The Catskill Center is dedicated to conservation in the Catskill Mountains and Catskill Park, and to creating opportunities for communities throughout the Catskill Region. Our unique balance of Regional Advocacy, Environmental Education, Promoting the Region, Arts & Culture programming, and Invasive Species work help to keep our region’s natural resources and communities vibrant.
Right Now At The Catskill Center
Check out our Fall 2013 Newsletter for more information on how conservation is creating opportunity in the Catskill Region. Updates on projects and partnerships are a highlight this fall. Learn more about The Catskill Center’s efforts!
We are hiring 2 Student Conservation Association interns for 2014. The positions are:Biological Control Assistant and CRISP Outreach Assistant. You can view the full position descriptions by clicking HERE and searching by location “Arkville”. Click here to learn more about CRISP.
CRISP takes a stand against Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
CRISP recently began a release of predators to biologically control Hemlock Wooly Adelgid. CRISP began by commissioning the collection of 500 Laricobius predators, the most effective for Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, from Washingston State. These predators were released at Mine Kill State Park. Mine Kill State Park was selected for release as the stands of hemlock there are still healthy, and in the very early stages of infestation, so the predators will have plenty of adelgids to eat. With this initial collection of 500 bugs, CRISP released about 150-200 per tree and will continue to monitor them over the coming years to make sure they are establishing. Learn more about Laricobius and other biological control efforts on our Invasive Species Page or read our FACT SHEET here.
Design has begun on the Maurice Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper, NY. NYSDEC will design and build the facility, a partnership between DEC, The Catskill Center, and Friends of The Catskill Interpretive Center. The Catskill Center has preliminary designs on display.