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Program Coordinator for Catskills Joins Staff
The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference welcomes Jeff Senterman to its staff in the new position of program coordinator for the Catskill region.
This new position aims to support local economic development by making Catskill parklands more accessible and appealing, and to engage more local residents in the stewardship of Catskill trails and parklands. Jeff will work closely with trail volunteers, state and local agencies, and community groups to enhance and promote recreational trails in the region.
Funding for this Trail Conference initiative in the Catskills is provided by a family foundation.
Jeff brings environmental planning and office management experience to his new post. He worked as en environmental planner for the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission, Boston, MA and for Waterman Design Associates, Westborough, MA.
His duties as planner involved the review and preparation of environmental permit applications and reviews at the local and state level for a wide range of project types including residential, commercial and industrial projects; the coordination of projects with engineering and environmental staff; attending meetings with various local and state agencies to expedite project review; and taking part in conceptual and preliminary planning for projects.
Jeff is an avid hiker and outdoorsman who has spent a lot of time hiking in the Catskills, Adirondacks, and New England. He worked as a Dept. of Environmental Conservation assistant forest ranger in Greene County in 1998 and 1999. His father, Pete Senterman, was long-time volunteer Catskills Trails Chair for the Trail Conference and continues to be involved with Catskill trails, and his brother Doug volunteers as supervisor of lean-to maintenance and upkeep in the region.
Jeff plans to live in the northeastern Catskills and to spend most of time in the region.
He earned a bachelor of science degree at Lyndon College in Vermont, with a concentration in environmental science.