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Catskills ski mountains get creative during no-snow December

Above: The slopes at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in Highmount on Dec. 16. Photo by Rebecca Andre. 

Snow guns are blazing at all four Catskills ski resorts as unusually warm weather—and a distinct lack of snowfall—puts a damper on the start of the ski season.

This year’s December has been unseasonably warm, thanks to a strong El Nino effect.

The weather is upending normal activities during beginning of winter in the Catskills, which started on Tuesday, Dec. 22. Skiers aren’t flocking to the mountains as they normally do right after Thanksgiving.

Instead, flocks of geese are floating peacefully on the unfrozen waters of the East Branch. Daffodils are sprouting, golfers are playing on snowless greens and salt piles remain untouched in Delaware County as the Highway Department concentrates on getting ahead of 2016’s tree program.

“It’s been a bleak beginning to December,” said Jesse Tolz, the communications manager for Windham Mountain in Greene County.  Read more

The Growing Deer Debate – Captured on Halloween

First, Some Clarification

You may have missed the Catskill Forest Association’s – The Growing Deer Debate – on October 31st at the Margaretville Central School, but the conversation continues. First off, I would like to clarify some misunderstanding about the deer debate. The conference spoke mostly about the impacts from deer (and humans), not exclusively their overabundance. In many portions of the Catskills, deer numbers have already peaked; some areas peaked decades ago. Hunters in particular are aware of how few deer there seems to be, especially after “taking the gun for a walk” all day through the mature forests of the Catskill Forest Preserve. Older growth forests – as found in Slide & Big Indian Wilderness Areas – simply don’t support the deer numbers encountered in Orange County; there isn’t enough sunlight penetrating that mature forest canopy to grow palatable food on the forest floor. In other words, less sunlight equals fewer plants, which equals fewer deer. But does that necessarily mean fewer deer impacts? No!  Read more

Wednesday’s Show: Jonathan Farber – Landscape Architect

CFA-On-The-Air: From the Forest
Wednesdays 6PM – 7PM
WIOX ROXBURY 91.3FM or www.wioxradio.org

From the Forest will be interviewing Jonathan Farber from R/F LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE. Jonathan’s landscape architecture practice focuses primarily on design & land management for private clients across the northeast. Examples include silvopasture, orchard management, vegetable & flower gardens, & forest management. He uses permaculture as his underlying design principle. Most of his jobs – outside NYC – include an ecological component such as managing forests & coastal & freshwater wetlands. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @ www.wioxradio.org to learn more.

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST?
Remember last winter? It was really cold; so was the one before that. I had burned well over a cord by now. I’m not sure I’ve burned ½ a cord yet. Maybe ¼ is more like it. Well, we’ll see how January & February are when they get here.

May the forest be with you,
Ryan Trapani
Education Forester
Catskill Forest Association  Read more

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Charming Fixer Upper In Margaretville

4 Bedroom 1 Bath home built in the early 1900's. Wood siding, Covered front porch, Carpet, vinyl and hardwood flooring. Full basement. Fireplace. Home has tons of charm and potential. Currently offering a Lease To Own program. Call us for more information at 803-832-5005 or visit us online http://bit.ly/1OhPqtN

A 12 Days of Christmas Catskills Gift Guide

Gifting is so much fun. But the classic ideas can always stand an update. After all, a partridge in a pear tree takes up the entire living room, shipments of milkmaids and drummers need to be housed (to say nothing of a gymnasium space for all those leaping lords), and calling birds just keep calling...and calling...and calling.

But you, you lucky soul, have the Catskills at your disposal. And these hills are packed with delicious foods, life-enhancing objects, fantastic fashion, life-changing experiences and mouthwatering edibles. So we’re hoping you’ll do your shopping locally, among the small independent merchants where your dollar makes a big difference.

Here are 12 local Catskills gift ideas for this holiday season.

On the first day of Christmas the Catskills gave to me:

A massage with aromatherapy

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Happy Holidays

During this busy season of preparing for the holidays,

the Margaretville Health Foundation

wishes to thank you for your continued support of

Mountainside Residential Care Center and Margaretville Hospital,

which are here for you year-round. Your donations will continue

to help us support both facilities in continuing our mission to

“Ensure quality health care for the people of the Central Catskills.”

Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year!

Board Members

Heather Brighton

Don Bramley

Carmen Lopez  Read more

Shop local from the comfort of your home this Holiday Season!

Support your local farm and forest producer, working landscapes and your community by making your purchases count for clean water and the environment! Holiday shopping just got easier with the Fresh From the Catskills Holiday Gift Guide 2015. We've gathered honey collectors; wool and fiber makers; outlets for wreath, and holiday decorations; cut-your-own tree farms; wine, beer and spirits makers; handmade gift ideas; holiday caterers; jelly and jams varieties; botanical/soap lines; holiday bakers; value-added dairy producers; maple syrup makers; local stores...all in ONE easy-to-access resource.  Read more

Tonight’s Show: Catskills Tree Review with Gary Mead

CFA-On-The-Air: From the Forest
Wednesdays 6PM – 7PM
WIOX ROXBURY 91.3FM or www.wioxradio.org

Every third Wednesday we talk to Gary Mead about a different tree found in or near the Catskill Mountains. Normally we cover a specific tree, but tonight we’ll be reviewing many of the trees Gary has covered in the past.

Gary Mead is the owner of Fruitful Furnishings. Fruitful Furnishings began in 1979 as a custom furniture shop. Within ten years, a sawmill was added for producing dimension parts and providing custom sawing, planing, and kiln drying services to customers wishing to furnish their homes with wood from their own trees. More recently, Gary has added Gary Mead Gallery – located at the mill-site – which showcases one-of-a-kind pieces made from wood. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @ www.wioxradio.org to learn more.  Read more

'Tis the Season for Faster Internet

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As the holiday season rolls in and more and more devices and tech gadgets get connected in your home, now is the time to consider upgrading your internet. From Smart TV’s, home monitoring, tablets, gaming consoles, Wi-Fi, cell phone boosters, and an ever growing list of devices utilizing your internet connection, don’t let slow speeds hold you back. Now is the time to make sure your internet connection can keep up with your household. Upgrade your internet today and enjoy the first 30 days at your current rate.

Upgrade any of your services in December and receive a free upgrade with your donation of canned goods or other non-perishable items for our local food banks.

What Speed Do You Need?

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Turbo 20 - Designed for video streaming (Hulu,Netflix), downloading movies, on-line gaming, cell phone booster and multiple household users. 20Mbps/2Mbps-up to 6 Devices*  Read more


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