Catskill Mountainkeeper is committed to being the strongest and most effective
possible advocate for the Catskill region; working through a network of concerned citizens we promote
sustainable growth and protect the natural resources essential to healthy communities.
A Mid-Summer Afternoon Supper to Benefit Catskill Mountainkeeper
On Saturday, July 13th, join us for a special late-afternoon summer supper as we celebrate the seasonal bounty of the Catskills at Neversink Farm. You are invited to tour the farm while enjoying delicious, locally-sourced foods that have been thoughtfully prepared by James Beard award-winning chef, Patrick Connolly. Bring the whole family and enjoy a slow summer afternoon strolling through the lush fields and rolling riverside pastures of Neversink Farm. Sample fine foods and beverages amongst gorgeous cut flower and vegetable fields, while listening to the old-timey sounds of the Poison Love string trio.
When: Saturday, July 13th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM Where: Neversink Farm in Claryville, NY.
Purchase your ticket by June 30th and take advantage of our special Early Bird admission*.
Adults - $50 Youth - $20 Children under 5 - Free
To purchase your tickets today, click here
All proceeds from the event go to support the work of Catskill Mountainkeeper.
*Beginning July 1st, tickets will be $60/adult and $25/youth
REGION — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is touting the beneficial impacts of its reservoirs and other holdings on the Catskills, which are highlighted in a new study commissioned by the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development (CCCD), Catskill Mountainkeeper (CMK), and Catskill Heritage Alliance (CHA).
According to the study, outdoor recreational activities that rely on public and protected lands attract a total of 1,717,927 visitors annually. These visitors had an estimated economic impact on the region’s economy of $46,207,000 and supported 980 jobs. Furthermore, all outdoor recreational activities, including both those that rely on public and protected lands and those that rely on private lands, attracted a total of 2,496,753 visitors. These visitors had an estimated economic impact of $114,768,000 on the region’s economy and supported 2,413 jobs.
“This economic impact study confirms with hard data the exceptional economic potential of this landscape of mountains, forests, streams, farmland and villages,” said Kathy Nolan, chair of the Catskill Heritage Alliance. “It shows the choice before us in dollar terms: erode what nature gave us and undermine our economic sustainability, or build on the potential to strengthen the economic future of the region.”
“The new numbers confirm what we’ve known for a long time,” echoed Ramsay Adams, founder and executive director of Catskill Mountainkeeper. “The natural beauty of our region is a unique, world-class asset.”
Carter Strickland, the commissioner of the DEP, which employs nearly 1,000 people in the watershed, said, “We are proud that our efforts to encourage recreation throughout the watershed have strengthened the tourism economy that has been a hallmark of the Catskills for decades. New York City currently owns 114,833 acres in the Catskills that are open for fishing, hiking, boating and other forms of low impact recreation that attract people from other regions of the state and country. In the past five years alone, we have removed the permit requirements from 52,198 acres of that recreation land, making it even easier for our neighbors and visitors to enjoy.”
The economic impacts generated by recreational activities, and of the operations of organizations that protect and manage the natural areas of the Catskills, were estimated using the Money Generation Model (MGM) economic impact. These models were developed for the National Park Service and have been used for similar evaluations of many parks around the country. READ THE ENTIRE RIVER REPORTER ARTICLE HERE
WATCH THE VIDEO PRESENTATION BY STUDY AUTHOR BRIAN ZWEIG, KATHY NOLAN FROM MOUNTAINKEEPER AND OUR OTHER STUDY PARTNERS.