Featured Project: Public Access to Streams

Jerry Bartlett Angling Collection at the Phoenicia Library

The Phoenicia Library, a cornerstone of the greater Shandaken community, was badly damaged in a fire in 2010. Among the damaged items in the library was the Jerry Bartlett Memorial Angling Collection, which contained priceless artifacts and resources related to the Catskill region’s long history of dry fly fishing. The Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program provided the Phoenicia Library with a $10,000 grant to rehabilitate this collection and provide outreach and education services to anglers of all ages and the general public about the intimate links between a healthy ecosystem, clean water, robust fish, and abundant macroinvertebrate populations. The project will provide workshops, presentations and events as well as digital exhibits and creation of a website. We are pleased to say the library is now open to the public again. Stop by the library to view the Jerry Bartlett Memorial Angling Collection!