Shandaken to host Dec. 10 meeting of Central Catskills Collaborative

The public is invited to attend a meeting of the Central Catskills Collaborative at the Pine Hill Community Center on December 10 at 6 p.m. The Collaborative is a group of seven communities working to protect and promote the resources of the Route 28 Corridor.
This month, the Collaborative welcomes Alan White of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Ed Frantz of NYS Department of Transportation (DOT), who will share their expertise on habitat connectivity and transportation planning on the Route 28 Corridor. White, Director of TNC’s Catskill Mountain Program, will explain the unique natural systems of the Central Catskills and their value to the region. Frantz, DOT’s Forest Preserve Manager, will identify practices to retain the integrity of these resources, and will help initiate a signage improvement project modeled on a successful Adirondack program.
The Collaborative will also be kicking off the recently funded Esopus-Delaware Corridor Revitalization Strategy. This community-driven project combines resources of SUNY ESF’s Landscape Architecture Program with assistance from the Catskill Center to improve connections to and interpretation of the primary waterways.