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Outdoor recreation in the Catskills brings 2.5 million thousands of jobs, $115 million, study shows

SHOKAN – Outdoor recreation in the Catskills creates an annual economic impact of almost $115 million, almost 2.5 million visitors and supports 2,413 jobs, according to a new report.  The report was commissioned by the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, Catskill Mountainkeeper and Catskill Heritage Alliance.

The study said the effect is from a combination of state and New York City lands combined with private lands that are open to the public.

Mountainkeeper Executive Director Ramsay Adams said the region is strategically located between New York City, Albany, and the Delaware and Hudson rivers.

“It’s so exciting to see people are starting to change the image of the Catskills from a post-Borscht Belt, post-Woodstock region to an exciting, vibrant, beautiful place where there are beautiful homes and nice restaurants and incredible recreational resources like ski slopes and hiking trails and beautiful vistas,” Adams said.

The study by business Opportunities Management Consulting was paid for by the private organizations. Adams said it is now time for the state to chip in to market the region.