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Enhancing Resource & Recreational Opportunities in the Great Northern Catskills

Project Overview

Hunter_Mountain_FoliageThe Northern Catskills are a significant resource for recreational, cultural and scenic activities. For generations people have come to the “Mountaintop” to enjoy the great outdoors, ski, visit historic and cultural sites, and admire the idyllic scenery.

The Mountaintop Community Resource Strategy is a region-wide planning effort to develop a locally driven master plan that identifies resource enhancements, integration and protection of the resources that have attracted people to the area for generations. At the same time, the Strategy integrates the economic vitality of the small, rural mountaintop communities that rely on these resources to attract tourists to the area.

MountaintopResourceMapThe Strategy covers the nine mountaintop municipalities located in Greene County — the Towns of Ashland, Jewett, Halcott, Hunter, Lexington, Prattsville, and Windham, and the Villages of Hunter and Tannersville. A comprehensive inventory of historical, recreational, recreation business retail, arts and cultural, & scenic resources was conducted and built into the Strategy’s development.

The Strategy was developed under the guidance of a Project Advisory Team and small focus groups that were organized to identify concerns and opportunities for resource enhancement and integration.

In order to keep up with changing economic times that influence the tourism market, it is important for the Mountaintop communities to work together to assess current resource attractions, identify where improvements are needed, develop a plan to address those needs, and begin implementing actions for the betterment of the Mountaintop as a whole. The Mountaintop Community Resource Strategy is the culmination of such a collaborative effort. The Strategy provides a foundation for the communities to work individually and collectively on solutions to enhance the region’s outdoor recreational, historical and cultural resources, and to advance approaches to market the local tourism economy.

Mountaintop Recreation & Resource Links

Mountaintop Community Resource Strategy Trail Projects

Strategy Reports & Planning Documents

Full Report January 2009

Project Advisory Team Overview & Handout and summary of meetings

Inventory of Mountaintop Resources

Map of Mountaintop Recreational Resources

List of Referenced Plans

Summary of Relevant Information From Referenced Plans

Focus Group Descriptions

Notes from Hospitality Meeting, prioritization exercise
Notes from Snowmobile focus group meeting
Notes from meeting with Cultural & Arts organizations
Notes from Recreation Business Meeting
Notes from Outdoor Recreation Meeting
Notes from Scenic Meeting
Notes from Sportsmen and Women Group
Notes from Historical Resources Group

Strategy Recommendations

Summary of Surveys

Implementation Subcommittees

Notes from Trails & Outdoor Infrastructure Committee
May 2008

June 2008
September 2008
March 2009

Notes from Marketing & Coordinating Meetings
May 2008
Business Model for Planner
June 2008
Mountaintop Recreation & Event Planner Proposal
March 2009

Trail Development Guides

Parks and Trails New York Publications & Guide Books
Implementing Trail-Based Economic Development Programs