The work of the Catskill Center presently focuses on four major program areas.
In 2012 twelve people joined the Catskill Center and the Catskill Park Coalition in Albany to demand equity in state resources for our region. The Catskill Center continues to organize the region politically for both equal representation and protection through tools like the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and Aid to Localities. In 2015, acting as co-chair of the Catskill Park Coalition, we secured funding through a significant line item in the state budget for the Catskill Park and Forest Preserve.
Few places on earth have the abundance of the Catskills' pristine natural beauty so close to so many people. With hundreds of thousands of acres of publicly accessible land, we help visitors and residents alike interpret the natural and cultural resources of the Catskills. The Catskill Interpretive Center opened summer 2015. Visit catskillinterpretivecenter.org for more info.
Through the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) we are working to turn the tide on invasive species such as Emerald Ash Borer and prevent the spread of Hemlock Wooly Adelgid through innovative work like our Save the Hemlocks biocontrol, currently being established at our Thorn Preserve.
Working in partnership with the largest landowners of the region, our innovative and groundbreaking work in stream preservation is building the architecture for the Catskills a century into the future.
Catskill Center Land Trust
The Catskill Center currently holds 17 conservation easements comprised of 43 individual parcels, totalling 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.
For detailed information on our educational programming please visit The Catskills: A Sense of Place or Streamwatch.
Catskill Center Reference Library
Catskill Center Materials
general Catskill region materials
Behind the Scenes: The Inside Story of the Watershed Agreement
These oral history interviews are made possible with funds from the Catskill Watershed Corporation in partnership with New York City Department of Environmental Protection.