FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : Kimberly Hawkey to Headline Catskill Center Fall Gala

Plus the unveiling of the Future CIC

October 28, 2017 ARKVILLE, NY — The Catskill Center will feature Kimberly Hawkey of Elvanelle Music during its 2017 Fall Gala.

On Saturday, October 21, the Catskill Center will host the Fall Gala at the Catskill Interpretive Center (CIC) in Mount Tremper, New York. The evening’s activities include music, food and drink, unveiling new plans for the CIC, and enjoy- ing good company, The Gala is a benefit the CIC, the first and only visitor information center dedicated to the Catskill Park.

During the Gala, jazz singer Kimberly Hawkey will perform with her three-person band—Kimberly’s joy in traditional jazz promises to make for a wonderful evening. The Gala will also feature a roaming supper by Ate O Ate Catering. and the unveiling of designs for new exhibits at the CIC.

Guests will be treated to a peek into the creative minds of Greg Mihalko and the design firm Partner & Partners, who will present the concept for new CIC exhibits, interactive displays and a fresh new interior.

The Catskill Interpretive Center’s mission is to help visitors and residents discover the many attractions, activities, and natural resources available throughout the Catskill Park and region. The CIC is a partnership of the NYS Depart- ment of Environmental Conservation and the Catskill Center. It is operated by the Catskill Center, a nonprofit organi- zation who operates the facility thanks to individual donations, grant funding, and the hard work of many volunteers.

The Catskill Center is thrilled to have Emily Fisher chair the Fall Gala Honorary Committee and have many generous supporters join the committee.

The Fall Gala is possible thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Margaretville Telephone Company and many local businesses.

The Fall Gala will be held at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper, New York, on Saturday October 21 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM. For more information please contact the Catskill Center at, 845-586-2611,






Since 1969, the Catskill Center has been a major advocate and participant in nourishing the environmental and eco- nomic health of the New York state Catskill Mountains.

Ballot proposal would ease park restrictions

Written by Joe Mahoney CNHI State Reporter for the Daily Star

With no organized opposition and a bevy of civic, environmental and business groups supporting it, a non-controversial ballot proposition set to go before New York voters on Nov. 7 would seem to be a slam dunk for passage.

The measure, known as Proposal 3, would give town and county governments in the Adirondacks and Catskills new flexibility to straighten out road curves, run power lines or put in bicycle paths in the forest preserve land that enjoys strong protections in New York's state constitution.

But those urging a "yes" vote on the proposal say that heading into the homestretch of the election season they have one worry: All the noise being generated over an unrelated ballot item — Question One — that asks voters to authorize a state constitutional convention. Major unions and several other interest groups have turned up the spending in recent days to urge a "no" vote on that ballot question.

"We just hope people don't get confused when they go in to vote on these proposals," said Brian Towers, president of the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages and the town supervisor of Wells, a community in Hamilton County,

He and others pointed out that the question asking voters to approve a constitutional convention has nothing to do with the authorization for a constitutional amendment that would create a new 250-acre land bank for the Catskill and Adirondack forest preserves.

The forever wild designation given to the preserve has posed "real life problems" that jeopardize the health and safety of residents and visitors to those regions of upstate New York, he said.

Towers contended that it makes no sense to force local governments to go through a cumbersome two-year process to get a constitutional amendment every time they decide to straighten out a hazardous curve, replace a culvert or improve the grading of a roadway.

Typically, he said, such projects would disturb only a very small piece of preserve land adjacent to the road.

He credited state Sen. Betty Little, R-Queensbury, for forging an alliance of supporters for Proposal 3, one that includes such diverse members as the Nature Conservancy, the state Conservative Party and the New York State Association of Counties.

Little said in an interview that many roads in the "forever wild" preserves evolved from paths along streams. "We have places where the curves in the roads are ridiculous — but it's forest preserve, so you can't take down a tree when you need to straighten out the road," she said.

The senator said it was important to build a broad-based coalition of supporters to maximize the chances the proposal will be embraced by voters statewide. Some, including her, wanted to enhance the ability of developers to run natural gas lines into the protected lands, but she said that would have divided those working to get all on board.

"We just couldn't have that in order to have the support of the environmental community," Little said.

The ballot measure would authorize the state Department of Environmental Conservation to begin the land bank by acquiring 250 acres of private property. That land would be used to offset any tracts that are disturbed by the kinds of limited projects allowed by the amendment, which include the installation of broadband equipment.

Little said there would be strong safeguards, with all projects being monitored by state environmental regulators or the state Department of Transportation.

While the impact of the proposal is surgically aimed at the forest preserves, supporters hope it generates enthusiastic support throughout New York.

The New York State Association of Counties said local governments in the state parks have had to forgo simple projects that improve public safety and convenience because of restrictions governing the forever-wild land.

"This proposal is a commonsense fix that would make it possible for communities in the two parks to expedite critical infrastructure projects, improve utilities and provide enhanced safety for residents and visitors," NYSAC said.

A "yes" vote is also being urged by one of the most influential conservation groups in the upstate region, the Adirondack Council.

"In cases when just a tiny amount of land is involved, it makes sense to have a system that allows communities to go ahead with these projects under rules that make sure they are carefully thought-out before they are applied for," said John Sheehan, the council's spokesman.

He noted local government leaders will still have to get a constitutional amendment for projects that impact more than a mile of road in the forest preserve.

If the question is approved, Sheehan said, "it will make it easier for communities to remain modern and be sustainable. It will also help people avoid becoming too frustrated with the constraints of the forest preserve. Since we have the best forest protection law in the world, we want to keep it that way. Part of the reason why it's so good is it's ironclad."

The measure is also being promoted by the Catskill Center, a nonprofit organization in the Delaware County hamlet of Arkville.

Jeff Sentermen, the center's director, said the amendment would retain important protections for the Catskill Forest Preserve lands.

"Broadband expansion can proceed more quickly and much needed health and safety improvements will move ahead in a clearer and more direct way when Forest Preserve Lands are involved," Sentermen said in a statement.

Joe Mahoney covers the New York Statehouse for CNHI’s newspapers and websites. Reach him at

Winter is coming — time to stack up on books!

ARKVILLE, NY — The Catskill Center will hold its first annual Catskill Center Book (and Aerial Photography) Sale on the front porch of the Erph Center (43355 Route 28 )in Arkville, NY, Sunday, October 8, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Books, used and new, will be available including children’s books, coffee table books, nonfiction, mysteries, cook- books, and of course, natural history books, outdoor guidebooks, and books about Catskills history and culture.

Aerial photographer Tim Bookout, of New York Aerials, donated an enormous stack of large photographic prints of var- ious villages and hamlets in the central Catskills to the Center and those photos will be included in the sale.

All proceeds will benefit Catskill Center programs and services.





Since 1969, the Catskill Center has been a major advocate and participant in nourishing the environmental and eco- nomic health of the New York state Catskill Mountains.

DEC Breaks Ground on New Outdoor Pavilion at Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center

 DEC Breaks Ground on New Outdoor Pavilion at Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced plans for a new outdoor pavilion at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center (CIC) in Mt. Tremper, town of Shandaken, Ulster County, during a formal groundbreaking ceremony. The new outdoor pavilion will provide the public with a picnicking location, venue for CIC educational programs, and a place for groups to meet and start their Catskill adventures. The improvements are part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Adventure NY Initiative to connect more New Yorkers with nature.

Governor Cuomo and U.S. Climate Alliance Announce States are on Track to Meet or Exceed Targets of Paris Climate Agreement

Governor Cuomo Announces Ambitious Expansion of NY Green Bank to Grow Sustainable Infrastructure Financing and Combat Climate Change 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the members of the U.S. Climate Alliance - a growing coalition of 14 states and Puerto Rico committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions - are collectively on track to meet and possibly exceed their portion of U.S. commitment under the Paris Agreement. The announcement was made after the release of an independent report showing that U.S. Climate Alliance states are on track to reach a 24 to 29 percent reduction in emissions from 2005 levels by 2025, fulfilling their contribution to the Paris Agreement targets...

Ten days of Catskill discovery and adventure kick off September 30 via the 14th annual Lark In the Park

Over the course of the Lark’s 10 days, hundreds of people get outside and annually enjoy the late-summer Catskills, take group hikes and paddle on the Pepacton Reservoir.

Outdoor workshops are offered as various as fly-fishing to nature photography, from kayaking to leave-no-trace. Edu- cational walks and talks about the local Catskills history, ecology, invasive plants, mushrooms and local wildlife are also offered.

Maintenance workshops to improve the Park’s 350 miles of foot trails and lean-tos are another part of the annual programming.

Says Executive Director Jeff Senterman, "The Catskill Center couldn’t be more excited for Catskills Lark in the Park 2017. With hikes to the fire towers, trail maintenance and volunteer clean-up days, and new activities like outdoor yoga sculpt, this year’s Lark promises to have something for everyone.

Early October is my favorite time of year to recreate in the Catskills and I encourage everyone to get out and enjoy one or many events during Lark in the Park!"

Lark events are held throughout the Park within Delaware, Greene, Sullivan and Ulster counties. Events are open to the public — many require pre-registration.

A sample of thisyear’s schedule includes:

Three day/Two night Backpacking Essentials Hike September 30 @ 2:30 pm - October 1 @ 5:00 pm
An experienced long distance hiker will host a backpacking hike/workshop for aspiring and novice backpackers.

Paddle on the Pepacton
September 30 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Shavertown Boat Launch on NYS Rte 30
Kick off the Lark in the park witha beautiful paddle on the scenic Pepacton Reservoir.

Film Screening: America’s First Forest: Carl Schenk and the Ashville Experiment September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm , Open Eye Theater in Margaretville, NY
Sponsored by the Catskill Forest Association, America’s First Forest explores how, at a critical time, an extraordinary group of men converged at the magnificent Biltmore Estate in North Carolina to address a critical question: Could the Scientific Revolution stop the Industrial Revolution from destroying America’s forests?

Yoga Hike to Terrace Mt, via Wittenberg Trail October 8 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Nothing like the mountains, yoga and friends. Come keep this Yogi company for this LARK IN THE PARK day in the Catskills.

Catskill Mountain Club’s Annual Dinner October 8, 5 pm
The feature event of the Lark is the Catskill Mountain Club’s annual dinner, this year being held October 8th at the Em- erson Resort in Mt. Tremper. Take a chance on winning a new Kayak or snowshoes and learn DEP’s role in the Catskills along with a great meal.

All events, as well as the dinner, can be viewed and registered for on the Lark’s website at, or follow the Lark on Face book (

The Lark was started in 2004 by the Catskill Mountain Club (CMC), also founded in 2004 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Catskill Park. The Lark was created to recognize and celebrate the 1904 creation of New York’s Catskill Park.

Since its inception, the Lark has brought together thousands of people as dozens of organizations host hundreds of recreational events, all aimed at heightening the awareness of the Catskill Mountain region of New York State and the Catskill Park.

Activities have included organized hikes, bicycle trips, paddles, stewardship, cultural and educational events. The co- ordination of the Lark is managed through a partnership between the Catskill Mountain Club, The Catskill Center, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

The Catskill Park and its Forest Preserve is a 705,000-acre patchwork of public and private lands in the Catskill Moun- tain Region of New York State. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is responsible

for managing the 350,000 acres of "forever wild" forest preserve lands within the Park. The primary objective being to provide public outdoor recreation and access. In addition to the forest preserve lands, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) owns and manages over 150,000 acres, protecting New York City’s watershed for drinking water. The remaining property withinthe Park is owned privately.

For more information about Catskills Lark in the Park please visit or call 845-586-2611.

Mount Tremper Fire Tower Celebrates 100th Anniversary!

To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Mount Tremper Fire Tower, volunteers of the Catskill Fire Tower Project are hosting a gathering at the tower Saturday, September 23, at noon.

Tremper Mountain has some of the best views of the Catskill Mountains. While standing in the cab of the tower, one can see over twenty of the high peaks.

Hikers climb to an elevation of 2,740 feet, and are met by the tower. Standing only 47 feet high, the tower itself is one of the smaller towers in the Catskills. When standing inside the tower, one feels as if they are inside of a teacup, sur- rounded by 360 degree views of the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson River Valley.

The trail to the top of Mount Tremper is approximately three miles long. The trail is rated as moderate to difficult, but breathtaking views at the top are worth every step up the trail.

Fun Fact: Tremper Mountain is part of the Long Path. The Long Path is from NYC to Altamont (Albany co). It is current- ly 358 miles, but it is still being developed. The long path will eventually connect with the Northville-Placid Trail at Northville.

Tremper tri-fold link: Mount+Tremper+Map.pdf

For more information about the Mount Tremper Anniversary Celebration or the Catskill Fire Tower Project, please visit or contact, 845-586-2611.


Erph Gallery One-Person Show of Quilts Makes Public the Piecework of Patricia Clark

Patricia Clark, a quilter for over 30 years will be honored September 23, with a public reception from 2-4pm, at the Catskill Center’s Erph gallery in Arkville, NY to celebrate the gallery’s one-person exhibit of her work.

In 1979, Patricia took her first quilting class and was immediately bitten by the quilting bug. In 1980, Patricia joined the Wiltwyck Quilters Guild where many (eventual) friends shared their knowledge.

Pat eventually became the program chair for the guild, a position she held for over 10 years. During that time she con- tinued to take lessons, as well as share her skills via demonstrations, lectures, special activities and workshops.

She continues to be active in WQG as well as the First Dutchess Quilters and the Skyllkill Chapter of the Embroidery Guild of America (EGA), where she participates in shows and works on community service projects.

Pat says that the recognition she received at her technical job as well as ribbons at shows was sweet, but paled in comparison to being inducted into the Catskill Mountain Quilters Hall of Fame in 1998.

Patricia’s hand appliqued and hand quilted piece "The Competition", which was inspired by Japanese family crests won Best of Show in 2000 at the Wiltwyck Quilters Guild Show in Kingston and is on display in Arkville.




New pavilion at Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper

MOUNT TREMPER, N.Y. >> State officials unveiled a new pavilion at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center on Monday.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Deputy Commissioner of Natural Resources Kathy Moser spoke at a ground-breaking ceremony for a new pavilion at the center in Mount Tremper Monday afternoon.

Joining her were DEC Regional Director Kelly Turturro, Executive Director for Catskill Center for Conservation and Development Jeff Senterman and Shandaken Town Supervisor Robert Stanley.

The new pavilion “will provide the public with a picnicking location, venue for CIC educational programs, and a place for groups to meet and start their Catskill adventures,” according to the Department of Environmental Conservation in a prepared statement.

The Catskill Center offers Three Fall Foraging Workshops

The Catskill Center offers Three Fall Foraging Workshops

Two with Chef Rob Handel and one with Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower

September 6, 2017 ARKVILLE, NY — The Catskill Center’s series of foraging, identification and cooking workshops with Chef Rob Handel, of Heather Ridge Farm and The Bees Knees Café in Preston Hollow, NY, continues this weekend at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center in Mt. Tremper.

Attendees will learn to identify edible native spring greens, be introduced to food preparation techniques like fermentation, infusion and pickling and learn best practices for wild foraging.

Following the walk, Rob will offer a wild food tasting.

Registration is required. Visit for full details and to register. Thursday, September 7, 6-8 pm

$22 per person(program limited to 20 people)

Register online or call (845) 586-2611 x112

The Catskill Interpretive Center 5096 Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY.

October 7th, Rob will offer his final foraging walk from the 2017 series at the Catskill Center’s Platte Clove Preserve. Foraging Walk, Talk and Tasting at Platte Clove

Learn more about the fall flora of the Catskills and Hudson Valley with chef and forager Rob Handel from Heather Ridge Farm and The Bees Knees Café. Rob will lead an hour long walk through the Platte Clove trails during which we’ll learn to identify wild edibles common in the region. The walk will be followed by a short presentation outlining how to use some of the products found on the walk, and a tasting of some of these wild foods.

Saturday, October 7, 3-5 pm
$20 per person(program limited to 20 people)
Register online or call (845) 586-2611 x112 The Catskill Center’s Platte Clove Preserve
2504 Platte Clove Road, Elka Park, NY

On Saturday, September 9th Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower, R.N., Herbalist and Plant Pioneers director will lead an edible foraging walk and talk at the Catskill Center’s Platte Clove.

Marguerite’s walk will include a deep inquiry regarding mutual forest intelligence. Harvesting with our senses. She sees as allies, weeds as dense nutrients and all plants as teachers of living an ecologically balanced life.

Marguerite feels, the foundation of our future resides in our ability to taste our roots (past)..

The afternoon will include a wild food tasting, as well as a sampling of drinks and their recipes. While we sit and enjoy weed foods made by Marguerite, there will be a live introduction that demonstrates - there’s a lot more going on with our plants than meets the eye. Music of the Plants technology liberates plant frequencies into sound giving them a voice, so to speak, that up until recent years has not been heard. Validating scientific literature is reviewed from the

Society of Plant Signaling & Behavior and the MINT Lab in Spain is relayed. By attending this workshop, part of the proceeds goes to bring this same workshop to children of all ages.

Through human-plant investigations and other programs (, Marguerite believes one can learn to work with plants as food and medicinal virtues, jump start genetic memory; develop human-plant reciprocity where its purpose confirms a viable future, regardless of a plants utility and restore our connection to place.


Foraging Walk & Talk and Music of the Plants September 9, 2017
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Fee: $35/person
Location: Platte Clove, 2504 Platte Clove Rd, Rte 16, Elka Park, NY
Registration: on-line or call 845-586-2611 x112