Catskill Mountainkeeper

  • Catskill Mountainkeeper activists protesting fracking in NewYork.
    Catskill Mountainkeeper activists protesting fracking in NewYork.
  • The Catskill Mountainkeepers in Albany, New York.
    The Catskill Mountainkeepers in Albany, New York.
  • Mark Ruffalo at the Catskill Mountainkeeper Barnfest.
    Mark Ruffalo at the Catskill Mountainkeeper Barnfest.
  • Catskill Mountainkeeper Program Director Wes Gillingham.
    Catskill Mountainkeeper Program Director Wes Gillingham.
  • Grant:
    Fight Against Fracking & Agriculture Initiative
    Program:
    Climate & Energy
    Location:
    New York

Catskill Mountainkeeper is a grassroots environmental advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the unique and irreplaceable Catskill Region of New York State.

During the last five years, Mountainkeeper has been at the forefront of the campaign to keep gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) out of New York State.  Mountainkeeper worked to convince then-Governor Paterson to open up New York’s regulatory program, which resulted in a four-year defacto moratorium on fracking in NYS.  Since then, using a combination of research, regulatory testimony and on the ground organizing, Mountainkeeper has built a far-reaching advocacy campaign to educate the public about the impacts of drilling, and has helped form several coalitions including New Yorkers Against Fracking, which has over 180 member organizations calling for a statewide ban on fracking. They are currently working on bringing together key players in various “extreme energy” campaigns – including mountain-top removal, tarsands, off-shore drilling, uranium mining, and fracking – to work cooperatively toward changing the national dialogue and approach surrounding energy issues.

Mountainkeeper is simultaneously working on various local and regional efforts to promote sustainable economic alternatives to fracking.  They are advancing the Catskill region as a prominent foodshed for the New York metro market, building a national model of vibrant agricultural communities and local economies.  They are also working to promote tourism, while protecting the ecological integrity of one of the largest wilderness areas in the east, home to the Catskill State Park, New York City watershed, and 60,000 acres of old growth forest.