Renewed Commitment to Catskill Forest Preserve

July 22, 2019
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference


Renewed Commitment to Catskill Forest Preserve
Catskill's View of Slide Mountain from Orchard Point. Photo by Steve Aaron.


Trails in the Catskills are cared for by volunteers who are outdoor-lovers just like you!

Late last year the Trail Conference signed a new 5-year Catskill Forest Preserve Trail and Lean-to Maintenance Volunteer Service Agreement (VSA) with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

This renewed commitment comes at a time when visitation and tourism to the area are on an upward trajectory. It’s encouraging to see people connecting with the great outdoors; however, this influx means the trails need to be stewarded and cared for more than ever. That TLC comes from volunteers working under our agreement with DEC.

Are you ready to be part of the team that cares for the trails and lean-tos in the Catskills? If so, email us at We have lots of ways to get involved, including:

There is a lot of work to be done and we need more people in order to properly care for the trails. Help us protect the land you love!