Fracking Extreme Energy Climatekeeper Catskill Edible Garden Project Buy Local Renewable NY Parks and Trails Trailkeeper Network Casinos

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.

Latest Developmentsview all


Mountainkeeper Presents Taste of the Catskills



Two of the most anticipated and fantastic events of the year are teaming up. Columbus Day weekend, Catskill Mountainkeeper will be presenting its 6th annual Barnfest celebration at the incredible Taste of the Catskills Festival in Delhi, NY.

Maple Shade Farm
, home of Taste of the Catskills, will once again provide a picturesque and historic setting for an entertaining weekend of music, family activities, local food and beer, regional vendors, fireworks, hayrides, puppet shows and celebrities. Join thousands of other festival goers in celebrating all things Catskills.

On both days at 4pm, Catskill Mountainkeeper will present its Barnfest program, along with weekend-long educational workshops and activities on the opportunities and challenges facing the Catskills. Find out more about what Mountainkeeper is doing about these issues, and how you can help.


Come and join us as we celebrate the natural beauty and creative communities of the Catskills! Save one date for two great events. Check back for more details soon.

Mountainkeeper Presents the Taste of the Catskills Festival at Maple Shade Farm, Delhi, NY Columbus Day Weekend Saturday, October 11 – Sunday, October, 12
Doors open 10am and gates close after dark
Rain or Shine




BBC World News Travel Show: Christa Larwood is in the Catskills featuring CMK’s Ramsay Adams and Historian John Conway

Can Dirty Dancing resorts recreate their glory days?


New York’s Catskill Mountains is an area of outstanding natural beauty and sleepy rural towns.

But in the 50s and 60s it was a different story – crammed with visitors it was the top tourist destination in the whole of the United States.

But it fell out of fashion and those tourists started holidaying elsewhere.

Now there are plans to turn the area once more into a grand resort as Christa Larwood reports.

Available since: Monday

Poll: Majority in S. Tier, Finger Lakes oppose fracking

Jon Campbell,

The poll is one of the first to attempt to gauge the feelings of residents within the Marcellus formation, which is valued by gas companies.

For six years, public-opinion polls in New York have shown voters effectively split on the issue of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

But what about voters within the boundaries of the Marcellus Shale, the gas-rich rock formation that covers much of the Southern Tier and Catksills?

A Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll released late Wednesday showed 51 percent of voters in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes opposed hydrofracking, compared to 39 percent in support. Half of voters in the Catskills and parts of the Hudson Valley opposed hydrofracking, with 35 percent supportive, according to the poll.

“While our statewide polling has consistently shown New Yorkers to be closely divided on fracking, here in the areas close to the proposed drilling, a majority now says no,” Siena Research Institute Director Don Levy said in a statement. “Despite the allure of needed jobs and economic development, more voters in these areas are tipping their internal scale due to environmental concerns.”

The poll is one of the first to attempt to gauge the feelings of residents within the Marcellus formation, which is valued by gas companies. High-volume fracking — a much-debated technique necessary to unlock gas from tight shale formations — has been on hold in New York since 2008, pending the completion of a review by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration.

New York Top Court OKs Local Drill Bans

UPDATE: One of the leading opponents of the natural gas extraction method of hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – in Sullivan County and New York State cheered the appellate court’s decision to uphold local drilling bans.

“It’s a huge day for communities in New York,” said Wes Gillingham of Sullivan County-based Catskill Mountainkeeper.

Five towns in Sullivan have passed laws to ban fracking. Two, Delaware and Fremont, passed resolutions supporting it.

In Ulster County, Marbletown, New Paltz, Olive, Woodstock, and Saugerties are among the municipalities that have banned fracking, while Warwick did the same in Orange.

– Steve Israel


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s top court has ruled that local officials can approve zoning laws to ban hydraulic fracturing within their borders.

The state Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed a lower court ruling that state oil and gas law doesn’t trump the authority of local governments to control land use.

The two “fracking” cases have been closely watched by drillers hoping to tap into New York’s piece of the Marcellus Shale formation and by environmentalists.

Drilling opponents say more than 170 towns have passed bans or moratoriums.

To read the complete article, visit