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Seminar 1: 9 to 950am - "The Catskill Preserve, from Forest Industry to Forest Preserve"

Paul Misko, local historian from Woodland Valley, will outline the decline of the major forest industries, the rise in tourism, and the growing public sentiment, as well as a few other factors that led to the creation of the Catskill Preserve. Learn about the bustling tanneries, and bluestone quarries that once transformed the land, and how the rise of tourism, fueled by railroads and grand hotels, allowed countless people from far and wide, the opportunity to experience, and fall in love with the natural beauty of the Catskills. How ultimately the connection people made with the Catskills, one that is evident in the art and literature of the era, help spur the transformation of the Catskills into part of America's first wilderness.

Presenter – Paul Misko

Seminar 2: 10 to 1050am - "Commercial Guiding & Increased Recreational Access to NYC DEP Lands and Waters"

In 2013 the DEP began issuing free permits for NY State Licensed Guides, (guides) to operate on NYC water supply lands and reservoirs that are open for public recreation. This program allows recreationist to select a qualified guide from a list on the DEP website from number of disciplines, including hiking, hunting, fishing, and boating. The DEP has also created more access opportunities in recent years opening up previously inaccessible parcels, and creating new resources such as the online maps of open recreation areas. With the DEP obtaining more land to protect the water supply there is a growing base of lands that are open for recreation. This seminar is designed to familiarize guides with the recreational opportunities available throughout the NYC Watershed.

Presenter – NYC DEP

Seminar 3: 11 to 1150am - "Leave No Trace"

The Leave No Trace educational program promotes skills and ethics to support the sustainable use of wildlands and natural areas. The concept originated in the US as a way to help recreationists minimize their impacts while enjoying the outdoors. In 1991, the US Forest Service teamed with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and the Bureau of Land Management as partners in the Leave No Trace educational program. Today, the non profit The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, Manages the national program. The center unites four federal land management agencies- the US Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the US Fish & Wildlife Service- with manufacturers, outdoor retailers, guides, educators, user groups, and individuals who share a commitment to maintain and protect our wildlands, and natural areas for future enjoyment. This Leave No Trace awareness seminar is designed to highlight the 7 principles of Leave No Trace, and to outline the resources available through The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

Presenter - Will Soter, Fellow NYSOGA Guide, & Leave No Trace Master Educator

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