Fly Rod & Reel Magazine (blog)-Nov 15, 2013
Two years ago, Catskill Mountainkeeper and our allies rallied activists across four states to put pressure on the DRBC to cancel a high-stakes .
Codewit World News-Nov 6, 2013
Opponents of casinos, which include conservative think tanks and Catskill Mountainkeeper, have questioned their economic impact. Casinos .
Now More than Ever, Eco-tourism is Key to Reviving Tourist Industry
That’s something we love to do at Catskill Mountainkeeper. Our trail systems, and even our backcountry roads, in Sullivan County and the Catskills are some of the best in the nation.And over the last year, Trailkeeper.org, part of our Trailkeeper Network® initiative, has been a big part of our work to promote eco-tourism. Trailkeeper.org is a great online resource for hiking trails and local area attractions and amenities in Sullivan County that has drawn the attention of eco-friendly tourists, and encouraged them come to our area.
Amendment passed in New York State and we are likely to be the site of at least one casino, we can’t forget the importance of promoting eco-tourism in our Catskill Mountain region. That’s not only in terms of preserving our beautiful, but fragile ecology, but also in attracting potentially millions of non-gambling tourists to stay and spend in our region.
Will you take a picture of a special place in the Delaware River Basin that you don’t want destroyed? Or a picture of your family, your friends, your pets, or an important “reason to protect” the Delaware that you are willing to share with the officials at the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), who will ultimately decide the fate of our treasured river valley?
Every photo will be printed and included in a scrapbook that we will present to the Commissioners at their December 3rd public meeting, and you are welcome to join us.Please snap a photo of a special place you don’t want destroyed, a picture of your family, your friends, your pets, or an important “reason to protect” that you want to share with these officials who have maintained this moratorium.
IMPORTANT: Submit your photo no later than November 22nd to our partner, the Delaware Riverkeeper, at: [email protected] to make sure we can include it in the scrapbook.
The statewide referendum to allow 7 state sanctioned casinos in New York State passed on election day. The result is that the Catskill region will see at least one Las Vegas style casino. Mountainkeeper opposed the referendum and made the case that the costs outweigh the benefits. Now Mountainkeeper will work with the Governor, local elected officials and developers to ensure that the best location is chosen and that the negative impacts of a casino are mitigated as much as possible. We want to make sure that the casino succeeds and has a positive impact on the region. The referendum promised to create jobs, lower taxes and support education- we will work to make sure those promises are fulfilled. There is a thoughtful editorial on this in the Albany Times Union and we encourage everyone – both proponents and opponents of the referendum to read it here: