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High Use and Overuse in New York's Forest Preserves
In search of wilderness, thousands of visitors traveled to the Catskills and Adirondacks this past summer, but many discovered "hot spots" littered with trash and overrun with people. Their cars lined roads never designed to include parking, crowding passage and creating hazards.

Katherine Nadeau of Catskill Mountainkeeper, Andy Mossey of The Catskill Center, and Rocci Aguirre of The Adirondack Council will tackle these challenges, share what they saw on the trails and brainstorm potential solutions.

Ingrid Peterec from the National Parks Service will join in and offer her perspective about how these issues are addressed in our national parks and tactics New York might be able to use to better manage visitors to the forest preserves. And Katharine Petronis, Deputy Commissioner of Natural Resources at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will discuss how New York is promoting sustainable use of state lands, particularly during the State’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Via an interactive webinar, attendees will submit questions in real time, and panelists will provide concrete ideas about what individuals, organizations, communities, and our state partners can do to balance the goals of providing a great visitor experience while protecting our natural resources. The webinar will be closed captioned for greater accessibility.

Oct 22, 2020 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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