February 2013    
Letter from the Editor


I mentioned in January that a lot of exciting stuff is popping up for Catskills forest products companies, and this e-news only adds to the fun. We have four great opportunities for you this time around: Pure Catskills Marketplace online store vendor sign-ups, a chance to be promoted in 50,000 copies of the Pure Catskills print guide, a way to reduce your heating costs over 50%, and a chance to tell the folks in Albany about forests and the important work you do in them. Enjoy!


   Joshua VanBrakle

Wood Products Utilization and Marketing Specialist

Watershed Agricultural Council Forestry Program

(607) 865-7790 ext. 112

Pure Catskills Marketplace


It's finally that time! Pure Catskills Marketplace will be launching in late spring, and we're gearing up by identifying interested businesses now. If you'd like more information about the online store and how to get started as a vendor, please contact Josh VanBrakle by email or by phone at 607-865-7790 x112. 

Here are a couple of links to see how the store is going to look:

Home Page
Item Page
Vendor Profile 

 Pure Catskills Print Guide

I mentioned this opportunity late last year, and I wanted to follow up. For the first time, wood products companies are eligible for inclusion in the Pure Catskills Guide (check out last year's Guide here). Watershed Qualified Foresters, TLC-certified loggers, sawmills, woodworkers and manufacturers are all eligible. We'll be distributing 50,000 copies of this full-color, consumer-focused, professionally-produced guide across the region. For $35, your membership includes a Guide listing with your business contact information and a 50-word description. For an additional fee, you can get expanded ad space. You can use this space for your own ad, or you can work with the Guide's designer, ColorPage in Kingston, to design an ad for you at no additional cost. This is a great opportunity to get a professionally-developed ad at low cost as well as increase your regional marketing. To sign up for the Guide, simply complete this application and send it and payment to Pure Catskills c/o ColorPage Publishing, 71 Tenbroeck Ave., Kingston, NY 12401.


Reduce your Heating Costs

Interested in lowering the heating cost of your larger buildings? New England Wood Pellet, operators of the Deposit wood pellet plant that began operation in 2011 on the site of the former Norbord Industries, is interested in discussing wood pellet heating as an option for commercial, institutional and industrial heating in the greater Catskills Region. If you own a building currently heated with oil or propane, wood pellets offer a convenient, clean and much less expensive heating option (over 50% less than these fossil heating fuels). Pellet fuel is delivered in bulk by specially fitted trucks. Advanced European boiler technology now manufactured in New York State enables fully automated combustion at very high efficiency and low emissions. There may be grant funding available to assist with capital cost. 

This technology is widespread in Europe, seeing significant growth in New England, and is in the early stages of adoption in New York with about a dozen commercial-scale systems now operating in schools, museums and municipal facilities. If you're interested in learning more, call or email Charlie Niebling, General Manager of New England Wood Pellet, at 603-965-5434. Tell him you heard about it through Catskill WoodNet!


Forestry Awareness Day

Ever feel like Albany isn't paying attention to you? Here's your chance to tell them what you think!  The annual Forestry Awareness Day (FAD) on Tuesday, March 19 involves planned visits to legislative offices to discuss forestry issues in New York State. For more information, please see this flyer developed by the Council of Forest Resource Organizations, or contact Muriel Church at the Empire State Forest Products Association, 518-330-7684. 


Members of a sponsoring organization can attend FAD for free. If you're a member of Catskill WoodNet, Empire State Forest Products Association, Catskill Forest Association, or any of the other sponsors listed at the bottom of the flyer, be sure to come on March 19 and let Albany know your passion for wood. You can register online here. Even if you aren't a member of a sponsoring organization, consider coming anyway. It's a once-a-year opportunity to show Albany the importance of

working forests to New York!


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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 Department of Environmental Protection, U.S.D.A and other sources. The Watershed Agricultural Council is an equal opportunity employer and provider.