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Welcome to the Catskill Center
Since 1969, The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development has worked to protect the natural resources of the Catskills and promote the economy for communities throughout the Catskill Park, Catskill Mountains and the entire Catskill Region.
The Catskill Center fosters and protects the environmental, cultural and economic well being of the Catskills. Our interdisciplinary approach to protecting the ecosystems in the Catskill Mountains and creating vibrant communities in the Catskills encompasses five program areas – Regional Advocacy, Regional Planning, Invasive Species Program, Education, and Arts & Culture.
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Catskill Center Newsletter: Spring 2013
“Economic Valuation Study of Public Lands in the Cantral Catskills”: Report Results
The First Catskill Park Awareness Day
Eurasian Boar: A significant threat to the Catskills
Important Updates on Belleayre Resort
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has opened the public review process and is now accepting comments on the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for the modified Belleayre Resort, the draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) for Belleayre Mountain, and the resulting Cumulative Impact Analysis.
The review of these documents will be instrumental in determining the future of the Belleayre Resort. They are the result of the Agreement in Principal developed in 2007. The Catskill Center has begun to analyze these documents and will prepare comments for NYSDEC when our analysis is complete.
NYSDEC has announced a public comment period on the Belleayre Mountain projects through June 24, 2013. They’ve also announced an informational presentation on the projects proposed in the Belleayre Mountain UMP on May 22 in Highmount, as well as a public hearing in Highmount on May 29 where the public will be able to comment on the projects.
Please click on links below for complete documents:
Economic Valuation Study for Public Lands in the Central Catskills.
This study quantifies the economic value for Catskill communities generated by recreational activities in the Central Catskills. The results show that Forest Preserve, State Parks, and other public lands in the region attract over 1.7 million visitors to the Catskills who spend over $47 million. Further analysis, details and recommendations for action are all included in the report.
Catskill Center submits comments on New York State's Revised Regulations for High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing.
Comments address: Risks to Human Health; Incompatibility with land uses of the Catskill Park; Open Storage Pits; Home Rule and the State's Compulsory Integration Laws.
The Catskill Center stimulates, conducts, and supports integrated actions to protect vital ecosystems and unique landscapes, to enhance economic opportunities for all the region's residents, to preserve cultural and historic assets and to further a regional vision and spirit.
The Catskill Center
for Conservation and Development
PO Box 504
43355 State HWY 28
Arkville, NY 12406