During the day of advocacy, attendees met with and educated dozens lawmakers, both from the Catskills and from the rest of New York State, about the importance of the Catskill Park and the Catskill Forest Preserve to the region’s local communities, visitors, and New York State. Those visiting that day were members of the Catskill Park Coalition - an alliance of like-minded groups committed to broadening public appreciation for the park and seeking resources to enhance and maintain it.
During the visit, the Catskill Park Coalition requested the following from Albany in 2015:
- Environmental Protection Fund: Support the creation of a dedicated line of $4 million in the Environmental Protection Fund for the Catskill Park.
- New York State Forest Rangers: Fully fund an Assistant Forest Ranger Program in NYS DEC Regions 3 & 4 and establish a 2015 Academy for Forest Rangers.
- Land Protection: Act on a number of priority parcels for acquisition in the Catskills.
- Recreation Plan for the Park: Help to secure funding to conduct a planning process for a Catskill Park Recreation Plan.
- Catskill Association for Tourism Services: Support additional funding in the amount of $100,000 for CATS to implement its marketing program in 2015.
Learn more about the 2015 Catskill Park Awareness Day on the Trail Conference's event page and on the Coalition's event page.
trips to the Catskill Mountains and the Catskill Park?
Read up on the Catskill Park at our Catskill Mountains Information Page for hikes, advice, travel and planning information. We also have a Guide to Hiking in the Catskills available and on our sister site, ReviewThis is a Guide to the Catskill Park. Need a hiking map for your hikes in the Catskills? We recommend the Trail Conference's Catskills Trails 6-Map Set. These maps are the best available for hiking and outdoor adventures in the Catskills and the Catskill Park. How about a guidebook? Both AMC and ADK publish trail guides to the Catskill Region and the Adventures in the Outdoors Bookstore carries many more books and maps that will help you as you hike and explore the Catskill Mountains region.