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Catskill Cornucopia 2.18.2011 Learn how parkland in the Adirondacks and the Gunks has contributed to the economic health of local communities. A presentation in 4 parts by Kenneth Strike and Brian Zweig at the Asokan Center in Olivebridge, N.Y.

Economic Benefits of Parkland Part 1 - Kenneth Strike


Economic Benefits of Parkland Part 2 - Kenneth Strike


Economic Benefits of Parkland Part 3 - Brian Zweig


Economic Benefits of Parkland Part 4 - Brian Zweig



Matt Frisch and family


The Tanbark Trail by Dave Channon


Shandaken published! Local author Mary Herrmann’s book on the history of Shandaken has just been published by Arcadia Publishing and is available for purchase at the Shandaken Historical Museum. The book is filled with black and white photos from the Museum’s archives. Stop by the Museum (hours Friday, Saturday, Sunday noon to 4 pm) or order by mail: Shandaken Historical Museum, PO Box 678, Pine Hill, NY 12465. The cost is $22.00 plus $1.75 for tax. Mailing is $2.38. Make checks payable to Shandaken Historical Museum. All proceeds go to the Museum. The book can also be ordered online through Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


Catskill Interpretive Center Kiosk Dedicated 

    The site of the future Catskill Interpretive Center, situated along Route 28 in Mt. Tremper, with its wide paved roads and well kept lawns, is a popular place with bird watchers, dog walkers, motorists needing a rest, and Shandaken Day organizers. Now, with the kiosk officially dedicated and open for business, that's starting to change.
    The kiosk offers a vision of what's to come: a full-blown interpretive center for the Catskills. Information panels about natural and human history and recreational and tourism opportunities give visitors and residents alike an overview of what the Catskills has to offer, with suggestions of where to start their explorations. The kiosk itself also offers visitors relieve from sun and rain. It's ideally situated along the Rt. 28 highway, with a view of an expansive, undeveloped ridgeline--signature Catskills scenery that makes our mountains unique.
     The kiosk is a product of a collaborative effort by several groups: Friends of the Catskill Interpretive Center, NY Department of Environmental Conservation, Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, Central Catskills Collaborative, and the SUNY Delhi Architectural Design and Building Construction programs, which designed and built the kiosk. Funding for the Center will come from public and private sources, with local U. S. Congressman Maurice Hinchey leading the way by securing $380,000 of federal money.
     The kiosk and future Center represent an approach to the Catskills that CHA supports: interpretation of the Catskills' natural and cultural resources in a way that encourages members of the public to explore the Park and region on their own and an easily accessed facility that can serve as an entry point, meeting place, and learning center.
For more information about the kiosk and Center, visit the website of the Friends of the Catskill Interpretive Center (


The CHA, Holz Farm & 4H at Shandaken Day 2010

Kathy Nolan & Beverly Rainone at CHA tent

Milk & wool animal waiting to be petted

Kathy Nolan and the 108 ways to earn a living in the Catskills




Stream cleanup volunteers - Beverly Rainone was there, too. She took the photo. Saturday, June 13th, 2009

CHA had a booth at Fleischmanns Day May 23, 2009

Catskill Heritage Alliance Chairman Richard Schaedle, an avid skier who has skied at the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center for some 40-plus years, is joined by other members of the Save The Mountain coalition in enthusiastically celebrating the start of the ski season at Belleayre. “It’s the public’s ski center, and it deserves public funding,” Schaedle said.

Carolyn Zolas, Julie McQuain and Dave Channon on Manhattan Cable TV discussing Belleayre on the "Conversations with Harold Channer" show. March 13, 2008


Video of the Belleayre Snowball demonstration...

600 people boo the developer at a public hearing...

Belleayre: The Last Resort - Coming! a new documentary about the Belleayre resort.

The Environmental Expo at the Community Center in Woodstock was a lot of fun and very informative. We got lots of new people to sign up for our mailings, some new members and sold a few T-shirts, too!

Catskill Heritage Alliance Members Pitch In To Help Clean Up The Pepacton And Ashokan Reservoirs & Other Catskill Waterways.



Fall Music & Family Fun Festival II

It was a huge success - here are a few pix of the day

Fun Fest Fotos by Tequila Minsky

Photos by John Carney

The nearly empty Scoharie Reservoir and Gilboa dam under construction in background on August 25, 2006

Owned by City of New York Department of Environmental Protection, the Scoharie Reservoir holds 20 billion gallons of water. In October, 2005 the dam was found to be at risk of failure. 8,639 people live in the four towns within 20 miles downstream. The city now has an emergency repair in progress. Also, an improved portal intake is planned that should reduce turbidity in the water released into the Esopus Creek. SEE MORE PHOTOS>>> --- Visit DEP website and for more information.

A view of the Gilboa dam showing structural damage

Construction under way








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