DEC Deputy Commissioner Honored at Catskill Center’s Summer Gathering

July 18, 2017: The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development honored Kathy Moser, Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, with the Alf Evers Award for Excellence during their 2017 Summer Gathering. Ms. Moser was given the Catskill Center’s most prestigious award for her outstanding work to advance outdoor recreation opportunities and communities in Catskill Park.

The Catskill Center Presents: The Hudson River School of Art and the Ice Age

July 10, 2017:  From 7-8pm, on Saturday, July 22nd, renowned geologists Robert and Johanna Titus will present: The Hudson River School of Art and the Ice Age at the Catskill Center in Arkville.  

This talk will be the first offering of the 2017 Catskill Center’s Member Program Series.

The Titus’ propose a unique look at the inspiration behind the Hudson River School of Art. “Our hypothesis is that these American landscapes were largely the products of erosion and sculpting done by ice age glaciers. We will survey some of these famous sites – Kaaterskill Clove, the Catskill Front and the Hudson Valley – and describe their ice age origins.”

painting by Thomas Cole 

painting by Thomas Cole 

“The Hudson River School of Art was America’s first art movement. Founded by Thomas Cole and Asher Brown Durand, its artists painted the Catskills as they were in the middle 19th century when they were still wilderness. Our native landscape art differed sharply from what was being done in Europe where landscapes were typically park-like. This uniquely American view helped lead to a new appreciation for the wilderness and its preservation.” – Robert and Johanna Titus

This is the first of four programs from the Catskill Center’s exclusive Member Program Series. Curated to educate and inspire, the series is open to all members of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development. If you are a member and would like to attend, please register in advance by contacting us at or by calling 845-586-2611.

For information about joining the Catskill Center please visit: or call 845-586-2611.


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Catskill Center celebrates at the Peekamoose Restaurant with their Annual Gathering

ARKVILLE, NY  July 3, 2017 —  July 15th, the Catskill Center will be hosting their 2017 Summer Gathering at the Peekamoose Restaurant and Tap Room.  

Every year, the Center sets aside a day to honor individuals whose work benefits the Catskill Park and the entire Catskill region, review accomplishments of the year past and discuss the Center's plans for the future.

This year, the Catskill Center will be celebrating Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Kathy Moser, with the Alf Evers Award for Excellence in recognition for her commitment to outdoor recreation opportunities and communities in Catskill Park.

Former Catskill Center Board of Directors Chair, H. Claude Shostal will be honored with the 2017 Ginsberg Award for his years of service. The Catskill Center will also recognize Douglas Hamilton with the Volunteer Recognition Award for his 18 years of exceptional volunteer service throughout the Catskill Park and with the Catskill Fire Tower Project.

“We are thrilled to be hosting a full-house at the Peekamoose Restaurant and acknowledging the exceptional efforts of our honorees at the Summer Gathering,” stated Jeff Senterman, Executive Director of the Catskill Center. “We are also very thankful to the Margaretville Telephone Company for sponsoring the Summer Gathering.”

The Summer Gathering offers a rare opportunity to enjoy a farm-to-table lunch at the Peekamoose Restaurant and Tap Room in Big Indian, New York.

For more information about the Summer Gathering, please visit or contact the Catskill Center at 845-586-2611 or



Kathy Moser

Kathy Moser

Peekamoose - Big Indian, NY

Peekamoose - Big Indian, NY

Catskill Center Statement on 2nd Passage of Article XIV Amendment to Create a Health & Safety Landbank for the Forest Preserve

On June 29, the legislation to amend Article XIV of the New York State Constitution passed both houses of the New York Legislature.  If adopted by voters, it would create a 250 acre land bank in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks.  The land bank would be available to municipalities to address highway and bridge safety as well as water supply issues where no feasible alternative exists.  For a constitutional amendment to be enacted, it must pass the Legislature for two consecutive years and then be presented to the voters for a final decision.  This approval marked the second year in a row that the amendment passed both houses of the Legislature.  This measure will now make its way onto a ballot for a statewide referendum.

Catskill Center Statement on the Second Passage of the Amendment:

From Jeff Senterman, Executive Director of the Catskill Center:

The approval of this amendment represents a great opportunity for communities of the Catskill Park while retaining important protections for Catskill Forest Preserve lands. Broadband expansion can proceed more quickly and much needed health and safety improvements will move ahead in a clearer and more direct way when Forest Preserve Lands are involved.  The Catskill Center is grateful for the hard work of the Assembly and the Senate, including Assemblymembers Cahill and Gunter and Senator Bonacic, and for the collaborative spirit all stakeholders engaged in to get us to this point.


Thursday Mornings Trail Tales Storytime at Catskill Interpretive Center

Mt. Tremper, NY – Bring your little outdoor explorer for stories, songs and hands-on nature activities under the trees on our beautiful, fully accessible nature trail.

Every Thursday morning in July and August (10:30-11:30 am), Catskill Center staff and special guests will lead “Trail Tales Storytime” at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mt. Tremper. Each week's theme will be inspired by the local environment. 

This program will happen rain (inside) or shine (outside). We recommend sunscreen, hats, bug spray, and good shoes. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the program!

Recommended for ages 3-7 and an adult caregiver. Free.

For more information visit

The Catskill Center expands its ranks with a Director of Communications

ARKVILLE, NY, June, 21, 2017 — Things are happening at the Catskill Center. As they enter their 48th year of advoca- cy and action in the Catskills, Delhi resident, Heather Phelps-Lipton joins the team as Director of Communications. Phelps-Lipton is thrilled to be joining Executive Director, Jeff Senterman and the recently returned Jonathan Moge- lever to help ferry the Center into their 50th year.

Heather comes to the Center from a career in photography (specializ- ing in lifestyle stories and events) and brings with her all the skills that a freelance life and the communication department of a busy non-prof- it require.

Heather’s home is on the edge of the little Delaware River. She consid- ers stream-side living and a yard filled with beautiful old hemlocks and yet ringed with knotweed, makes her life a virtual case study in the concerns of the Catskill Center.

Heather’s work has been shown in San Diego, LA and New York.

Her editorial work has been published in the NY Times, NY Magazine and the Watershed Post

Get your Citizen Scientists on : put your smartphone habit to good use at Bioblitz 2017

Friday, July 29th 8am-10pm
Saturday, July 30th, 9:30am – 5:30pm
Woodstock, NY

Presented by the Woodstock Land Conservancy together with the Catskill Center, Bioblitz 2017 will pair scientists and expert naturalists with normal people to study and document the current state of biodiversity at the Thorn Preserve in Woodstock, NY.

The beautiful 60-acre Thorne Preserve contains various habitats: a stream, a pond, wetlands, forest, and open mead- ow habitats. Participants can expect to learn about life in the stream, birds, trees, wildflowers, reptiles and amphibi- ans, butterflies, wild and domestic bees,  invasive plants and various soils.

Scheduled events include a bird walk, an introduction to the smartphone app, Inaturalist and Friday’s explorations will continue after dark — hello bats and owls!

At 2016’s event, over 280 species were identified at the preserve.

Participation is free, no experience is necessary and citizen scientists of all ages are welcome, but please, dogs must stay at home.

A base camp tent will be on site as a place to gather, relax, discuss finds and compile data, peruse guide books and collaborate.

Biodiversity is the diversity of life within a given area. It is a powerful indicator of environmental quality. An ecosystem under any kind of stress, such as pollution or habitat fragmentation, will show a drop in biodiversity.

Data collected at the BioBlitz will be used to study the changes that occur at the Catskill Center’s Thorn Preserve and to make thoughtful management decisions to preserve the biodiversity of the habitat.

Advance training to become a citizen scientist and help scientists record data or take photos at the BioBlitz are scheduled for two dates in July (both are optional and free) at the Thorn Preserve: Wednesday July 19, 2017 at 6pm and Saturday July 22, 2017 at 10am.

Thorn Preserve 55 John Joy Road
Woodstock, NY 12498

Rain date is July 30, 2017.


Visit for the complete schedule and to sign up (optional) or contact Georgia Asher at


Books: Catskill Center to hold book fair June 24

The Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center on Route 28 in Mount Tremper will present its second annual Book Fair on Saturday, June 24. More than 70 publishers, exhibitors, authors, filmmakers, poets, songwriters and workshops will be featured at the free event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Read the full story at the Times Herald Record...

DEC Announces Summer 2017 Oak Wilt Management Actions in New York State

DEC Announces Summer 2017 Oak Wilt Management Actions in New York State

State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced plans to manage the spread of the invasive species that causes oak wilt disease and confirmed that the 15 trees infected by oak wilt in New York during 2016 have been removed. DEC is continuing to monitor for additional infection sites in cooperation with state and local partners, including the Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic (PDDC) at Cornell University, and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM).

Conservation collaboration in the Catskills

A region as large and diverse as the Catskills can only thrive when organizations collaborate toward common goals. Since 1969, the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development has worked with many partners to preserve scenic lands that sustain our vibrant communities. We understand that people in the Catskills prosper within natural environments that attract visitors and outdoor enthusiasts to drive the economy.