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Photo #1535 – 01.28.13

The Yukon, Forest Fires, and GIS

The majority of my time during graduate school was centered around all things Yukon Territory.  My research focused on snowmelt in the Yukon, but I was able to work my love for the Yukon in to other projects as well.  This poster was created for my one Remote Sensing course and describes how I used a series of aerial photos from different years to track effects of forest fires in the boreal forests of southeastern Yukon Territory.  This project was one of many that allowed me to play around with map-making a bit…career skills in their infancy!


Photo #1413 – 09.27.12

Go Hiking with Maps of the Jersey Highlands

Since I make maps, I’d say it is appropriate for me to promote the maps to potential users…so to anyone looking to get out on some trails this autumn in northern New Jersey or southern New York, check out some awesome trail maps!

This title, “Jersey Highlands Trails: Central North Region,” covers much of northern Morris County and portions of Sussex and Passaic counties, and there are more than 230 miles of marked trails shown on the maps.  I had no clue there were so many trails in this area until I worked on this map!  If you’d like to do some exploring yourself, click here to learn more about these maps.


Photo #1321 – 06.27.12

Time to Print the Maps

As a cartographer, I have found many people have questions about how trail maps are made, so I am always more than happy to describe the process.  Aside from creating the maps and collecting GPS information on the trails, a big component of the process is the printing itself.  Working with large printing facilities, we print our maps on a special synthetic material called Tyvek, and this Tyvek is run through massive six-color offset printing presses like the one above.  Each ink color has a separate printing plate, and the sheets of Tyvek run through this machine from right to left to produce our popular trail maps.  It’s fascinating watching this machinery at work, so I always enjoy attending these map printings.

Tonight I’ll be in Norwalk, CT concluding a series of presentations at regional REI stores about how maps are made.  I hope I have shed some light on this topic for you as well!


Photo #1236 – 04.03.12

Hudson Palisades Trails

The cliffs of the Palisades rise up from the western shore of the Hudson River, and the Palisades Interstate Park runs along these cliffs from the George Washington Bridge northward to the NY/NJ state line.  The Long Path runs along the top of these cliffs, while the Shore Trail runs along the base.  I must say, this is one area I haven’t done any exploring, aside from driving across the bridge to and from New York City.  I’ll definitely have to check out the cliffs sometime soon.


Photo #1113 – 12.02.11

REI Store in New York City — Check Out the Glass Railing!!

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) is an outdoor recreation retailer that also operates as a co-op (which basically means the company is owned by its members).  Yesterday, I was able to attend a community reception to celebrate the opening of their first New York City store, located within the historic Puck Building in the SoHo area.  I was there as a representative of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, and if you look closely at the above photo of the store’s interior, you might notice a Trail Conference trail map integrated into the glass panels of the railing.  This map, showing the Four Birds Trail, is one of 7 that I provided to REI to use on these glass railings surrounding the 3-story staircase in the center of the store.  The store itself is an awesome space full of historical relics from the building, but in my obviously biased opinion, these map graphics that educate customers about outstanding trails in the region are definitely the coolest part of the store!

To see what this section of trail looks like on the published map, check out this previous daily photograph {photo #895}.  If you rotate the left-most glass panel 90-degrees counterclockwise, it’ll match up with the linked image above the label ‘BIRDS’.

The store’s grand opening celebration is going on all this weekend, so stop in if you are in the neighborhood (or take a special trip if you’re not doing anything…they have some nice giveaways!): www.rei.com/soho (click for details)


Photo #1053 – 10.03.11

Jersey Highlands Trails: Central North Region Map Set

The New Jersey Highlands stretch diagonally across the northern half of the state, and a great amount of parkland exists along this Highlands corridor.  The set of two maps above covers a large area of the Jersey Highlands in northern Morris County (as well as bits of Passaic, Sussex, and Warren), and more than 230 miles of marked trails are shown on the maps…I had no clue just how many trails there were in the area until I made this map!  Some of the most popular parks include Pyramid Mountain, Farny State Park, Wildcat Ridge, Mahlon Dickerson Reservation, and Allamuchy/Stephens State Parks.

So if you’re interested in doing any hiking in northern New Jersey (plenty of excellent places to check out fall foliage!), definitely check out this comprehensive set of maps (click here to check them out)!  Also, feel free to ask me about any hiking suggestions!


Photo #964 – 07.06.11

Shawangunk Trails Map Set

The Shawangunk Mountains extend from the NY/NJ border near High Point up into Ulster County to the Hudson River, and there are some excellent hiking opportunities all along the ridge.  The name is actually pronounced “Shon-Gum”…not “Scha-Wan-Gunk”…and along with the Shawangunk Ridge Trail and Long Path, Minnewaska State Park Preserve and Mohonk Preserve at the northern end of the ridge are popular destinations for hikers in the region.

The maps in the above photo were the first map set I produced (although we have just recently published a 2010 revised map).  I myself have only driven alongside the Shawangunk ridge but would like to get up there for a hike sometime…and when I do, I’ll be sure to bring along copies of these most excellent trail maps!!


Photo #895 – 04.28.11

Jersey Highlands Trails Map Set – Launch Party Tonight!

It has been many years in the making, but the Trail Conference has finally published a brand new map set, Jersey Highlands Trails: Central North Region.  This bumps up our map offerings to 11 different map sets covering the northern NJ/southern NY region, and with more than 230 miles of marked trails and more than 30 parks shown on the maps, they cover a lot of great places to go for a hike in the Highlands of New Jersey.

We are celebrating this accomplishment with a map launch party tonight at Ramsey Outdoor in Succasunna, NJ.  We’ll be thanking all the volunteers and partners that helped with this map, and Ramsey Outdoor is offering a special discount, so it should be a fun time…stop on by if you’re in the area!!

The image above shows a small section of one of the maps centered on the south end of Splitrock Reservoir in Rockaway Township.  If you’re planning on doing any hiking this year in northern New Jersey, definitely pick up a copy of these excellent maps!  Click here for more info about the maps.


Photo #784 – 01.07.11

12,000 Sheets of Catskills Maps

I always enjoy going to the printer for a map printing!  Huge printing machines, the smells of fresh ink wafting in the air, and many stacks of completed maps like in the photo above!  This particular printing was of our Catskills trail map set this past spring, and while I’m not quite sure if they are all in this shot, we had about 12,000 copies printed off (and actually, this is just one sheet of a two-sheet print job…so another 12,000 other maps are somewhere else).  These maps were drying on palettes after coming off the printer, and after a day or two (the inks need a while to soak in), the individual maps on each sheet are cut out and then folded and ready to be assembled into map sets that we can sell to outdoor enthusiasts.  I’ve been to about a dozen map printings so far, and I have a couple more coming up in the next few months.

Maps are great!


Photo #678 – 09.23.10

North Jersey Trails Map Set

It’s now officially Fall, and it is a perfect time to get outside for a nice hike as the summer heat dies down and the leaves begin to change color.  The photo above is of a map set I revised and produced last year called, ‘North Jersey Trails’, and it basically covers most of northern Passaic and Bergen Counties.  I never realized quite how many parks and miles of trails there were in this area of the state!  Ringwood State Park and Wawayanda State Park are joined by a number of other parks, including Norvin Green State Forest, Ramapo Mountain State Forest and Ramapo Valley County Reservation.

So if you’re looking to do some hiking this fall and want to explore this vast area, check out these maps!! And feel free to ask me about any hike suggestions!


Photo #612 – 07.19.10

Harriman – Bear Mountain Trail Maps

Located in Rockland and Orange counties just north of the NY/NJ border, Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks are one of the most popular hiking destinations in the New York City metropolitan area.  Harriman State Park, the second-largest state park in New York, has over 200 miles of marked trails (and plenty more miles of unmarked paths and roads).  Bear Mountain is an impressive mountain along the Hudson River, and it is also the location of the initial section of the Appalachian Trail that opened in 1923.

Right now, I’m working on an update to this map set from the previous edition.  I haven’t checked out many of the trails myself, so I would definitely like to go explore Harriman and Bear Mountain sometime.


Photo #522 – 04.20.10

Catskill Trails Map Set – Launch Party Tonight!!

After a long couple years, we finally have copies of our ‘Catskill Trails’ maps available for use by the hiking public!  And to celebrate, I’ll be at Tent & Trails in New York City with the NY-NJ Trail Conference for a map launch party tonight.  We have a lot of volunteers and other individuals to thank for all the work that went into these maps, so hopefully we have a good turnout to thank them and promote the new maps.

The picture above is a tiny section of one of the maps covering Hunter Mountain (the second tallest peak in the Catskills).  If you are interested in checking out the Catskills this spring/summer (may I suggest the Blackhead Range or Overlook Mountain??), definitely pick up a copy of these maps!  (Thanks!)


Photo #494 – 03.23.10

Kittatinny Trails Map Set

This is one of my favorite maps…probably because it covers some of my favorite local areas (High Point, Stokes, Delaware Water Gap) and it was my first major map I created from start to finish.  It’s definitely the most comprehensive map of the trails and other features in these parklands, so if you’re interested in doing anything in the outdoors this spring/summer in the area, definitely check these maps out!  Click here for more info!

This week we’ve been at the printer with our big Catskill Trails map set, which was an even bigger project than the Kittatinny Trails map set (I’ve pretty much been working on it for over 2 years).  It’s pretty cool watching the huge machines print thousands of these maps off in no time, so I’ll be sure to post some photos soon.


Photo #158 – 04.21.09

Wooden Compass

This is one of the cooler compasses I’ve come upon, laid out in various colors of wood on the floor of the Great Room at Bethel Woods in Bethel, NY.  The room itself was humongous and just an awesome structure, and the wooden floor with the big compass in the middle was just a portion of this awesomeness.  Bethel Woods is on the location of the original Woodstock festival, which was 40 years ago this year, and there is an incredible museum there of everything 60s in addition to a concert venue.  So if you’re ever in the area, check it out!