Save the date! July 28–29, 2023
Learn Your Watershed Land
The Ashokan Watershed Conference is the AWSMP’s biennial stream-focused environmental conference for local municipal officials and watershed landowners/families, with this year’s overarching theme of “Learn Your Watershed Land.”
Attend the conference to learn about the storied Ashokan watershed landscape and how landowners can best manage streams on their property – from when and how to modify stream margins and what permits are needed, to the geologic history and indigenous wisdom that continues to shape the modern landscape.
The program is divided into three components:
Friday, July 28 is Municipal Officials Day – 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Emerson Resort & Spa, Mt. Tremper
Municipal officials working in the NYC Watershed should attend this training on FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulations and how they tie into building code requirements. The training qualifies for 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit. Event is free for registered attendees.
Saturday, July 29 is Landowners Day
Watershed landowners and residents are invited to attend and learn how to manage our unique streams that provide high quality water and enjoyment to millions of New Yorkers. We offer two sessions:
New Landowners Information Session + Lunch – 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, NY
Have you recently moved to the Ashokan Reservoir watershed? This session is designed for you! Learn how to “read” your stream, how stream buffers protect property and provide landscape beauty, and about the watershed’s history of flooding and how to make your property flood resilient. We’ll give you the rundown on programs available for youth and families in the watershed.
This session is followed by a free lunch in the historic Bearsville Theater in Woodstock. Consider attending the afternoon walks and talks to dive deeper and learn more!
Pre-registration is required. Event is free.
Landowners Forum + Nature Activities – 1:00 – 4:30 p.m., Bearsville Theatre
Open to all landowners in the Ashokan Reservoir watershed we offer a series of short presentations and family friendly outdoor activities with local watershed experts. Learn more about obtaining stream permits, how to identify beneficial and nuisance plants, the watershed’s geologic history, and stream names and locations. Author Evan Pritchard will take us on an armchair pilgrimage to the source of the Esopus Creek and share indigenous knowledge of Panther Mountain in Shandaken.
Multiple organizations will be distributing materials for landowners including the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program, Trout Unlimited, Cornell’s Master Forest Owners, Catskill Watershed Corporation, and more.
No registration required. Event is free.
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Visit the AWSMP website for more information past Ashokan Watershed Conferences and streams and stream management plans for the Ashokan Reservoir watershed.