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Dig The Who?

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Dig the Who?

When you hear the name “Dig The Falls”, you may wonder what we do. Do we excavate waterfalls? Do we like it when people fall down? No, but close!

Dig The Falls is the name given by Founder Edward Smathers back in 2005 when he set out to create a database of New York State waterfalls and a New York waterfall map. It simply means we dig (like) waterfalls!

But what is it that we do? Well, it started as a waterfall database in 2005 and chugged along, compiling data on hundreds of waterfalls across the state. Then, a few years ago, Dig The Falls began to evolve to embrace the conservation side of outdoor activity.

As we visited more and more waterfalls and heard of vandalism, littering, and people getting hurt at waterfalls, we felt a duty to get involved. We decided to add safety and conservation to our focus. In fact, these two aspects are now at the forefront of what we do!

Just a couple hours of cleaning up the trails produced this!

In 2018, our work grew to include partners and projects we would not have thought of in previous years. Joining the mission to open The Narrows trail system in Troy, NY was a huge step for us. After years of stagnation, the existing trails there were not marked and had become inundated with trash, including dozens of tires and two vehicles (one being in a creek). We have also participated in I Love My Park Day and held a number of cleanup days at public areas and state parks around NY.

We are also available to help private landowners who have waterfalls on their property, and work with municipalities to ensure any areas that are posted or off-limits to the public, are listed as such or removed, to help prevent accidental or intentional trespassing.

While conservation is vital, so is safety. We have taken steps to promote safety and personal responsibility when doing any outdoor activity. We published a rebuttal to a New York Times article last year where the author seemed to place the blame on social media rather than holding individuals accountable for their own actions. As if Instagram itself compelled people to knowingly ignore warning signs and situations that one would normally consider too dangerous, to get a photo. You can read our article here.

We are also available to help private landowners who have waterfalls on their property, and work with municipalities to ensure any areas that are posted or off-limits to the public, are listed as such or removed, to help prevent accidental or intentional trespassing.

We firmly believe that personal responsibility and education on outdoor activities are key to reducing accidents. Through our own blogs and articles, as well as writing for other regional websites and magazines, we are doing what we can to spread the importance of preparedness and safety while enjoying the outdoors.

Poestenkill Gorge Garbage Cleanup Help Needed Volunteers

Just a fraction of what needs to be removed from along the trails at The Narrows in Troy.

Additionally, we are also contributing a scholarship for Paul Smith’s College where students study environmental sciences and conservation.

So far in 2019, Dig The Falls has joined the fight against invasive species in New York by partnering with the Capital-Mohawk PRISM and working toward the goal of the NYS Invasive Species Comprehensive Management Plan, as well as creating channel partnerships to help promote small and local businesses. We also anticipate the beginning of the Adirondack Fifty Falls Challenge to help spread out the high influx of visitors to the Adirondacks High Peaks Region.

So that’s Dig The Falls in a nutshell. Working to promote stewardship and conservation of waterfall-bearing public and private natural areas, and helping small businesses flourish. We are committed to leaving a legacy of service to our communities, and a cleaner, more enjoyable outdoors for coming generations.

If you’d like to join our team or for  information on partnerships, CLICK HERE.

Click here to view our New York State waterfall map.

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