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View from the High Peaks: Seeing Green

By Aaron Bennett – 4/30/10 – 12:48 pm

Normally the month of April, or “mud season,” as it is affectionately known, is relatively quiet in the high peaks region. The ski centers close down, many of the restaurant owners and innkeepers shut their doors for a few weeks to seek out warmer and drier weather, and Easter recess is a welcome reprieve for local teachers and students.

Residents in the Catskill Mountain region begin getting re-acquainted with the natural world this time of year as well. The longer days enable the chlorophyll to turn that brown grass green again, and the first buds and flowers (like red trillium) announce nature’s emergence from winter. People emerge too – raking leaves, picking up branches, planting flowers, and of course fishing for trout.

This time of year, everyone is focused on “green.” Today is Arbor Day, and Earth Day turned 40 years old last week. To celebrate Earth Day, the commissioner of our Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) started a blog called “State of Green,” to show residents just how “green” New York is.