Catskill Mountainkeeper Volume III Spring 2008


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Catskill Mountainkeeper Newsletter


Volume III Spring 2008

In This Issue
Mountainkeeper sues DOE
Marcellus Shale
Mountainkeeper partners with Environmental Countdown
Mountaintop to Tap video debut
No Casinos in the Catskills

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Mountainkeeper sues Department of Energy
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Eleven regional and national environmental organizations, including Catskill Mountainkeeper filed suit against the DOE over its  designation of a mid-Atlantic National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor.  To play an active role in the fight against NYRI please click on the link to sign the petition below.  


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Mountainkeeper Headquarters

The office in Youngsville is large enough for us to welcome volunteers wishing to help.     

Located at:
4054 St Rt 52
PO Box 381
Youngsville, NY 12791

(845) 482-5400

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By promoting economic revitalization, environmental protection and education, the Catskill Mountainkeeper is a grassroots advocacy organization dedicated to the wise stewardship of the region. Through a network of concerned citizens, we work to promote sustainable economic growth and the protection of natural resources essential to healthy communities.



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Greetings Catskill Mountainkeeper,



With a major victory against casinos in the Catskills, in addition to joining a lawsuit with several other organizations fighting the proposed New York Regional Interconnect high-voltage power lines, we now face another issue, drilling for natural gas in our area.  Our Catskill Trailkeeper program is fully under way and set to launch this summer.  Along with these accomplishments there is a great deal more to come!

With your continued support we will carry on our mission and prove to be a constant advocate for the environment and issues we so strongly believe in.

Yours truly,

Ramsay Adams

Executive Director


Marcellus Shale–America’s next super giant


Marcellus Shale

The search for natural gas in our area has many landowners speculating what may happen to their land and what they can do.  Catskill Mountainkeeper is researching the issue, including some of the effects drilling can have on our surrounding land.  Marcellus Shale lies under much of our area, and this has several gas companies pursuing leases on land for natural gas exploration.  For a closer look at some of the topics we are inquiring into, please click on the link below.


Mountainkeeper partners with Environmental Countdown

Environmental Countdown

Mountainkeeper has joined forces with Environmental Countdown, a non-profit video community that allows individuals and organizations to upload videos about the environment. 




Mountaintop to Tap trek video debut


Rowing Leg of Trip

The  Mountaintop to Tap video recently debuted on the Environmental Countdown website with an outstanding number of views.  Last summer, Program Director Wes Gillingham led 12 high-schoolers on a 150-mile journey from the peaks of the Catskills to New York City’s Central Park. 

Along the way, the students, along with two professionals from Delhi Stories, chronicled their journey by journal entries, photographs and video documentation.  The video was purchased by Fox News and has debuted on the Environmental Countdown website, a leader in environmental public awareness.


Click here to view the Trek video


No Casinos in the Catskills




The people of Sullivan County and the Catskills won a major victory when U.S. Interior Department Secretary Dirk Kempthorne rejected the two Las Vegas-style casinos proposed at the Monticello Raceway and along the Neversink River.

Executive Director Ramsay Adams said: "This is a tremendous victory for Catskills residents who have fought to preserve the quality of life in our region. We applaud them, including the thousands who petitioned Secretary Kempthorne through our website. This is a great opportunity for us to leave behind the divisive battle over casinos that has divided our community for so long and look to economic development we can all get behind."




Catskill Trailkeeper set to launch this summer


Catskill Mountains Hiking

The definitive guide to hiking and biking in the Catskills.  The Catskill trail system is complex and diverse.  In the high peaks of Ulster and Greene County there are world renowned trails that traverse some of the high peaks that mark the high point of the Catskill mountain range.  Sullivan and Delaware Counties are home to an extremely diverse trail system that includes foot paths, rails to trails, river walks and access to state and forever wild lands.  Schoharie, Otsego and Albany Counties provide access to acres of state land and to the world famous Long Path. 

Catskill Trailkeeper is a partnership of the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, and the Visitor’s Associations of the Catskills.  Here you can find all the information you need about trails in the region.  You can even become a Trailkeeper and help us protect and enhance the trails that criss-cross the six counties of the Catskills.  Trek up Slide Mountain or walk along the D&H Canal, bike through Woodstock or cross-country ski in Belleayre.  Try easy, moderate and difficult hikes, download maps and browse photographs and trail descriptions.  

Please look for our formal website launch in August, but in the meantime please visit our beta site:


Or if you prefer, send us an email at for more information how you can become a Trailkeeper.



Ramsay Adams                 Wes Gillingham                  Beth Scullion
Executive Director             Program Director                 Office Manager

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