October 2012    
Letter from the Editor

Fall is here, with big news from Catskill WoodNet, so like a kid with a pile of leaves, let's dive right in!

First, we've teamed up with the Pure Catskills buy local campaign to develop an online store, Pure Catskills Marketplace, that will allow Catskill region farm, food, and wood products businesses to sell directly over the Internet. Many of you received a letter back in August letting you know about this opportunity. Currently, we're designing and programming the site with the goal of testing the store early next year before formally launching in the spring of 2013. To keep tabs on our progress, check out the dedicated Pure Catskills Marketplace page. We'll update that page regularly with information on business eligibility, frequently asked questions, and how to sign up as a vendor. You can also contact if you have questions about this upcoming opportunity or if you would like more information.

As if that weren't enough, I'm also pleased to announce that beginning in 2013, Catskill region forest products companies are invited to list their businesses, products, and services in the Pure Catskills Buy Local Guide. We distribute 40,000 copies of this professionally produced resource across the region each year. Whether you're a forester, logger, sawmill, woodworker, firewood processor, or any other Catskills forest products company, this is a great opportunity to get your name out there. 
Pure Catskills Guide
To see this opportunity first hand, check out the electronic issue of the 2012 Pure Catskills Guide.

The sign-up process for the Pure Catskills Buy Local Guide begins in January, so look for more information on this new marketing opportunity and how to participate early next year.

All the best,


   Joshua VanBrakle

Wood Products Utilization and Marketing Specialist

Watershed Agricultural Council Forestry Program

(607) 865-7790 ext. 112

[email protected] 

In Other News - Shop Local, Save Land!

Shop Local Save Land
Looking for even more ways to promote your business? If you're a forest products company located in the Upper Delaware Region (in New York, that includes Delaware, Sullivan, and Orange Counties), the Delaware Highlands Conservancy also offers an annual guide called Shop Local, Save Land. Their new edition was just released. To learn more about this marketing opportunity, check out this article about the new guide from Delaware Highlands Conservancy staff member Bethany Keene.

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Catskill WoodNet and the Pure Catskills branding campaign are economic initiatives of the Watershed Agricultural Council. The Watershed Agricultural Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to support the economic viability of agriculture and forestry through the protection of water quality and the promotion of land conservation in the New York City Watershed region. The WAC is supported by the U.S. Forest Service, The New York City Environmental Protection, U.S.D.A and other sources. The Watershed Agricultural Council is an equal opportunity employer and provider.