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Photo credit: NYS DEC/Ranger Dawson

About the Study

For the last ten years, visitation to the Kaaterskill Clove region of the Catskill Park has been on an upward trend, culminating in 2020 with a record-setting year in many locations. The compounding effects of parking shortages, unsafe conditions along busy state highways, crowded trails, summits and other points of interest, impacts to water quality, and physical degradation of trails and other facilities has led DEC to begin conducting this VUM planning process.

Crowded scene at Kaaterskill Falls, water falling onto rocks and many people in and around the water area. Photo source: NYS DEC/Ranger Dawson

Photo credit: NYS DEC/Ranger Dawson


Support NYSDEC to conduct a visitor use management planning process, with a focus on experiential, social, and public safety elements of visitor use management and visitor capacities, to promote sustainable visitor use.

Process Map

Text-based Schedule/Process Map

  • Spring 2023: Stakeholder Engagement
  • Summer 2023: Public Meeting #1, Data Collection
  • Fall/Winter 2023: Data Analysis
  • Summer 2024: Public Meeting #2, Stakeholder Engagement
  • Fall 2024: Public Comment on Draft Report, Final Report and Monitoring Plan

Study Team

NYSDEC contracted the services of Otak to implement the project. The Otak consultant team includes DJ&A, who is a national leader in visitor use management and visitor capacities; Ruby Mountain Consulting, providing expertise in the Interagency Visitor Use Management Framework; Ross Strategic, providing expert stakeholder engagement and conflict resolution services; and VHB, providing public involvement interfaces and comment analysis.

Otak   DJ & A   VHB   Ross   Ruby Mountain Consulting

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