Catskill Mountainkeeper Newsletter Volume II


From: Ramsay Adams <[email protected]>
Subject: News from Catskill Mountainkeeper
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                           Newsletter–Fall 2007, Volume II

                          Protecting the Future of the Catskills

In This Issue
Send a message to Kempthorne
NYRI opposition
Mountaintop to Tap
Our Mission
 Fall in Catskill Mountains

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Greetings from Catskill Mountainkeeper!  

Since our May launch and our last newsletter, we’ve been very busy at Catskill Mountainkeeper–with our billboard on Route 17, the Mountaintop to Tap trek led by program director Wes Gillingham and a move to our new office in Youngsville.
We’d love to see you there at our open house–we’ll send you a "save-the-date" reminder soon. At the open house, we’ll report about some of our other projects, including our work to protect farmland and promote smart-growth ideas across the Catskills.


But before that, please take a moment to send a direct message to Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne opposing the massive, out-of-place casinos proposed for Sullivan County.


Finally, please consider sending us an end-of-the-year donation to keep our new group growing!
Yours truly,
Ramsay Adams, Executive Director

Send your message to Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne  



As we’ve traveled and spoken with groups in the Southern Catskills, we find that there is strong opposition to the proposals for massive casinos in Sullivan County–even though casino boosters claim no one objects to these Las Vegas-style proposals. 

promoters themselves have submitted to the federal government.  Our billboard on Route 17, shown above, makes that point.
And, as our petition states, there will be "negative impacts on police and emergency services, open space and farmland."  One of the proposed casinos–along the storied Neversink River–calls for 17 restaurants and five bars!  The increased competition wouldn’t boost restaurant business along Broadway Monticello–or help other businesses much either.
What can you do?  Right now, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne is deciding whether to give Empire Resorts and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe permission to build a $600 million Las Vegas-style off-reservation casino in Monticello.
Help Kempthorne make the right call for our region.


One problem:  huge traffic congestion predicted in the documents that the

Proposed High-Voltage Power Lines Spark Local Opposition


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Local representatives are fuming over the Federal Department of Energy’s designation of two National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors.  This is the first step that New York Regional Interconnection needed to build its high-voltage power line. The Northeast Corridor extends 200 miles from Oneida County to Orange County. The high-voltage powerlines are 110 feet tall and will run through our towns, homes, and countryside.   


Catskill Mountainkeeper is dedicated to stopping NYRI and is working in conjunction with the many elected officials, groups and individuals who oppose this massive power-line scheme.
Visit the Stop NYRI website to find out information about the anti-NYRI coalition and how you can help.

Mountaintaintop to Tap Trek:  Program Director Wes Gillingham  

Rowing Leg of Trip

This summer, Program Director Wes Gillingham kicked off Catskill Mountainkeeper’s education program by leading 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–six from Sydney High School in Delaware County and six from the New York Harbor School in Brooklyn–learned the history of the watershed and the politics of protecting the Catskills and the Hudson River.


Wes reports:
"We hiked through the Slide Mountain wilderness on our way to Kingston, then boarded row boats and rowed 50 miles down the Hudson River to Croton Point Park.  We made our way over to the Old Croton Aqueduct, which then became our trail to NYC.  All along the way we met with scientists, activists and politicians.  During these three weeks of hiking and rowing, we learned everything we could about the NYC/Catskill watershed area. 

Our group got to hear the real-life childhood stories of Margaret Dolan Smith before eminent domain took her family’s home to flood the Rondout Valley. We tested water in a rainshower at 4,000 feet the day we crossed over Slide Mountain and found the rain had a 4.6 ph, acid rain.  These students learned about the watershed through real life experience not just as isolated facts.  They now have both an intellectual and physical understanding of the NYC Watershed system.

We now have twelve young people who have a heartfelt relationship with the Catskills, the best advocates for our future."

Take a look at the pictures below and visit the trek homepage at the Stroud Water Research Center’s site.  Stroud and many organizations also sponsored the trek.


Click on the links below to see more pictures!


Mountainkeeper Moves to Youngsville  

We hope to see you soon at the open house for our new office in Youngsville.  The office is large enough for us to welcome volunteers wishing to help.         The office is located at:


  4054 State Route 52, PO Box 381

  Youngsville, NY 12791

  (845) 482-5400

Our Mission  
  Rowing Leg of Trip

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
Beth Scullion, Office Manager

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