Catskill Forest Association Donates Equipment to BOCES

Arkville—The Catskill Forest Association, Inc. (CFA) delivered over $6,115 in new wood carpentry power equipment to the Delaware-Chanango-Madison-Otsego Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES) on Tuesday, June 23.
DCMO BOCES is a regional educational agency providing services in partnership with 16 local school districts. It is one of 37 across New York State working in collaboration with local school districts to offer programs to students and teachers, as well as administrators, and the community.
Katie Allen, building principal at the Robert W. Harrold Education Campus said that the carpentry program does a lot of work for non-profit organizations. Most recently they built eight kiosks for the DEP on the Canonsville Reservoir as part of their three-year pilot recreational boating program. Students also built a storage shed for the Town of Walton, and four dugouts and two sheds for Frankin Central School District. “These students need to learn about citizenship. Working in communities for non-profit organizations is a good way to learn.” said Dick Metzger, Building Trades and Carpentry teacher.
107th District, NYS, Assemblymember Clifford W. Crouch confirmed “We are very appreciative of this donation of equipment by The CFA. It is important to have up-to-date quality equipment for teaching woodworking skills. This equipment will not only aid in developing skills but will increase the appreciation of the beauty and utility of our forest products.”
“CFA is the Catskill Region’s leading advocate for the forest. CFA serves everyone who loves our forests, including landowners, foresters, timber harvesters, the forest products industry, students and the general public” says Jim Waters, executive director. “CFA helps to ensure a beautiful, fun and productive forest for all and this donation is in response to the increasing financial problems that the area is feeling. It’s CFA’s hope that these tools will provide help to BOCES in providing people a new trade in woodworking that will, in turn, help those individuals obtain jobs, put bread on their tables and utilize the wonderful renewable resource that abounds us in the Catskill Region. Additionally, we may be able to keep a few of our children close to their home.”
Bob Bishop, president of CFA’s Board of Directors commented “I am pleased that CFA was able to help out this fine program. We are looking forward to visiting the school next fall while woodworking classes are in session. BOCES also has 150 acres of forest that they manage for timber and maple sugar.”
CFA is a 501-c3, non-profit organization located in Arkville. Its service area covers all six counties in the Catskills.