November 7, 2009, New York Post: BEAR-ABLE HUNTING NUMBERS Catskill Bear Hunt Down %40


BEAR hunters in the Adi rondacks have had a much tougher time of it than those who hunt the southern part of New York.

The early season take in the North Country was down by 75 percent from 2007, but the numbers seem to be rebounding for the regular season hunters with the take running about 50 percent greater than last year. If the remainder of the regular season is productive and reporting rates are good, it is suspected we’ll see a slightly higher total take.

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November 6, 2008, Times Herald Record: Sullivan County Community College To Build Huge Wind Turbine

Huge wind turbine will be built soon
Officials break ground at SCCC for energy-producing phenomenon

Officials sip sake Wednesday at a Japanese-style ceremony for the wind turbine to be erected at Sullivan County Community College this fall. From left, Sam Ikeda, president of Environmental Technologies; his wife, Tomoko; Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, D-Forestburgh; Sullivan County Legislature Chairman Jonathan Rouis; and Dr. Mamie Howard-Golladay, president of Sullivan County Community College.Times Herald-Record/MICHELE HASKELL


LOCH SHELDRAKE — Sullivan County Community College broke ground on Wednesday for construction of an energy-producing wind turbine that will be the first of its kind in the world and could cut the college’s electricity bill by half.

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November 5, 2008, Albany Times Union: Stockbridge-Munsee Sue DOI for Off-Reservation Catskills Casino

Bush administration sued over ruling blocking Native American Catskills casino

November 5, 2008 at 4:34 pm by James M. Odato

The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans  has sued the U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and other DOI officials alleging they arbitrarily and capriciously denied the tribe’s application to take land into trust in the Catskills earlier this year.
The tribe contends the DOI made unsupported assumptions in a supposed “guidance” document that imposed new requirements on the location of off-reservation casinos.
The Wisconsin-based tribe lodged its suit was filed in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York.
The Tribe first submitted its application to take land into trust in Sullivan County to operate a gaming facility in what it says is its ancestral New York homeland nearly seven years ago.
The tribe has offered to settle its claim to land in Madison and Oneida counties for the rights to develop a casino in the Catskills.
“With the largest projected state deficit in recent memory and an economic collapse not seen since the Depression, our proposal for economic stimulation in the Catskills must be given a fair review, as we are entitled by law,” said Robert Chicks, President of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, Band of Mohican Indians.

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Catskills Geology

Valley and Ridge Province

The erosional characteristics of the sedimentary rock formations exposed along great anticlines and synclines of the Appalachian Mountains are responsible for the characteristic Valley and Ridge topography. Durable layers of sandstone and conglomerate form ridges, whereas less resistant limestone and shale underlie the valleys in the region. Along the eastern margin of the Valley and Ridge is the Great Valley, a broad valley underlain by Cambrian and Ordovician shale and carbonate rocks that weather and erode faster that more durable sandstone and conglomerate that crop out in ridges and plateaus to the west (see Figure 52). It extends southward from the Adirondack Mountains region, encompassing the upper Hudson River Valley between the Taconic Mountains (to the east) and the Catskills (to the west). It gradually bends westward into northern New Jersey, forming a broad, low valley broken by long, low ridges. It is bordered by the Highlands of the Reading Prong on the south and east, and the high ridge of Kittatinny Mountain to the west. In New Jersey and western Pennsylvania, Kittatinny Mountain represents the eastern-most hogback ridge of Middle Paleozoic rocks of the Valley and Ridge. North of New Jersey the characteristic folds of the Valley and Ridge fade into the nearly flat-lying strata of the Catskills region and the Allegheny Plateau region of western New York and Pennsylvania. In the New York Bight region, the Allegheny Plateau and the Catskill Mountains of Pennsylvanian and New York are the northern extension of the greater Appalachian Plateau.

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Catskills Geology


Devonian conglomerate crops out along the ridge top of the east-facing Catskill front in North Lake State Park (near Tannersville, NY).

Uplift from the Acadian Orogeny in the New England Region resulted in the erosion and deposition of large quantities of sediments into a fluctuating shallow sea that covered most of eastern North America during Devonian time. The Catskills region was proximal to the Acadian Highlands, and therefore received a vast supply of sediments. (The boundary between the two geologic regions is a line approximating the location of the modern Hudson River; the Acadian Highlands was to the east. To the west was an alluvial plain that grew and shrank with the rise and fall of sea level.) Sediments of Devonian age accumulated as a sedimentary wedge to as much as 10,000 feet in the Catskills region; these sedimentary deposits are thickest in the east and grow progressively thinner westward and southward. Massive accumulations of conglomerate and sandstone exposed along the eastern edge of the Catskills plateau led to an early interpretation that the Catskills formed as a great delta-type deposit, similar to the modern greater Mississippi Delta. However, complexities in the sequence of the sedimentary formations throughout the greater Catskills have been revealed from more recent geological investigations. A new perspective of the Catskills sedimentary sequence is model of fluctuating shorelines and prograding alluvial environments along the western margin of the Acadian upland. Farther to the west massive quanities of organic-rich mud accumulated in a deeper restricted seaway basin. Today, these organic-rich deposits represent the oil and gas shales that are abundant throught the Appalachian basins and plateaus of the Ohio Valley region.

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November 2, 2009, Mid Hudson News: Home Sales Rebound in Hudson Valley and Catskills

Home sales rebound

HUDSON VALLEY-CATSKILLS – Sales of existing single-family homes in the Hudson Valley and Catskills have made somewhat of a comeback.

While most, if not all, counties faces losses for the past several months, a number saw increased sales in September 2008 when compared to the same month last year, according to the New York State Association of Realtors.

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October 31, 2008: New York Times: View From the Blog about the Catskills

View From the Blog

Published: October 30, 2008

LAST year, right around the time his clique of Hamptons summer share pals fell apart, Nick Baily and his wife, Rebecca Phillips, fell in love with the Catskills.

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2008 Sullivan County Second Home Owner Study

2008 Second Home Owner Study

Between 2001 and 2007, the County experienced a 65 percent increase in second home ownership. For example, the Sullivan County Division of Planning, using tax roll data from the Sullivan County Office of Real Property, established that 6,089 second home owners existed 2001. In 2007, the Division, again using tax roll data, revealed that 10,085 persons owned a second home in Sullivan County, and an additional 6,196 people owned vacant land in the County with a full-time residence outside of Sullivan County.

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