The Catskill Center
The Catskill Center stimulates, conducts, and supports integrated actions to protect vital ecosystems and unique landscapes, to enhance economic opportunities for all the region’s residents, to preserve cultural and historic assets and to further a regional vision and spirit.
The Catskill Center has been promoting the Catskill Mountain Region through regional advocacy, environmental education, arts & culture programming, invasive species management, and land protection for over 45 years.
The Catskill Mountain Club
The Catskill Mountain Club was founded in 2004 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Catskill Park. We are an all-volunteer, grass-roots, not-for-profit organization of outdoor enthusiasts dedicated to providing a wide range of non-motorized outdoor group activities throughout the Catskill Park and the larger Catskill Mountain region. These activities include hiking, camping, cycling, climbing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, kayaking and canoeing. We seek to provide recreational opportunities that meet the interests and abilities of people of all ages.
The CMC is committed to the good stewardship of our environment through a wide range of activities that are sustainable, safe and responsible. These activities include building and maintaining trails on both newly opened New York City watershed lands and on New York State park lands. We offer informative events to help our members learn about the natural and human histories and resources of the Catskills. We advocate for public policies that promote the responsible stewardship of the Catskill Park and other regional natural and recreational assets. We seek to promote the safe, sustainable and responsible enjoyment of our pristine streams and reservoirs. The CMC also promotes the improvement of regional and local economies by both providing and supporting the development of improved public outdoor recreational opportunities and facilities that are consistent with preserving and protecting natural resources.
The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
Since 1920, the Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of over 2,000 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public. We publish maps and books that guide public use of these trails.
The Trail Conference’s work in the Catskill Mountains includes trail and lean-to maintenance, repair and reconstruction. Their Catskills Trails Program supports a full-time, regional staff person who manages their programs in the Catskill Mountains, aims to spur local economic development by making the public open space lands of the Catskill Park more accessible and appealing, and engages local residents in the stewardship of Catskill Mountain Region’s trails and open space. The Trail Conference works closely with trail volunteers, state and local agencies, and community groups to enhance, promote and advocate for non-motorized recreational trails, lean-tos and open space in the region.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
The New York State DEC was created on July 1, 1970 to combine in a single agency all state programs designed to protect and enhance the environment. The mission of the DEC is “to conserve, improve and protect New York’s natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and their overall economic and social well-being.”
DEC’s goal is to achieve this mission through the simultaneous pursuit of environmental quality, public health, economic prosperity and social well- being, including environmental justice and the empowerment of individuals to participate in environmental decisions that affect their lives.