Recreation, (comma) scientific collectors and groups of ten (10) or more in other public reservations, (comma) must submit prior written request to and have official written permission for a Special Use Permit from the Director or his/her authorized representative. (See Section 23 for Large Event Permits for groups between 75 –150 people.)
Note the "comma" placements. Which indicate that for public lands, hiking permit requirements are different for Parks than the Wildlife Management Areas. State Parks vs Wildlife Management Areas are designated in this reference.
For the Arcadia management area and all other State lands (except the George Washington area), print a copy of the Arcadia Activity/Special Use Permit (pdf) for submittal. For the George Washington area, print and submit this permit form (pdf). Jay Aron (Div. of Forest Environment) suggests calling him at 401-568-2013 so the request can be discussed prior to submitting an application.
For locations that are regulated, there are two maps to assist hiking leaders. The newest is a RI DEM interactive map that provides pdf cutouts of topo maps for selected locations in the State, but does not identify the areas on the map. The pdf maps are nice color printable topo maps with the State areas in shaded portions. The other map is an older version which does identify the management areas by name and gives a better overview of the State lands. It is the same as referenced below for trail maps for Wildlife Management Areas.
Fluorescent Orange must be worn in Rhode Island State Management areas from the third weekend in October thru the end of February (small game hunting season)and again from April 25 thru May 26, 2009 (turkey hunting season). The requirement is to wear 200 square inches during these hunting periods, except during the shotgun deer season, when 500 square inches is required. On the mainland, the shotgun deer season is from December 1-9 on private and state management areas and also from Dec. 10-16 on private land only. However on Jamestown and Aquidneck Island, the shotgun deer season is Dec. 1-16, Dec. 29 & 30, and Jan. 5 & 6. Details are available on the Rhode Island DEM Hunting and Trapping Abstract (870KB pdf).
The requirements give specifics to what qualifies. "Fluorescent orange safety clothing is required during the hunting season statewide for all hunters. To meet this requirement, safety clothing must be solid daylight fluorescent orange. Fluorescent camouflage does not meet this requirement. The hunter orange must be worn above the waist and be visible in all directions. Examples are: a hat that covers 200 square inches or combination of hat and vest covering 500 square inches."
"In addition to the above hunter requirements, all other users (hikers, bicy-clists, horseback riders, etc.) of State Management areas are required to wear 200 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange from the third Saturday in October to the last day of February and the last Thursday in April to the last day in May, annually."
Note: Both Connecticut and Massachusetts do not allow hunting on Sunday so orange is not required on those days. But hunting is legal in Rhode Island on Sunday.
Fluorescent orange vests, jackets and hats are available at any of the local sporting and big box (eg. Walmart, Dick's) stores at very reasonable prices. If you are xc-skiing in the George Washington/Pulaski management area this winter you will need the fluorescent orange, so buy something big enough to go over your ski jacket.
When below freezing or there has been snow on the trails, local hikers need to think about not slipping on ice. You can hike just about anywhere with proper winter foot gear. Get Microspikes (kahtoola.com) or Stabil-icers (The ones with bolts over entire sole). If you’re not yet committed to winter hiking and want something less expensive, go to the hunting/fishing department of your local sporting goods store and buy slip on fishermen's cleats that will serve you well for several seasons. Yaktraks are not recommended for serious hiking. For more information and sources, see the Snow Resources page.
(This section has been moved to Hiking Resources.)
The overall AMC Leadership Requirements and Guidelines will apply to all our leaders. There are two categories for leading.
Hike leader: Co-lead two non-Wednesday local hikes of at least five to ten miles in length, under guidance of two different qualified hike leaders. Then lead one local hike with a qualified hike leader acting as co-leader.
Walk leader: Co-lead two local hikes/walks Then lead one local hike/walk with a qualified hike or walk leader acting as co-leader.
"Elaine: I don't even know where I'm going."... "That's the best way to get someplace you've never been." -- J. Peterman