Watershed Agricultural Council/ Pure Catskills
Pure Catskills is the buy local initiative of the Council’s Economic Viability Program. Pure Catskills connects regional farm, food and wood product businesses who depend on working landscapes and their products, to consumers and outside markets through direct marketing and online campaigns. The Council protects both the rural, land-based watershed economy and drinking water quality of a reservoir system that serves over nine million New Yorkers. Partnering with farmers, agri-businesses, woodland owners, forest industry professionals and others, the Council furthers both regional business profitability and environmental stewardship. It also assists private landowners in using a variety of best management practices, education, tools and approaches, such as conservation easements, to keep property within a working landscape. The Council protects over 24,000 acres of working landscapes through conservation easements, and assists over 500 farmers and 1,000 forest landowners in the Croton, Catskill and Delaware Watersheds. Working extensively through partnerships, the Council’s collaborations support a watershed management industry that employs hundreds of people region-wide. The Council is funded in part by NYC DEP, U.S. Forest Service, USDA and your charitable donations.