Mountainkeeper Opens Woodstock Office and Hires Dr. Nolan as Regional Director

 

Catskill Mountainkeeper Opens Office in Woodstock,

Dr. Kathleen Nolan to Head High Peaks Regional Advocacy

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FREE Open House for Woodstock Community on February 26th

Woodstock, New York – Catskill Mountainkeeper has opened a new office in Woodstock, New York and has hired Kathleen Nolan, MD, MSL, as Director for the High Peaks Region.  Woodstock is the gateway to the Catskills High Peaks and is a cultural and historic cornerstone for the entire region.  Our new office is located right in downtown Woodstock in the Historic Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, America’s oldest continuing art colony.  We are honored to share a home with this historic American institution.

Dr. Nolan has been a staunch environmental advocate since she moved to the Catskills over 20 years ago. She brings to Mountainkeeper a keen interest in preserving the economic, environmental, and aesthetic values of pristine mountain peaks and ridgelines. She will focus on the challenges of reining in poorly designed and over-reaching development, while championing sustainable energy projects, open space preservation, advancement of recreational opportunities, and the revival of town and village centers.

"Working with Catskill Mountainkeeper keeps me at the center of the most important issues facing the Catskill region," says Nolan, in response to her appointment. "Mountainkeeper’s leadership role has been proven in their defense of clean air and water through their review of hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale and in their opposition to casino gambling as a shortsighted approach to economic development in rural areas. I am delighted to join Mountainkeeper as an educator and advocate on these and other critical issues facing the Catskills region."

With her impressive resume, Nolan comes to Woodstock by way of rural Tennessee. She attended both Saint Louis University and Yale and previously worked for the Hastings Center, writing and teaching on diverse topics in bioethics. She came to the Catskills in 1989 to pursue residential training at a Zen Buddhist monastery and in 2003 she became Executive Director of Tibet Aid in Woodstock. In 2009 she founded Catskills Live! Trails and Wilderness Association. Currently, Nolan serves on the Ulster County Tourism Advisory Board, the Ulster County Trails Advisory Committee and as an officer for the Catskill Heritage Alliance and the Ashokan-Pepacton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Nolan and Mountainkeeper Executive Director Ramsay Adams will welcome the Woodstock community on Saturday February 26th from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM with an opening party for the new office at the Byrdcliffe Guilds’ Kleinert/James Arts Center (the office itself is located next door at 34 Tinker Street, 3rd floor.) Local luminaries including author and poet Will Nixon, folk-rock indie music stars Mike + Ruthy and Woodstock Film Festival’s Meira Blaustein will be on hand to introduce Mountainkeeper to its new community. Partygoers will enjoy delicious tastings from Woodstock restaurants and shops and get a chance to hear about the environmental, educational and volunteer opportunities in the Woodstock office. The entire event is free and open to the public.  Space is limited so please RSVP by email: info@catskillmountainkeeper.org or call 845.482.5400

Kathy Nolan

Kathleen Nolan, Woodstock, NY. February, 2011 (photo provided by Mountainkeeper)

Kathy Nolan’s Mountainkeeper email is kathy@catskillmountainkeeper.org

Mountainkeeper Opens Woodstock Office and Hires Dr. Nolan as Regional Director

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