The production of the Catskill Trails map set, much like our other trail maps, was a great collaborative effort involving many volunteers, parks partners, and Trail Conference staff. Created over the course of a couple years and with an enormous number of volunteer hours, this map set is one of the biggest single map projects the Trail Conference has undertaken. The following individuals were the primary contributors to this map set:
Daniel Chazin, Publications Chair
An active volunteer for the NY-NJ Trail Conference since 1982, Dan currently serves as board secretary as well as chair of the publications committee. For the past eight years, Dan has written a hiking column for The Record of Bergen County, NJ. It currently appears on Thursdays in the newspaper's Sports section.
In addition to serving as the publications chair for this project, Daniel collected GPS data and was also the map back editor, updating the detailed trail descriptions and other text on the back. His input was invaluable in helping to produce this map set.
George J. Dagis, Project Manager
A hiker since the late 1960s and a member of the Trail Conference since 1972, George lives in the Catskill region and enjoys getting out as often as he can. George is a member of the Catskill 3500 Club, having completed all the summits during solo expeditions, and is also an avid photographer and mushroom hunter.
George served as project manager for this map set and was especially helpful in coordinating the trail GPSing efforts in the Catskills (and also did some GPSing himself). This was George's first project as a volunteer with the Publications Committee, and it sure was a big starter project!
Jeremy Apgar, Cartographer
Jeremy has been the cartographer and GIS specialist for the NY-NJ Trail Conference since 2007. He has produced a variety of maps for the organization, including published hiking maps of the NY-NJ area as well as maps to aid trail-building efforts and open-space acquisition.
Jeremy did the cartography for this map set, starting from a blank slate and building up the great wealth of information contained on the maps. He also helped George coordinate the volunteer GPSers and worked closely with map reviewers to ensure the maps were as accurate as possible.
Lou Leonardis, Brand Manager
An active Trail Conference member since 1997, Lou has utilized trails in this area to help train for various excursions including a one-day hike of Devil's Path, a winter traverse of the Presidential Range and climbing Mount Rainier and other peaks in the Cascades. Lou and his Summit, NJ-based graphic design studio Enzo Creative help to streamline the production of the Trail Conference's maps and developed a dynamic identity system that yields a consistent look and feel from one map set to another. For this map set specifically, he helped design and put together the many graphic and textual components of the map backs and covers.
Volunteer GPSers, Field-Checkers and Reviewers
Many other individuals helped with this map set, and without their assistance, we would not have been able to produce such a high-quality map set of the Catskills. Approximately twenty volunteers provided crucial GPS data of the trails and other features in the Catskills, including individuals with the Finger Lakes Trail Conference, the New York State DEC, and the New York City DEP.
More than 50 individuals volunteered their time to carefully review the maps, including Trail Chairs, Supervisors and Maintainers with the Trail Conference, land-owning partners and other knowledgeable individuals. So a big thanks to everyone involved!
The Publications Committee
Our Publications Committee is responsible for producing and marketing all Trail Conference map sets. Volunteer members of the committee provided essential input for these maps, including approval of the coverage area and layout, other features to include, and much more.
We welcome volunteers who are interesting in contributing to our efforts, thereby ensuring that the public is provided with the most accurate, up-to-date and useful information about the trails in the NY-NJ region! If you are interested in volunteering with the Publications Committee, please visit our Volunteer page. There are so many ways to contribute, so you, too, can be a mapmaker!