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. 

Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center

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 for more info.

Invasive Species Protection

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.

Stream Preservation

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.