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Reminder: Sporting Licenses and Deer Management Permits on Sale August 13


The 2012-13 hunting, trapping and freshwater fishing licenses, as well as deer management permits (DMPs) will be available on Monday, August 13. Licenses and permits can be purchased online, by phone or at several DEC offices, town clerks offices and many sporting good stores. Visit DEC’s Sporting Licenses ( or Deer Management Permits ( webpages for more information. When purchasing your license, don’t forget to get a copy of the 2012-13 Hunting & Trapping or Freshwater Fishing regulations guide.


Freshwater Fishing Regulation Changes Effective October 1


Newly adopted changes to freshwater fishing regulations will become effective on October 1, 2012. Highlights of changes can be seen inDEC’s press release, New Freshwater Fishing Regulations for 2012-2014 (, and a complete list of changes can be viewed on DEC’s Sportfishing Regulations – Express Terms Adopted ( webpage. Specific changes are also available in the 2012-13 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide.

Chattahoochee River – Critical Water Supply or Gift to Developers?




Chattahoochee River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

The Chattahoochee River, that flows through Atlanta, recently made the list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers. We’re helping shine a national spotlight on two boondoggle dam/reservoir proposals that are far too expensive and would harm clean water supplies, recreation, an outstanding trout fishery and wildlife habitat.

“These dams are being sold as critical water supply projects, but they have always been planned as amenity lakes to benefit private developers and landowners…. These are sham water planning efforts that will benefit a small group of private landowners at the expense of taxpayers and the environment.”

– Sally Bethea, Executive Director
of Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

051812_take-action_logo_S12Join us and our partner, American Rivers, to urge the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deny permits for these dams and reservoirs.

Help keep the Chattahoochee healthy. Please take action today.

[Mountain laurel blooms on the Chattahoochee River, Chattahoochee National Forest, Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: Carl Donohue]


2012-13 Sporting Licenses on Sale August 16


Beginning Monday, August 16, get your 2012-13 freshwater fishing, hunting and trapping licenses online, by phone or in person where licenses are sold. The 2012-13 licenses are valid through the recreational season, from October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013. If you plan to fish, hunt or trap prior to October 1, 2012, you must have a valid 2011-12 license. For details on available licenses and to find out how to purchase a license, visit DEC’s Sporting Licenses ( webpage.

Fracking – There is a Viable Alternative But First We Need to Stop It


Mark Z. Jacobson, director of Stanford’s Atmosphere/Energy Program mesmerized hundreds of Mountainkeeper supporters at last Saturday’s Barnfest with a doable plan to forgo fossil fuels and convert the globe to sustainable renewable energy by 2030.
Based on the findings of the research he did with Mark A. Delucchi, UC-Davis researcher, he said, “there are no technological or economic barriers to converting the entire world to clean, renewable energy sources. It is a question of whether we have the societal and political will.”
Jacobson’s message is that we can do renewables now. We don’t have to wait. They are efficient, economically feasible and will ultimately cost us no more than what we are currently paying.
The plan proposes a world run largely on electricity with wind and solar power contributing 90% of all needed energy and the balance of energy supplied by geothermal, hydroelectric, wave and tidal power. It would be paid for by a 30 percent reduction in world energy demand by converting combustion processes to less expensive electrical or hydrogen fuel cell processes, plus a huge savings from reducing the human death toll due to air pollution, thus make the costs of the plan relatively similar to what we pay today.
The biggest challenges that face the large-scale implementation of renewable energy are the variability of wind and solar, the specialized elements needed to build turbines, solar collectors and other equipment and the footprint of the wind turbines and solar devices. But Jacobson said that all of these hurdles can be overcome.
Of course, Jacobson admitted the changeover to renewable energy would involve a large scale transformation and “would require an effort comparable to the Apollo moon project or constructing the interstate highway system.” But he left us with hope that there is a way forward without even having to go to new technologies. For more detailed information on Mark Z. Jacobson’s work, click here.

But our first order of business is to convince our government officials that natural gas is a bridge fuel to nowhere and there is no reason not to move aggressively to renewables right now. Please join us to send this message at the Stop the Frack Attack Rally on July 28, 2012 at the U.S. Capital in Washington, D.C., where people from all over the country will gather to tell Congress, the President and the world to end the rush to drill and STOP THE FRACK ATTACK.  We are pleased to announce that the following 14 people have been chosen to speak at the Stop the Frack Attack Rally! They are a group of impacted community members and environmental activists who are on the front lines of this nationally important issue. 

1.) Bill McKibben (
2.) Allison Chin (Sierra Club)
3.) Josh Fox (Gasland)
4.) Calvin Tillman (Former Mayor of Dish, Texas)
5.) Laura Amos (Affected Community Member, CO)
6.) John Fenton (Affected Community Member, WY)
7.) Kari Matsko (Affected Community Member, OH)
8.) Dayne Pratzky (Aka,”Frackman”, Australia)
9.) Lori New Breast (Affected Community Member, MT)
11.) Mike Tidwell (CCAN)
12.) Jameson Lisak and Kelly Humphreys ( Affected Youth from PA and WV)
13.) Dr Catherine Thomasson (Physicians for Social Responsibility )
14.)  Doug Shields (former member of the Pittsburgh City Council)

Catskill Mountainkeeper is sponsoring a bus to the rally in Washington, DC on Saturday, July 28th — click here to register for the bus

Departs:  Liberty Elks Lodge Parking Lot at 6:00am

Returns:  Liberty Elks Lodge Parking Lot at 12:00am (midnight)***
Visit the website for more information.


We Need Your Financial Support.  Please donate to Catskill Mountainkeeper so that we can continue to fight on your behalf.

or send a check to: Catskill Mountainkeeper, Box 381 Youngsville, NY 12791
Copyright 2012 Catskill Mountainkeeper, P.O. Box 381, Youngsville, New York, 12791. Catskill Mountainkeeper is a non-profit 501(c)(3) grassroots advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the unique and irreplaceable Catskill Region of New York State.

Keeping Current with Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources


Learn how DEC protects and enhances New York State’s wild natural resources by reading the Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources Monthly Highlights. In the latest issue, you will learn about banding peregrine falcons and satellite tracking, an analysis of popular game fish populations having catch-and-release only regulations, a reintroduction of native deepwater cisco species into Lake Ontario, protection of aquatic resources at power plants, waterfowl population estimates in the Atlantic Flyway and much more! To see the latest issue and previous issues, visit the Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources Monthly Highlights ( webpage.




Three Time Academy Award Nominated Actress and Catskills Champion
Debra Winger

and Mountainkeeper Executive Director

Ramsay Adams

Admission to Barnfest is FREE.  There will be an art auction, penny social as well as a vintage clothing collection.  And of course Catskill food for purchase and fun activities for the whole family.

…and an important keynote by world renowned  Stanford University Professor


whose pioneering research has helped us to understand better severe atmospheric problems, such as air pollution and global warming, and develop and analyze large-scale clean energy solutions to them.

…and live music provided by The RADDYOS

Please RSVP BY July 12th

click here to RSVP

see a map/directions

And on Sunday July 15th join us for the Happy Feat 5K Trail Run/Walk Obstacle Course

Hills…Hurdles…Forests…Meadows…Hay Bale Climbing…Physical Challenges…Water Slide…Music…Food…Happiness and so much more!
click here for more information

The Beaverkill Valley Store is one of the area’s hidden gems.  And on Saturday July 21st be sure to stop by the great old country store for a Local Food and Craft Fair.

From 10am to 2pm at 1517 Beaverill Road, Lew Beach, NY 12758
click here for more details

Neversink Farm Presents an Afternoon Supper to Benefit Catskill Mountainkeeper


Come join Catskill Mountainkeeper for an incredible intimate afternoon supper at Neversink Farm in Claryville, NY.  Tour the farm while sampling cuisine and non-alcoholic beverages sourced from the Catskills – all beautifully prepared by Chef Patrick Connolly.  There will be food stations by the river, the cut flower field, the barn, the pasture, and the vegetable field.  For the kids there will be friendly chickens and donkeys to pet.  The afternoon’s event is sponsored by Main St. Farm and will feature food and beverages that have been sourced from some of our region’s finest producers.  All proceeds go to support the Agricultural Program of Catskill Mountainkeeper.

Time: Saturday June 30th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM

Place: Neversink Farm in Claryville, NY.

Get your tickets today! Due to a limited capacity, we highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance.

For a mouthwatering description of the event’s inspired food preparation, and to purchase tickets, click here.

For more information, and for directions to Neversink Farm, click here.

Rare Freshwater Mussel Found in Monroe County


A rare rainbow mussel (Villosa iris), listed as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in New York State, was recently found in Moorman Creek, Monroe County. A YouTube video ( captures this mussel as it displays its lure to mimic a crayfish and attract a hungry fish. When the mussel feels a fish trying to take a bite, it releases numerous young mussels named “glochidia” that attach to the fish’s gills or fins. The unsuspecting fish provides food and aeration for the young mussels and a ride to a new home. Once the mussels metamorphose into juveniles, they drop off the fish and burrow into the stream bottom, and the fish swims away unharmed.


Watch a YouTube video ( of this rare rainbow mussel as it expertly mimics a crayfish.

UFF meeting June 6th

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, June 6th. It will be our end of year picnic meeting. We will meet at Oatka Creek in the parking lot at the old Ronzo’s Market on Union St. in Garbutt. We will start at 5:30, hang out, talk some fishing until 6:30 or 7 and then head out and do some fishing, Sulphers should be the main course.Smile

The UFF will supply subs from Wegman’s (7″ sub or wrap), water, soda, chips and cookies.  Email me your sub/wrap order by noon on Tuesday, June 5th so I can have the order ready for Wednesday morning.

We will also have our fly raffle. We have 13 fly packages to give away. Tickets are $2.