You can be a hero for ADK! It’s a story that’s repeating itself all over the country; a beautiful natural place, pristine and virtually unknown, is discovered on the internet. Suddenly, visitors abound, trash proliferates, and the wild nature of the place seems forever lost.
This could have been the story of Catskill Park’s Peekamoose Blue Hole located in New York’s Ulster County. The Peekamoose corridor was a quiet fishing area and popular local swimming hole that gained popularity due to the internet. By mid-summer 2017, this formerly pristine area had become significantly degraded due to overuse.
Thanks to people like you, the story of the Blue Hole isn’t a tragedy. ADK is a partner with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Skills and Ethics and promotes the Leave No Trace seven principles in all educational programs. This past August, ADK’s Education and Advocacy staff coordinated a week at the Peekamoose Blue Hole, where they worked with stakeholders, facilitated trainings, and participated in a clean-up. Bill Rudge, Natural Resources Supervisor for DEC Region 3 in New Paltz said, “The Leave No Trace Hot Spot program has demonstrated the value of education and the power of a team effort to address the overuse issues at the Peekamoose Blue Hole in the Catskills.”
P.S. Your year-end gift to ADK helps spread the Leave No Trace message and protect all of NYS public lands. Please give today.