What are the open spaces of the Catskills worth to the local economy?
Plenty, according to a new study, which finds that recreational opportunities on the Catskills’ publicly owned State and New York City lands plus private lands open to the public, draw over 1.7 million visitors annually. They create an economic impact of $46,207,000 and support 980 jobs. Add those who come to enjoy other privately held lands, and the total number of people choosing the Catskills for recreation each year is almost 2.5 million, creating an economic impact of $114,768,000 and supporting 2,413 jobs.
So states a new report, “Economic Valuation Study for Public Lands in the Central Catskills” prepared by Brian Zweig of Business Opportunities Management Consulting. Commissioned by the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, Catskill Mountainkeeper, and Catskill Heritage Alliance.
The Trail Conference’s Executive Director Ed Goodell will be on the panel at the public forum on the study that will take place on Thursday, January 31st, from 4:30 to 6:00pm at the Olive Town Meeting House (50 Bostock Road, off Route 28 in Shokan). For more information, and a link to a report summary, go to our website – http://nynjtc.org/event/Catskills-forum