Catskill Center planning annual meeting for July 21

Arkville — The Catskill Center’s 43rd annual meeting will feature a discussion on the “State of the Catskills.” The flood recovery, hydrofracking, Belleayre Ski Center, and the forest preserve are issues that will be addressed by noteworthy speakers whose unique insights promise to inform. The annual meeting will be held on Saturday, July 21, at 10:30 a.m. at the Erpf Center in Arkville. The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested is encouraged to attend.

Featured guest, Congressman Maurice Hinchey, will be honored. The Catskill Center and the Friends of the Catskill Interpretive Center will announce the dedication of the Catskill Interpretive Center (CIC) in his honor. In addition to receiving this tribute, Hinchey will give his perspective on the State of the Catskills after over his 30 years of public service in the region.

Graydon Dutcher of the Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District, will discuss the status of the flood recovery for Catskill communities and ecosystems after Hurricane Irene. The Natural Resources Defense Council’s Senior Counsel, Eric Goldstein, will address the state of natural gas extraction (hydrofracking) in the Catskill Region. Newly appointed Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) Board Member, Joe Kelly, will discuss the transition to new management at Belleayre Ski Center. The Catskill Center’s Executive Director, Alan White, will speak to the state of the Catskill Forest Preserve and new developments in invasive flora and fauna affecting the Catskills.

During the annual meeting, new members to the Catskill Center’s Board of Directors will be elected. Nominees include Susan Barnett of Freestyle Realty and WAMC Radio, and Jonathan E. Gunther of the New York State Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation.

A new solar array will be unveiled. The SolArt Project integrates sculpture and landscape design with the 13-panel solar installation, introducing an aesthetic quality to sustainable energy. This installation was made possible by a partnership between the MARK Project, the Roxbury Arts Group and the Catskill Center.

For more information contact the Catskill Center at 586-2611, cccd@catskillcenter.org, or visit www.catskillcenter.org.