The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development

Founded in 1969, The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development is a membership organization that serves the seven counties of the Catskill Region. Our mission is to protect and foster the environmental, cultural and economic well being of the Catskill Mountain Region. Our interdisciplinary approach to protecting our ecosystems and creating vibrant communities encompasses four program areas – Arts & Culture, Education, Natural Resources, and Regional Planning.


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Delaware & Ulster Railroad

Hop aboard this Scenic Train Ride and unwind during a leisurely-paced excursion through the legendary Catskill Mountains, offering some of the country’s most magnificent scenery.

Trains embark on a round-trip between Arkville, NY and Roxbury, NY.

Special Events Include:

  • Train Robberies
  • Twilight Rides
  • Dining Options
  • Group Visits

E-mail: tours@durr.org

(800) 225-4132 or (845) 586-DURR

"Quick burst" of snow to hit Catskills this afternoon

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Above: Snow falling thick and fast at 11:40 a.m. in Margaretville at the WP HQ. 

This winter isn't over yet. The National Weather Service in Albany is predicting that a "quick burst" of 1 to 3 inches of snow will fall in the eastern Catskills this afternoon -- specifically in Greene, Schoharie and Ulster counties. The snowfall rate will be heavy -- about an inch per hour.

It has already started snowing that hard in Margaretville. See our video above.

The precipitation may become freezing rain as the temperatures rise just above 32 degrees, according to Hudson Valley Weather:  Read more

NYC mayor appoints Emily Lloyd as DEP commissioner

Above: New DEP commissioner Emily Lloyd and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday in the Blue Room at City Hall, where de Blasio announced the appointment of Lloyd and two other city administrators. Photo courtesy of Mayor de Blasio's office. 

Former New York City Department of Environmental Protection commissioner Emily Lloyd is getting her old job back, city mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday at City Hall. 

Lloyd headed the DEP from 2005 to 2008 under former mayor Michael Bloomberg. She resigned from the post in October of 2008, in a move that drew some speculation at the time about whether her departure was connected to controversy over the ballooning costs of the agency's Croton filtration plant  Read more

DEP police sign a new contract with de Blasio administration

Photo illustration. The reservoir in the background is the Pepacton in Delaware County; photo by Timothy Cox, shared in the Watershed Post's Flickr group pool.

A union representing about 200 watershed police working for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently signed a contract with the city's new mayor, Bill de Blasio.

The DEP police contract -- the first labor contract signed under de Blasio's administration -- follows almost a decade of wrangling over the status of the DEP's officers, who have long performed many of the duties of police without the same level of benefits as other city police officers.  Read more

Log Cabin in Margaretville NY

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Home on The Range! This property is suited to the most discerning equestrians! 40.31 acres of panoramic perfection with not another house in sight. With 3 massive bedrooms & 3 full baths this Custom Beaver Mountain Log Home is big enough for the whole Ponderosa. The great room has a stone fireplace + 15' cathedral ceiling. radiant heat throughout. The eat in kitchen is no less than custom with granite counter tops, wood grain fridge & solid wood cabinets. The formal dining room brings the outdoors in surrounded by windows & dripping with views. The master bath has a steam shower, sauna & jacuzzi tub. There is a full finished basement adding 1911 sq ' to it's living space. The wrap around deck is a proscenium arch to some of the most majestic views of mountainous terrain Delaware County has to offer. The detached garage has a second floor for guests or the caretaker. 4 bay horse barn with electric, water, horse fencing + stadium lighting! This property is bordered by a rushing stream.

Price: $775,000  Read more

Three locals face felony drug charges after Thruway stop

Two Margaretville residents and a Saugerties man face felony drug charges, after a search by a state police K-9 turned up almost 700 envelopes of heroin in the car they were traveling in.

On Sunday, Feb. 16 around 11:30 p.m., state police patrolling the New York State Thruway in the Rockland County town of Clarkstown pulled over a 1998 Dodge Stratus for vehicle and traffic infractions, according to a police news release. After the traffic stop, "Marty," a police K-9, alerted troopers to heroin hidden in a dashboard panel and the center console of the car. Troopers found 695 glassine envelopes of heroin, stamped with the brand "5 Star," and syringes. 

Arrested were 36-year-old Joshua Levine and 31-year-old Debra Osborne, both of Margaretville, and 41-year-old Charles Hall of Saugerties. All three face charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, and possession of a hypodermic instrument, a class A misdemeanor. Levine, who was driving the car, was also charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs.  Read more

Delaware County Sustainable Energy Symposium

March 8, 2014 - 8:30am

Pre-register by February 28 Email: kelly.blakeslee@co.delaware.ny.us

Saturday March 8, 2014

Farrell Hall – SUNY Delhi - Delhi, NY

8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Save money, energy and environment

Learn about proper construction materials, cutting edge technologies, landscape design techniques and “Green” building designs

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Delaware County travel advisory lifted

The worst is over. Yesterday's travel advisory for Delaware County was lifted at 11:51 a.m. today via email by Delaware County Sheriff Tom Mills: 

Per Order of Delaware County Sheriff Thomas Mills:

Effective immediately, the travel advisory for Delaware County has been lifted. 

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