DEC Commissioner Grannis is Government Day speaker

Alexander “Pete” Grannis, commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), will be the keynote speaker at Catskills Local Government Day Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Frost Valley YMCA and Conference Center, Claryville. Registration is open to the public. Deadline for registering is October 10. There is a $10 fee which includes lunch. Go to the CWC website for registration forms, or call Frieda at 586-1400.
The event, sponsored by the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) and the NYS Department of State (DOS), will feature presentations and displays on recreational use of public and private lands, scenic and cultural trails and collaborative approaches to making the most of the natural amenities of the Catskills.
Commissioner Grannis will appear at Local Government Day one day before his agency, in cooperation with several organizations, hosts “Catskills Environment and Economy Day” at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center. Agendas and registration information for both events can be found at www.cwconline.org (go to News, Coming Events and Meetings).
At Local Government Day, members of municipal planning and zoning boards may be able to accumulate up to four hours of training time mandated by New York State. The DOS will also provide four one-hour training sessions for Code Enforcement Officers. These will cover regulation of storage containers, sign and junk control and outdoor wood boilers.
“The Corridor Approach to Community Planning” will showcase four regional initiatives: Mountain Cloves in Hunter, the Delaware Scenic Byway, the Hudson River Art Trail and the High Terrain Greenway.
“Happy Trails to You! Economic and Social Benefits of Recreational Trails” will look at successful trail systems from further afield, including Kingdom Trails in Burke, VT, a highly acclaimed destination for mountain bikers, hikers, skiers and runners; and the 365-mile Long Path, a hiking trail which runs from the George Washington Bridge to John Boyd Thacher State Park north of Albany. The trail coordinator of the New York State Snowmobile Association will also discuss the benefits and challenges of trail systems that cross both private and public lands.
Following a buffet lunch at Geyer Hall on the Frost Valley campus, a panel of agency representatives will discuss recent advances in access to state and New York City lands, and collaborative plans to improve recreational opportunities, from the Catskill Park State Land Master Plan to the Mountaintop Community Resource Strategy.
A number of agencies, outdoor organizations and sporting groups will set up displays and provide materials for attendees.