The Catskill Center is excited to announce that Michael Drillinger, currently our Coordinator for the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center (CIC) will be transitioning to a new role as the Land Trust Manager for the Catskill Center.
As the CIC Coordinator at the Catskill Center since the beginning of 2015, Michael led the efforts to open the CIC in July of 2015 and since then has been responsible for the day to day management of the CIC in the interest of its mission to help visitors and residents learn about the natural, recreational, cultural, agricultural and historical resources of the Catskills. Today, the CIC consists of an approximately 62-acre site, which includes the CIC building; approximately 1 mile of walking trails, road and parking improvements; and an informational kiosk that provides visitors with Catskills information when the CIC is closed.
As a land trust, the Catskill Center currently holds 17 conservation easements comprised of 43 individual parcels, totaling 2,550 acres. In addition to our easements, we own and maintain four properties comprised of 9 individual parcels for a total of 367 acres. These include our Thorn Preserve and Platte Clove Preserve, both of which are open to our members and the public year-round.
As the new Land Trust Manager, Michael will be responsible for the land trust functions of the Catskill Center, where he will lead the effort to become an accredited land trust. He will work to standardize our record keeping, improve communications, and improve public access and stewardship at our two preserves.
Since 1969, the Catskill Center has led the effort to protect the Catskills. Our Mission is to protect and foster the environmental, cultural and economic well-being of the Catskill region.