The Catskill Conservation Corps is a partnership between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (Trail Conference). The goal of this partnership is to provide enhanced opportunities to the public to volunteer on projects that protect natural resources and enhance outdoor recreation opportunities in the Catskill Mountains.
About the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference: Since 1920, the Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of over 2,000 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public. We publish maps and books that guide public use of these trails.
The Trail Conference’s work in the Catskill Mountains includes trail and lean-to maintenance, repair and reconstruction. Their Catskills Trails Program supports a full-time, regional staff person who manages their programs in the Catskill Mountains, aims to spur local economic development by making the public open space lands of the Catskill Park more accessible and appealing, and engages local residents in the stewardship of Catskill Mountain Region’s trails and open space. The Trail Conference works closely with trail volunteers, state and local agencies, and community groups to enhance, promote and advocate for non-motorized recreational trails, lean-tos and open space in the region.
About the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation: The New York State DEC was created on July 1, 1970 to combine in a single agency all state programs designed to protect and enhance the environment. The mission of the DEC is “to conserve, improve and protect New York’s natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and their overall economic and social well-being.”
DEC’s goal is to achieve this mission through the simultaneous pursuit of environmental quality, public health, economic prosperity and social well-being, including environmental justice and the empowerment of individuals to participate in environmental decisions that affect their lives.
Our Logo: Invoking the original Civilian Conservation Corps, which made improvements throughout the Catskill Park and parks across the country, our logo represents the beauty of the Catskill Mountains and the collaboration of the Catskill Conservation Corps. Many thanks to New York States of Mind for the use of their photo in our Catskill Conservation Corps logo.