Sixth Annual CMC Dinner and Award Presentation
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The CMC will be holding its 6th Annual Dinner event on Sunday evening, October 8th, at 5:00 pm. We’ll again be celebrating at the Catamount Restaurant at the Emerson Resort on NYS Rte. 28 in Mt. Tremper, NY. This event coincides with the 13th annual Catskill Lark in the Park, which begins September 30th.
Members and non-members of the CMC are welcome to join the evening’s fun that will include speakers, raffles and door prizes. Once again we will be raffling off a reservoir compatible kayak package and MSR EVO snowshoes. You need not attend the dinner to purchase raffle tickets. See details and purchase tickets here.
This year’s dinner speaker:
Tom Davidock, of the NYCDEP, will speak about the evolution of the NYCDEP’s Land Management and Recreation programs over the last 20 years. Since the 1997 Watershed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), the NYCDEP has acquired well over 100,000 acres of land in order to protect its unfiltered drinking water supply. Initially, recreational use of NYC land and water was limited to fishing on the reservoirs. In recent years, and as its land acquisition efforts increased, DEP began to expand both the accessibility to its watershed lands and the allowable recreational uses by the public on them. Most DEP properties that are now open to the public are categorized as Public Access Areas (PAAs). These properties do not require an access permit and have a broadened list of allowable uses such as hunting, trapping, hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and nature watching. Additionally, some NYCDEP lands now host formal, marked hiking trails, built and maintained by partner organizations such as CMC. There are other parcels are even used by local residents for low-impact agricultural activities such as harvesting maple syrup and hay (with a permit). Tom will share with us this interesting and exciting story of how recreation on DEP lands evolved over time and will continue to do so in the future. While DEP has the responsibility of protecting the drinking water for more than 9 million people, it is also committed to taking actions that benefits the quality of life of residents and the local economies in our watershed communities. Recreation is an important part of this commitment and one that it will continue to enhance in the years to come.
The Emerson Resort is located at 5340 NYS Route 28, between the hamlets of Phoenicia and Boiceville, in Mt. Tremper, NY. It is roughly 30 minutes from both Kingston (in the east) and Margaretville (to the west).