Beginning 100 miles northwest of New York City, the Catskill Mountains rise
above the west bank of the Hudson River to form a series of high-peaks
dissected by a network of pristine streams, wetlands, and waterfalls. The
region is over 75% forested with a unique mosaic of almost 300,000 acres of
state-owned "forever wild" Forest Preserve within the Catskill Park and the
Catskill portion of the New York City Watershed that draws clean water
from 1,584 square-miles of private and public land.
The six counties of Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster and Otsego
encompass parts of the Catskill Region.
A Diverse Forest Resource
Catskill WoodNet members source their wood
from well-managed Catskill forests dominated by a rich diversity of northern hardwood tree species including sugar
maple, red maple, black cherry, white ash, yellow birch, and red oak.
Softwoods such as white pine, Eastern hemlock, and Eastern red cedar
also grow in abundance in several areas throughout the region and provide much
of the materials used in the framing of farmhouses and barns that dot the