Catskill Trails Map Set Review

Dear Reviewer,


The maps for our new digitally-produced 9th edition of the Catskill Trails map set are essentially complete and ready for final review by landowners and other individuals.  The map set includes four maps that are similar in coverage area to the four main maps of the previous edition, two additional maps that cover Bearpen/Vly and Vernooy Kill State Forest, and two maps (Long Path North and Bluestone Wild Forest) that will appear on the map backs.  In addition, the maps include several other significant improvements, including newly-GPSed trail and woods road data, 50-foot contours, new parkland designations and NYC DEP watershed lands, all 35 3500' peaks, trail mileage numbers on map fronts, and the North/South Lake area as an enlarged inset.  We would like to provide you with an opportunity to review these maps before we go to print and have enclosed a set for you to examine.


We invite your attention to the identification of any errors that we may have inadvertently included.  The basic principle that we follow in the production of our maps is that we intend to show what is actually on the ground.  Our intent is to make our maps as convenient and useful as possible to the hiking public.  It would also be very helpful to identify any other points of interest, parking areas, names of features, and viewpoints that may have been overlooked.  Additional GPS track and/or waypoint data for any of these items is not necessary but would certainly be appreciated if available.  Finally, any comments about colors, font styles, etc. are welcome (for instance, are the trail mileage numbers along the trails easy to read?).


We would appreciate receiving your input as soon as possible and no later than February 17th.  The best means of communicating your corrections/comments would involve marking the map and returning it to Jeremy at the Trail Conference office.  If you have many comments, it is best if you put numbers on the map that can be linked with a separate document describing the comments.  If your comments can be communicated effectively via phone or e-mail, that would work as well.


Thank you in advance for your help!  It is only with the help of our volunteers and your input that we are able to continue to product high-quality hiking maps.


Jeremy Apgar                                                                          George Dagis
Cartographer                                                                           Project Manager
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference                                      Saugerties, NY
156 Ramapo Valley Road                                                          (845)246-3928
Mahwah, NJ 07430                                                                   [email protected]
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