Massive Threats to the Catskills

The Catskills are our home, a true New York treasure. But each and every day they’re threatened by various projects that could change the face of our Park and Region forever. That’s why it’s so important for you to join us in Albany on February 5th to advocate for the place we love so much.

 

On February 5th Mountainkeeper and our allies at the Catskill Park Coalition will be meeting with New York’s legislative leaders, senators and assembly members, and key regulatory staff to make our case for funding. With all of the special interests in Albany trying to get money for their pet projects, we need to stand out. To do that we’ll need YOUwith us, telling your story, and making the case for the Catskills.

We’re asking for:

  • State investment in the Park and stewardship activities to ensure that our trails are clear and clean, and our facilities are inviting to the millions of people who visit each year;
  • Smart growth grants for our communities, to help our towns and cities grow sustainably;
  • Department of Environmental Conservation and Forest Ranger staff to keep our park safe and our forests healthy;
  • Resources to fight the hemlock woolly adelgid--the little bug threatening to decimate the Catskills’ keystone species, the majestic hemlock tree;
  • Green infrastructure funding to ensure that as we make critical infrastructure updates, we’re choosing renewables and water conservation;
  • Support for the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center, upgrades toBelleayare (not related to resort expansion), new funding for the Scenic Byways, and a mountain biking plan at Shandaken.

Join us in Albany on February 5th.

Where: Legislative Office Building, Third Floor Terrace overlooking The Well
When: 9a - 4pm February 5th

Questions? Email beth@catskilllmountainkeeper.org

Thank you, and see you in Albany.

Ramsay Adams, Executive Director

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