Catskill Mountainkeeper Newsletter Volume I

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Protecting the Future

of the Catskills

Newsletter Volume I
May, 2007


Catskill Mountainkeeper launches with a mission:  build active network of citizens speaking out for the Catskills way of life

Seeks to unite residents from all parts of the Catskills to protect open space and promote smart growth in the region’s villages, mountains and valleys

Monticello (May 10, 2007) – Catskill Mountainkeeper, a grassroots group intended to unite the entire region’s residents in the battle to preserve the quality of life here, announced it is open for business today at a news conference in front of the Sullivan County Government Center.  "Residents of the Catskills are as diverse as in any place on earth, but one thing everyone can unite on is that this is a special region that needs its people speaking up so that its tremendous cultural and natural resources stay intact," said Joe Martens, the group’s chairman. "Catskill Mountainkeeper will build an active network of citizens to make that happen."  Martens also is the president of the Open Space Institute, one of several groups sponsoring Catskill Mountainkeeper.

The group’s key priority is to push for a comprehensive, regional vision that takes into account new thinking about smart growth and wise use of the area’s natural resources, Martens said. Working with other established groups, Catskill Mountainkeeper then will organize citizens across the region’s counties to contribute their ideas for the region’s future as part of that process.

At the news conference, members held poster-board cutouts of the region’s six counties (Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster, plus a portion of Albany County, which is geographically in the Catskills), bringing them together in a symbolic illustration of the regional unity that the group plans to foster.  The group offers free membership in keeping with its goal of having a broad spectrum of citizen involvement.
"With a combination of the web and plain old shoe-leather organizing, our goal is to bring together people who have never talked with each other and have them join in the fight to preserve the Catskill way of life," said Ramsay Adams, the executive director of the new group.

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Fighting to Protect the Catskills

The Catskill region, with its close proximity to New York City, is experiencing intense development pressures. All of New York City’s drinking water is supplied by reservoirs in the Catskills which adds an increased urgency to protecting the landscape from development and pollution. There are a number of major threats to the region including a very real possibility that five Las Vegas-sized casinos will be built in Sullivan County. A major development has been proposed at the Belleayre State Park Ski Center that includes two 18-hole golf courses, condos and a massive hotel. Similar proposals have been put forth in Ulster and Delaware Counties.

Development of roads and other impervious surfaces in the region are a major cause of the devastating flooding that has besieged the region in the last 5 years. The New York Regional Interconnect is a proposed major power line that would run from Utica to Orange County, cutting right through the Catskills — and industrial wind projects are being proposed through out the region. Farmland is being sold for development at a frightening pace throughout the Catskills and the highway system in the Catskills is already near or at capacity and is under growing pressure.

A place this spectacular only comes around every 15,000 years.  Join the Catskill Mountainkeeper and help protect one of America’s greatest treasures. 

Our Mission

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.


Ramsay Adams, Executive Director
Wes Gillingham, Program Director

Get Involved- Membership is Free

Membership in The Catskill Mountainkeeper is free and open to all individuals who have a concern about protecting the Catskills.

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Featured Article
Catskill Mountainkeeper, along with the Stroud Water Research Center, the Hudson Riverkeeper, The Catskill Center For Conservation and Development, The New York Harbor School, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and The New York City Department of Environmental Protection have partnered to organize and lead Mountaintop to Tap — a three-week trek across the NYC watershed. Wes Gillingham, Catskill Mountainkeeper’s Program Director, will be the trek leader.  Six students from New York Harbor School in Brooklyn and six students from Sidney High School in Delaware County will spend their summer break hiking and boating their way from the Catskill Mountains to New York City.                         

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In The News

The River Reporter,  May 17 – 23, 2007


Seeking a vision

MONTICELLO, NY – A new environmental and planning group aims to create a vision for the region and prevent "ill conceived, out-of-scale development."

The group’s name is Catskill Mountainkeeper, and is modeled after Riverkeeper, the environmental group that played a crucial role in bring the Hudson River back to life after it was nearly killed by industrial pollution in the middle of the 20th century.

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The Mid-Hudson News, May 11, 2007


Monticello – A new grassroots group designed to preserve the quality of life in the Catskills has been formed. Catskill Mountainkeeper was launched in front of the Sullivan County Government Center in Monticello on Thursday.

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