The Watershed Agricultural Council has developed several websites to augment communication efforts. While the Council’s main website can be found at NYCWatershed.org, several programs within WAC have their own websites:
- PureCatskills.com is an initiative of the Economic Viability Program.
- CatskillsFarmLink.org is a collaborative effort of eight organizations.
- TrainedLoggerCertified.com is a Forestry Program project in support of New York Logger Training.
- MyWoodlot.com is an initiative of the Forestry Program, giving resources to forest landowners in the NYC Watershed and beyond.
Below are detailed descriptions of each site with direct links.
Watershed Agricultural Council
The Watershed Agricultural Council (also known as “WAC” or “the Council”) works with farm and forest landowners in the New York City Watershed region to protect water quality on behalf of nine million New York residents. The Council uses Whole Farms Plans, Forest Management Plans and Conservation Easements to help farmers, forest professionals and private landholders address water pollution concerns on properties located in the Croton and Catskill/Delaware Watersheds. NYCWatershed.org is WAC’s main website. It provides a general overview of the organization, its programs, news, events and success stories. Visit: nycwatershed.org
Pure Catskills is a “buy local” branding campaign sponsored by the Watershed Agricultural Council to mobilize community support for fresh food products grown, raised, and manufactured in the Catskill region. Pure Catskills collaborates with farmers and purveyors of fresh food across Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster Counties. PureCatskills.com provides a searchable database of participants and regional products, as well as extensive information about regional farming and news about the campaign.
Pure Catskills Marketplace
The Marketplace is an online store where you can buy everything “Pure Catskills.” Designed to connect consumers worldwide with the region’s food and wood products, the Marketplace helps Pure Catskills members overcome physical barriers to markets by posting their products on the Internet.Visit PureCatskillsMarketplace.com
Catskills FarmLink is an online resource that connects farmers and landowners in the Catskills. Designed to promote the Catskills as a great place to operate a small, diversified farm, Catskills FarmLink is a collaborative effort of Watershed Agricultural Council/Pure Catskills; New York City Department of Environmental Protection; Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie and Sullivan; Farm Catskills; and Delaware Highlands Conservancy. CatskillsFarmLink.org features land listings, classifieds, resources and news. Visit CatskillsFarmLink.org
Trained Logger Certified
Trained Logger Certification (TLC) is a voluntary program developed to recognize loggers who complete a training schedule that covers three “core” areas: safety, production and environmental awareness. NY Logger Training (NYLT) is the coordinator of Trained Logger Certification, and the Council developed TrainedLoggerCertified.com to support NYLT’s efforts in the watershed. The site is a one-stop shop for loggers to find TLC information and class schedules. Visit TrainedLoggerCertified.com
MyWoodlot is a community of folks who love the outdoors and want to help each other. We provide outdoor activity ideas, advice on landownership, and ways to connect with other landowners through our forums. We’ve gathered some of the best resources on woodlands from both landowners and professionals, and we’ve given them context through projects landowners like you can actually do.Visit MyWoodlot.com