The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies will host a virtual conversation on balancing recreational use and resource protection in New York State Forest Preserves on Thursday, July 29th. This event will feature experts from the Catskill Center, the Catskill Science Collaborative, and Adirondack Mountain Club.
Visitation to the Catskill and Adirondack Parks has hit an all-time high. More people connecting with nature in New York State’s Forest Preserves is a good thing. But trail erosion, bear encounters, litter, traffic, safety, and damage to popular sites are just some of the stresses in managing resources for all.
This expert discussion will focus on challenges presented by increased visitation to New York State Forest Preserves, opportunities to balance use, and best-practices to minimize impacts to the environment. Topics to be discussed include: outdoor ethics, science-based site management, accessibility, traffic easing options, and the evolving role of park stewards.
Interviewer Allison Dunne of the Catskill Center will delve into the issues with panelists Joshua Ginsberg (Cary Institute / Catskill Science Collaborative), Andy Mossey (Catskill Center), and Michael Barrett (Adirondack Mountain Club).
Panelist will look at how social media has caused certain sites to boom, how visitors can work with park staff to spread use among alternative sites, how bussing and shuttles can ease congestion, the importance of Leave No Trace education, and how science is informing sustainable access.
This event will begin at 7 pm and is free and open to the public. The event will include ample time for audience Q&A. For more information or to register, click here.