Erph Gallery One-Person Show of Quilts Makes Public the Piecework of Patricia Clark

Patricia Clark, a quilter for over 30 years will be honored September 23, with a public reception from 2-4pm, at the Catskill Center’s Erph gallery in Arkville, NY to celebrate the gallery’s one-person exhibit of her work.

In 1979, Patricia took her first quilting class and was immediately bitten by the quilting bug. In 1980, Patricia joined the Wiltwyck Quilters Guild where many (eventual) friends shared their knowledge.

Pat eventually became the program chair for the guild, a position she held for over 10 years. During that time she con- tinued to take lessons, as well as share her skills via demonstrations, lectures, special activities and workshops.

She continues to be active in WQG as well as the First Dutchess Quilters and the Skyllkill Chapter of the Embroidery Guild of America (EGA), where she participates in shows and works on community service projects.

Pat says that the recognition she received at her technical job as well as ribbons at shows was sweet, but paled in comparison to being inducted into the Catskill Mountain Quilters Hall of Fame in 1998.

Patricia’s hand appliqued and hand quilted piece "The Competition", which was inspired by Japanese family crests won Best of Show in 2000 at the Wiltwyck Quilters Guild Show in Kingston and is on display in Arkville.




New pavilion at Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper

MOUNT TREMPER, N.Y. >> State officials unveiled a new pavilion at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center on Monday.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Deputy Commissioner of Natural Resources Kathy Moser spoke at a ground-breaking ceremony for a new pavilion at the center in Mount Tremper Monday afternoon.

Joining her were DEC Regional Director Kelly Turturro, Executive Director for Catskill Center for Conservation and Development Jeff Senterman and Shandaken Town Supervisor Robert Stanley.

The new pavilion “will provide the public with a picnicking location, venue for CIC educational programs, and a place for groups to meet and start their Catskill adventures,” according to the Department of Environmental Conservation in a prepared statement.

The Catskill Center offers Three Fall Foraging Workshops

The Catskill Center offers Three Fall Foraging Workshops

Two with Chef Rob Handel and one with Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower

September 6, 2017 ARKVILLE, NY — The Catskill Center’s series of foraging, identification and cooking workshops with Chef Rob Handel, of Heather Ridge Farm and The Bees Knees Café in Preston Hollow, NY, continues this weekend at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center in Mt. Tremper.

Attendees will learn to identify edible native spring greens, be introduced to food preparation techniques like fermentation, infusion and pickling and learn best practices for wild foraging.

Following the walk, Rob will offer a wild food tasting.

Registration is required. Visit for full details and to register. Thursday, September 7, 6-8 pm

$22 per person(program limited to 20 people)

Register online or call (845) 586-2611 x112

The Catskill Interpretive Center 5096 Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY.

October 7th, Rob will offer his final foraging walk from the 2017 series at the Catskill Center’s Platte Clove Preserve. Foraging Walk, Talk and Tasting at Platte Clove

Learn more about the fall flora of the Catskills and Hudson Valley with chef and forager Rob Handel from Heather Ridge Farm and The Bees Knees Café. Rob will lead an hour long walk through the Platte Clove trails during which we’ll learn to identify wild edibles common in the region. The walk will be followed by a short presentation outlining how to use some of the products found on the walk, and a tasting of some of these wild foods.

Saturday, October 7, 3-5 pm
$20 per person(program limited to 20 people)
Register online or call (845) 586-2611 x112 The Catskill Center’s Platte Clove Preserve
2504 Platte Clove Road, Elka Park, NY

On Saturday, September 9th Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower, R.N., Herbalist and Plant Pioneers director will lead an edible foraging walk and talk at the Catskill Center’s Platte Clove.

Marguerite’s walk will include a deep inquiry regarding mutual forest intelligence. Harvesting with our senses. She sees as allies, weeds as dense nutrients and all plants as teachers of living an ecologically balanced life.

Marguerite feels, the foundation of our future resides in our ability to taste our roots (past)..

The afternoon will include a wild food tasting, as well as a sampling of drinks and their recipes. While we sit and enjoy weed foods made by Marguerite, there will be a live introduction that demonstrates - there’s a lot more going on with our plants than meets the eye. Music of the Plants technology liberates plant frequencies into sound giving them a voice, so to speak, that up until recent years has not been heard. Validating scientific literature is reviewed from the

Society of Plant Signaling & Behavior and the MINT Lab in Spain is relayed. By attending this workshop, part of the proceeds goes to bring this same workshop to children of all ages.

Through human-plant investigations and other programs (, Marguerite believes one can learn to work with plants as food and medicinal virtues, jump start genetic memory; develop human-plant reciprocity where its purpose confirms a viable future, regardless of a plants utility and restore our connection to place.


Foraging Walk & Talk and Music of the Plants September 9, 2017
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Fee: $35/person
Location: Platte Clove, 2504 Platte Clove Rd, Rte 16, Elka Park, NY
Registration: on-line or call 845-586-2611 x112




Take a Streamside Stroll along the Windham Path (with scientists!)

ARKVILLE, NY, August, 30, 2017 — The morning of September 9th, tap those in-the-know about invasive plant identifica- tion, watershed protection and stream restoration while catching breathtaking Catskill Mountain views.

Staff from the Catskill Center’s Streamside Acquisition Program and Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership are leading a guided stroll along the Batavia Kill stream in Windham as a part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble.

The scientists guiding the walk are local experts in their fields and will be sharing their expertise and enthusiasm regarding the care of streamside lands and their crucial importance for the well-being of Catskill plants, animals, and people.

The walk will be a mile-and-a-half along a level gravel path, beginning and ending at the Windham Path parking area on NY Route 23 in Windham.

Other than a water bottle, weather-appropriate clothing, and perhaps a jogging stroller for the littlest ones, no equip- ment is necessary. The walk is scheduled to begin at 10am and will take two hours. All ages are welcome to soak up a morning of family-friendly environmental education.

This event is sponsored by the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development.

For more information, please contact Julia Solomon at or 845-720-0088. Where: The Windham Path (parking area on Route 23)

When: Saturday, September 9, 10:00am - noon

Invasive Species Experts work to stop the clock on Mile-A-Minute in the Catskills and look to the public for aid

New Mile-A-Minute Infestations have been found in Woodstock, New York


ARKVILLE, NY, August, 31, 2017 — The Catskill Mountains, one of the most unique landscapes in New York State, are un- der threat from an aggressively invasive plant that could diminish the stream and forest habitats that the Catskills are so well known for.

Mile-a-minute is widespread in the lower Hudson Valley, but these are only the second and third populations that we know about in the Catskill region, with the other infestation along the Delaware River.

Now is the time to look for this plant. It is growing vigorously over other plants and is currently in flower and fruit, which makes it easier to recognize. CRISP is hoping that Catskill visitors and property owners will help to find and remove this plant.

Mile-a-minute vines have alternate, 4-7 cm long and 5-9 cm wide, light green triangular leaves. The vines are light green and become reddish as they mature. The vine stems and the undersides of leaves are covered with recurved barbs that help it to hold onto objects and climb. A unique feature of mile-a-minute is that it has 1-2 cm diameter round, flat leaves, called "ocreae," that encircle the stems at the nodes. The green fruits become blue when ripe.

Mile-a-minute is a highly invasive, herbaceous annual vine native to eastern Asia. It was unintentionally introduced in contaminated soil into the United States in Pennsylvania and Maryland in the 1930’s. It is an aggressive invader, earning its common name by its fast growth. The plant can grow up to six inches a day.

It grows as a vine, using its spines to hold and climb over other plants. It reproduces by seed and Mile-a-Minute weed is a prolific seeder. The plant flowers from late summer through October and can produce many fruit during one sea- son. Vines are killed by fall frost, but the seeds overwinter in the soil. Seeds can be viable in the soil for up to 6 years and germinate at a high rate.

Mile-a-minute colonizes disturbed areas of full sun and moist soils, along stream banks, wetlands, roadsides and in old fields. Mile-a-minute outcompetes native species by its rapid growth and ability to grow over other plants and shade them out. Its seeds can float and they can be carried downstream, which aids the spread of this plant to previ- ously uninfested areas. The main vector for seed dispersal are birds that eat the fruits and deposit the seeds in their droppings, as do mammals such as deer, chipmunks and squirrels. Recent research has found that ants may also move seeds.


Please report any observations of this plant at If you are willing to help us survey for this plant, or if you would like us to survey your property for this plant, please reach out via this link: http://



 Since 1969, the Catskill Center has led the effort to protect the more than 700,000 acres of the Catskill Park and Catskill Forest Preserve. We are the major force advocating for the Catskill region.

Our Mission is to protect and foster the environmental, cultural and economic well-being of the Catskill Region

Finding authentic inspiration in the Catskills

for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

From the edge of the peak, the view unfolded like a Romantic painting. 

Below us, verdant ridges rippled as far as the eye could see, like a stormy green ocean. Placid streams dissected deep valleys. The candy-blue sky was clear save some wisps of cirrus clouds and a pair of hawks floating contentedly on the soft breeze. A haze hung in the offing, some indeterminate distance away.

It was like America’s wilderness from another time, vast and mighty, there to be revered. It didn’t seem real.

Such are the meditations when taking in the Catskill Mountains after a rigorous hike up to the aptly named Giant Ledge — a rock feature rising above the surrounding area with a series of cliff-like overlooks that offer arguably the most satisfying perspective.

For as long as they’ve been known, the Catskills, a mountain range roughly 100 miles north of New York City that’s loosely connected to Pennsylvania’s Poconos, have captured the imagination in this way. Artists, musicians and writers have long explored the region as an idealistic rebuttal to the country’s rapidly expanding urban and industrial landscape.

Artists involved with a 19th-century movement dubbed the Hudson River School for the nearby waterway were among the first to immortalize the Catskills’ natural scenes as a sublime experience. In 1902, the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony was established on the side of a mountain providing a permanent retreat for people fleeing an increasingly complex society.


Suffice it to say that legacy has endured — perhaps to the pleasant surprise of the early pioneers. In a post-industrial world saturated with mobile information and noise, a trip to the Catskills still offers an escape that is increasingly hard to find.

My girlfriend Katherine and I took a five-day camping trip in the middle of July, sleeping in a tent in a state-run campground during the week, from Sunday until Thursday. It had always been on our map, but, a seven-hour drive from Pittsburgh, was impractical even if we had a long weekend. Knowing we had an open week coming up, we decided to go.

Planning where to stay and what to do can seem like a daunting task. 

Catskill Park, governed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, is officially about 700,000 acres spread across four counties. By design, it’s sparsely populated as far as towns go. A topographic map shows not much but rising peaks — there are 35 peaks at an elevation of 3,500 feet or higher — with some towns nestled within the valleys. 

As with any vacation centered on the outdoors, there are differingn degrees of ruggedness. For us, we owned a tent and recently bought camping equipment — a propane stove and sleeping ground mat are necessities well worth the expense — so we felt ready for several nights outside of four walls. 

When trying to pick from the several campgrounds across the park, I simply put my finger in the center of the map. We settled on a place called Woodland Valley. 

Though campground names tend to exaggerate natural features, we found it was, indeed, a breathtaking woodland valley at the base of the Giant Ledge on one side and Slide Mountain, the Catskills’ tallest peak at nearly 4,200 feet, on the other. We erected our tent on a generous patch of a nearly empty campground, as most come to stay on weekends. A brook rhythmically flowed nearby.

There are signs, too, that the Catskill wilderness framed by the Hudson River School paintings faces some encroachment today.

Where the artists truly charted new territory, a sleek marketing campaign from the Catskill Association for Tourism Services, driven by photos and short videos showing attractive and diverse millennials enjoying nature, only sells the idea of discovery.

Along with regular camping, the visitors bureau advertises to New England city dwellers places such as the Blue Hills Farm Tent & Breakfast, described as “a glamping experience reminiscent of an African safari outing” with “a plush queen-size bed” and heated bathroom. Kate’s Lazy Meadow Motel, founded by Kate Pierson, a former member of the B-52s, has “rustic luxury cabins” that offer “seclusion on a beautiful nine-acre meadow setting,” according to the website.

A ski resort distracted, if not tainted, the view from the summit of Plateau Mountain, one of the 3,500-foot peaks Katherine and I climbed our first afternoon there. And it’s easy to get lost in the abundance of hiking blogs that analyze the trails down to precise mileage and elevation.  Compare photos to decide which one has the best payoff for your exertion.  

But, taken together, the region has managed to maintain an unexpectedly authentic feel.

Although bustling with shoppers, the Catskill towns of Phoenicia, Tannersville and Woodstock avoid the degradation found in places with high tourist traffic. Quaint cafes, quiet bookstores, boutique shops and galleries line the main drag of Woodstock, most famously the namesake of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. (That was actually held 60 miles southwest in Bethel, N.Y.) 

Sure, there are a few tourist havens, if you insist on buying a tie-dye shirt or peace sign memorabilia. But the Catskills are clearly still held by artists exploring the intersection of creation and conservation.

And it doesn’t take long, pinching yourself on the peak of the Giant Ledge, to understand why. 

Daniel Moore:, 412-263-2743 and Twitter @PGdanielmoore.

The Hunter Mountain Fire Tower Celebrates 100 Years of Standing Watch

Saturday, August 19th, two dozen fire tower admirers, volunteers, and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) officials gathered atop Hunter Mountain’s 4,000-foot summit to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the mount’s Fire Tower. 

The day was summer perfection and one of the last professional Fire Tower Observers, Diann Byrne Thorpe was the guest of honor. Hunter Mountain Fire Tower Volunteer Coordinator Gordon Hoekstra hosted the event. A memorial plaque was installed as a tribute to the fire tower and the men and women who served as observers. 

In 1917, the Hunter Mountain fire tower was built at the summit of Hunter Mountain. For 72 years the Fire Tower Observers watched for forest fires from the cab atop the tower. It was decommissioned in 1989, but reopened in the early 2000’s so hikers can learn about the history of this historic landmark and enjoy the views from the top.

The event was also an opportunity to celebrate the completion of recent improvements to the fire tower by the NYSDEC and volunteers. $48,000 in renovations, including a new roof, the painting of the tower, window repair and the replacement of metal grates surrounding the fire tower landing, were completed earlier this summer.

Catskill Center Executive Director, Jeff Senterman, attended the dedication and stated: "I was delighted to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Hunter Mountain fire tower with our volunteers and our friends from NYSDEC. The Catskill Fire Tower Project is comprised of an amazing community of volunteers who welcome hikers and generously enrich their mountaintop experience."

The Hunter Mountain Fire Tower is managed by the volunteers of the Catskill Fire Tower Project. For more information, please contact the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development at 845-586-2611 or

DEC Announces Completion of $48,000 Rehab of Hunter Mountain Fire Tower

Supports Adventure NY Initiative to Connect New Yorkers with Nature

Celebration Planned Saturday, August 19, for 100th Anniversary of Tower. Our own Jeff Senterman will attend the celebration with the Friends!

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the completion of $48,000 in improvements to the Hunter Mountain fire tower in the town of Hunter, Greene County. The improvements are part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Adventure NY initiative to connect more New Yorkers with nature. In honor of the 100-year anniversary of the fire tower, a celebration is planned for Saturday, August 19, at 12:00 p.m. at the tower atop Hunter Mountain. A plaque to commemorate the 100-year anniversary will be unveiled during the small ceremony.

"Fire towers not only represent the rich history and heritage within our forest preserves, but also offer great tourism potential and magnificent views of some of New York's most prized natural areas and resources," said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. "These improvements, through Governor Cuomo's Adventure NY initiative, are just a sample of the recreational upgrades that New York has underway to better serve everyone who wants to enjoy our state's great outdoors."

The rehabilitation of the tower included replacing the roof that was damaged by high winds over the winter, painting the entire tower, replacing the metal grates around fire tower landings, and repairing the tower windows.

At 4,040 feet, Hunter Mountain fire tower is the highest elevation fire tower in New York State. The original tower on Hunter Mountain-constructed of logs-was built in 1909, and was the first of three fire towers constructed in the Catskills that year. The original tower was replaced with the current steel tower in 1917.

"We are excited to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Hunter Mountain Fire Tower," said Gordon Hoekstra, Chairman of Friends of the Hunter Mountain Fire Tower. "With enthusiastic support from the DEC and the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, the Friends of the Hunter Mountain Fire Tower Committee runs the Volunteer Interpreter Program and performs minor maintenance on the tower and observer's cabin. We are grateful to DEC for supporting and funding the Tower Rehab Project in time for today's dedication. With continued cooperation we look forward to preserving this precious historic asset for visitors to enjoy for another 100 years."

Under Governor Cuomo's new Adventure NY initiative, DEC is making strategic investments to expand access to healthy, active outdoor recreation, connect more New Yorkers and visitors to nature and the outdoors, protect natural resources, and boost local economies. This initiative will support the completion of more than 75 projects over the next three years, ranging from improvements to youth camps and environmental education centers to new boat launches, duck blinds, and hiking trails. Read more about the Adventure NY initiative.

The Catskill Fire Tower Project is a joint initiative of The Catskill Center for Conservation & Development and DEC. Through the dedication of partner volunteers and DEC staff, the last of the five remaining Catskill towers was restored and reopened to the public in 2000. Since then, volunteer-based committees organized for each of the towers have continued to maintain the structures, and in many cases renovate the observers' cabins as well. Today, a network of more than 100 volunteers also act as "summit stewards" by greeting visitors on weekends from May through October.

For more information on Fire Towers in the Catskills, visit DEC's website.

Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers at the Peekamoose Blue Hole on Friday, August 18th

Help Preserve and Protect Natural Resources While Enjoying the Outdoors

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and its Traveling Trainer team will be at the Peekamoose Blue Hole in New York on Friday, August 18th with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club), NYC Department of Environmental Conservation (NYC DEP), New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, the Catskill Conservation Corps, the Catskill Center, and the Ashokan-Pepacton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited to remove trash and learn about how to reduce impacts in the outdoors.

Scenic and popular areas such as the Blue Hole have experienced visitor-created impacts in recent years including excessive trash, social impacts, damage to vegetation and trees and trail erosion. 

“The cumulative impact of so many people enjoying a great park or beautiful public recreation area can negatively effect that place,” according to Andy Mossey, Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer. “In most cases, the land impact isn’t due to a malicious intent to harm nature and wildlife. Instead, it’s simply lack of Leave No Trace education and practices.”    

"Visitors and their economic impact are important to our Catskill communities, but it is equally important that visitors understand their potential negative impacts on natural resources and learn how to protect the Catskills for generations to come. The Catskill Mountains are home to important ecosystems, hundreds of thousands of acres of Forever Wild Forest Preserve lands, and 90% of New York City's watershed. The efforts of Leave No Trace to improve the condition at Blue Hole with the Hot Spot Program is just the forward-thinking approach necessary to bring about lasting protection to this critical natural resource." Said Jeff Senterman Executive Director, The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, Inc. (Catskill Center)

“The wild and unspoiled character of the swimming hole known as the Peekamoose Blue Hole is in jeopardy because of overuse and misuse. Leave No Trace education will help address both issues,” said Neil Woodworth, Executive Director of ADK.

"Nature attracts everybody and our challenge is to help everybody respect nature." Edward Goodell, Executive Director, New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.

"‎Visitors to our incredible natural resources have an important role to play in helping to keep them maintained and protected for others to enjoy," said Kelly Turturro, Regional Director for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. "We're proud to partner with these groups to help clean up these environmental jewels and inspire more conservation stewards in the area."

Events like these are key components of the Leave No Trace Hot Spot program, that engages community and brings solutions to popular natural areas around the country facing heavy recreational use and consequently, the threat of harm to trails, parks and open space areas. The Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers are experts that travel throughout the country providing public education on how to effectively ‘Leave No Trace’ in a fun and interactive way for all ages.

WHAT: Join the Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers and NYS DEC, NYC DEP, ADK, Catskill Conservation Corps, NY-NJ Trail Conference, Trout Unlimited and the Catskill Center for a Site Clean-Up at the Peekamoose Blue Hole
WHEN: Friday, August 18th from 9:00 am-12:00pm
WHERE: Peekamoose Blue Hole

RSVP: Current Clean up event is full, but please register for a future clean up event in September:   

Visit and to learn more about the upcoming events planned with DEC and the Traveling Trainers.  


About Leave No Trace
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in a national nonprofit organization that protects the outdoors by teaching people how to enjoy it responsibly. Their Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers are mobile teams of educators that visit 48 states every year delivering Leave No Trace programs such as Hot Spots to over 15 million people. For more information, visit: