Catskill Mountainkeeper

Catskill Mountainkeeper is a grassroots advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the unique and irreplaceable Catskill Region of New York State.  We are equally committed to vigorously fighting threats to our region and pursuing opportunities for sustainable growth.  We are focused on maintaining our region’s capacity to provide pure unfiltered water to over 17 million people, continue as an important foodshed providing local healthy food to the entire NY metro area and protecting our authentic wilderness so that it can be enjoyed by all.


We represent the citizens of seven counties in New York State – Albany, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster as well as both the Upper Delaware and Susquehanna River basins which reach from Cooperstown well into Pennsylvania and include the vast forest preserve of the Catskill Park.


Catskill Mountainkeeper was created to provide the Catskills with a proactive advocate, as an organization who is not afraid to protect against threats or do the work necessary to achieve sustainable development. We make no apologies for passionately pursuing this mission and building a network of likeminded people to help us achieve our goals.


Catskill Mountainkeeper is a 501 (c) (3) public charity. We rely solely upon charitable donations to further our mission.


Climate work from this organization

Interview with Wes Gillingham, Program Director at Catskill Mountainkeeper, located in New York.

As a New York based organization, what are some of the biggest challenges and opportunities the region faces from climate change?

Extreme weather events like Hurricanes Irene and Sandy have... Read more

Catskill Mountainkeeper is committed to advancing a dialogue that informs and educates New Yorkers about climate change and what can be done in our region to ensure that our planet continues to be able to support life as we know it.  To do this, we launched two Climatekeeper programs: “Renewable NY”... Read more

Catskill Mountainkeeper is a founding member of the ExtremeEnergy Extraction Collaborative, an alliance of over 80 grassroots organizations that are each fighting the ExtremeEnergy methods affecting their communities including: mountaintop removal, fracking, tar sands, and deepwater drilling. The Collaborative’s... Read more