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Prior Events

Stakeholder Working Group Meeting - October 3, 2023  NEW!

As described in the Stakeholder and Public Participation Plan, the Stakeholder Working Group (SWG) was convened by the Otak Team and includes up to 20 people with a technical, jurisdictional, and/or representative role who are potentially affected by or interested in the project. The purpose of the SWG is to inform project recommendations by engaging a diverse group of organizational representatives in focused project-specific discussions, and individually and collectively provide insight, input, values, and feedback. SWG members also serve as a conduit for information to and from affiliated organization members. The first SWG meeting occurred October 3, 2023.

SWG Meeting Synthesis - October 3, 2023 (PDF, 5.0MB) NEW

Stakeholder and Public Participation Plan - August 29, 2023  

The Stakeholder and Public Participation Plan (Participation Plan) supports the ongoing project data collection and analysis, and describes the objectives and tools for stakeholder and broader public engagement throughout the process. It is based in part on recommendations generated from independent stakeholder conversations convened by the Otak consultant team prior to and following the first Kaaterskill Clove VUM public meeting on May 10, 2023.

Stakeholder and Public Participation Plan - Final (PDF, 0.9MB)

Public Meeting - May 10, 2023  

Public engagement is critical to the success of this project. The first meeting in a two-part series of public meetings was held May 10th.

Meeting Press Release - 5/10/23
Meeting Agenda - 5/10/23 (PDF, 0.2MB)
Meeting Boards - 5/10/23 (PDF, 9.0MB)
Meeting Presentation - 5/10/23 (PDF, 3.0MB)
Meeting Synthesis - 5/10/23 (PDF, 6.1MB)

Stakeholder Conversation - March 29, 2023

On March 29, 2023, the Otak team convened a group interview with representatives of several stakeholder organizations interested in the Kaaterskill Clove visitor use study area. These “stakeholder conversations” were part of an initial assessment to learn key issues and concerns about visitor use-related conditions within this study area, ideas and opportunities for improvements, and address any VUM process questions or considerations. A synthesis of the meeting (linked below) was prepared and distributed to participants.

During the meeting we invited participants to suggest others whom they felt we should be reaching out to. We will continually strive to be inclusive and eager to hear from those with interests in this study area.

Please contact Susan Hayman, Ross Strategic and member of the Otak Team, at with any questions about this meeting.

Stakeholder Conversation - 3/29/23 (PDF, 1.0MB)

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