Today, global economic fragility, social alienation and environmental breakdown seem to point to a time of crisis for all humanity.

‒ A. Keith Smiley, who inspired us "to perceive problems as opportunities." (1980)

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2014 Events


Where it Grows, Where it Goes

Achieving Local Food Security

Monday, Nov.10, 2014, 9 am - 4 pm

A Mohonk Consultations Autumn Conference

In an era of growing demand for a sustainable and accessible local food supply and of increasing need for available land, the conference addressed these topics:

Paul Colucci and Laura Watson's Full Moon Farm crew in Gardiner NY cut hay in the summer to  feed its grass-fed registered Devon cattle, goats, sheep and pigs during the cold months. The farm uses only natural amendments on their pasturage (no chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides). Courtesty of Full Moon Farm.

  • Protecting farms and farmland – policy and preservation
  • Expanding local markets
  • Supporting young farmers and start-ups
  • Strengthening infrastructure for agriculture
  • The Farmers' Experience
  • New, Local Food & Farming Initiatives



  • Todd Erling – Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation. 11-10-14 Power Point Show:"Agriculture as Economic Development through Rural-Urban Partnerships" 
  • Jerry Cosgrove, Local Economies Project
  • Christina Grace, American Farmland Trust
  • Kathleen Frith, Glynwood
  • Local Farmers:  Lindsey Shute, Pete Taliaferro, Pete Ferrante, and Paul Colucci
  • Steve Rosenberg, Scenic Hudson. 11-10-14 Powerpoint Show:  "Conserving Our Regional Foodshed"
  • Jim Hyland, Winter Sun Farms
  • Kevin Terr, Red Barn Produce Inc.
  • Justine Legere, Bridge Creek Cafe and Catering


Click HERE to see the Conference Program 

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Updated November 23, 2014






Sun June 8, 2014, 5-8 pm

Distinguished Environmental Achievement

Award Ceremony


Arm-of-the-Sea Theater and its founders,

Marlena Marallo & Patrick Wadden

Mohonk Consultations was proud to give the 2014 Distinguished Environmental Achievement Award to Arm-of-the-Sea Theater and its founders and artistic directors, Marlena Marallo and Patrick Wadden at Mohonk Mountain House Parlor on Sunday, June 8, 2014. The ceremony was followed by a powerful performance and  delicious reception.


Arm-of-the-Sea Theater's founders and artistic directors, Marlena Marallo and Patrick Wadden. Courtesy of Patrick Wadden.


Founded in 1982, Arm-of-the-Sea Theater’s five-member company melds performance art, ecology and social action, to “explore the links between human communities and the life-support processes of the planet.” They tour to performing arts centers, festivals, community venues, and schools throughout the Northeast and beyond.








Sun April 27, 2014, 3-6 pm

Lyme Aid and Tick Talk: Seeking Solutions

A Community Forum

Mohonk Consultations presented a community forum focusing on prevention of Lyme Disease and tick-borne illnesses in Mohonk Mountain House Parlor.

Keynote speaker, Congressman Chris Gibson, addressed what is being done at the federal level. Other speakers include the following:


Tree-huggers at Mohonk Preserve.
Photo by Meme Hanley.
Courtesy of Mohonk Preserve.


Dr. Kenneth Liegner of Pawling, NY discussed management issues of Lyme Disease. He has been actively involved in diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease and related disorders since 1988. See two articles by Dr. Liegner here:

Mason Kauffman, CEO of US BIOLOGIC, reviewed the research into tick-borne disease control.  US BIOLOGIC implements LymeShield technology, an innovative solution that breaks the transmission cycle of Lyme disease in the wild. For more information on US Biologic's work, see this February 2014 article from the Huffington Post: The Global Search for Education: Ticks-Breaking the Transmission of Lyme Disease

Jill Auerbach, chair of the Hudson Valley Lyme Disease Association and Meredith Johnson, mental health counselor, wellness consultant and planning committee member of Wild Earth’s upcoming Light on Lyme event,  spoke about support groups, prevention tips and how participants can join their social action networks.

Thank you to all who joined us. Together,  we can take back the woods !





In 2013 we held these events:

A Watershed Moment:

Changing Climate

& the Future of Our Water Resources 

A Conference presented by
Mohonk Consultations & the Hudson River Watershed Alliance  

Monday, November 11, 2013, 9 am - 4 pm
  Mohonk Mountain House Conference Center

In the Hudson Valley Region, climate trends indicate that our communities will experience stronger storms and wetter weather.  The increased incidence of flooding and the need for more careful water management are complex challenges already being faced by many local towns and villages. We will bring together concerned citizens and representatives of community organizations, businesses, local government, and higher education to address these issues and explore how we can together best adapt to this dimension of climate change. [Photo by Simon Gruber. A damaged road, overturned truck, and flooded farm fields in the black dirt region of the Wallkill River flood plain, southern Orange County, NY.]

The conference focused on these topics:

*       Reducing and managing the risk of flooding, including consideration of land use in floodplains and other areas near streams and exploring the value of green infrastructure strategies for storm water and stream corridor  management

*         Addressing water quality issues in the context of stream management goals and increased flooding 
*       Managing water resources to ensure adequate supplies for drinking water and other human and commercial needs, while also protecting streams and watersheds to restore and sustain the region's fisheries, wildlife, recreational opportunities and other priorities

*         Creating community-based, sustainable water resources planning and management strategies that can enhance the region's economy, create jobs and contribute to our overall quality of life, including linkages with public health, fitness, and the well-being of our communities.

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. William Solecki, Director of the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities and Professor of soleckiGeography at Hunter College-CUNY.  He is an author of the International Panel on Climate Change’s latest report, currently being finalized; the convening lead author for the "Urban, Infrastructure, and Vulnerability" chapter of the now-underway U.S. National Climate Assessment, and he co-chairs the New York City Panel on Climate Change.

Agenda: Click HERE  to view as a .pdf file.


Comment on Water Resources Conference, received 11/20/13:

I wanted to thank [Mohonk Consultations] for all the hospitality at the climate change conference on November 11, 2013. The speakers were excellent and the conference did achieve its goal of facilitating practical action, certainly from my perspective.  It was very helpful in formulating comments we submitted to incorporate climate change into the filtration avoidance determination for the New York City Watershed.  See attached [public] document,  Office of the Watershed Inspector General, Comments of the Draft Mid-Term Revisions to the 2007 Filtration Avoidance Determination, November 15, 2013.


Philip Bein

Watershed Inspector General
New York State Attorney General’s Office
The Capitol
Albany, New York 12224

2013 Distinguished Environmental Achievement Award

Paul C. Huth Honored
for Exceptional Environmental Work

Monday, April 22, 2013PCH_TMS_110421-001--Mohonk Consultations and Mohonk Preserve were joined by over 150 celebratees at the joint presentation of Mohonk Consultations’ 2013 Distinguished Environmental Achievement Award to the Preserve’s Director Emeritus of Research Paul C. Huth, honoringhis nearly four decades of service for the Preserve in the Mohonk Mountain House Parlor.

“Paul Huth is a walking encyclopedia of the flora and fauna of the Shawangunk Ridge,” said Mohonk Consultations’ Vice Chair Sandra Smiley. “His many years of working alongside Dan Smiley allowed Paul to absorb the essence of Dan’s mission of commitment to maintaining a balance between human activities and a healthy natural environment.”  [Photo by Tim Shuipis. Courtesy of Mohonk Preserve, DSRC]

Paul worked with Dan Smiley from 1974 until Dan’s death in 1989, when Paul assumed the role of the Preserve’s Director of Research. During his long career, Paul has made science accessible to 1000s of Preserve visitors and Mohonk Mountain House guests through his engaging lectures, educational nature walks, and Daniel Smiley Research Center tours.

“As the Preserve marks its 50th Anniversary in 2013, we were delighted to join Mohonk Consultations in honoring Paul for his extraordinary leadership in environmental research and education,” said Mohonk Preserve Executive Director Glenn Hoagland. “We look forward to working with Paul in his continuing role as Director of Research Emeritus at the Preserve for many years to come.”

The Award program included a “virtual field trip,” a nominating speech by Mohonk Preserve Director of Conservation Science John Thompson, and a keynote presentation by Mohonk historian, Larry Burgess, Ph.D., Director of the A.K. Smiley Public Library in Redlands, California. The program also featured a well attended reception.

Part of the proceeds went to benefit Mohonk Consultations and Mohonk Preserve.



Thank you to all who helped make our November 2012 Conference a great success. We welcomed over 120 people and reported on the content in our annual 2013 newsletter.


Exploring exciting innovations in sustainable energy
to assist small businesses, municipalities,
individuals & farmers

A Mohonk Consultations Conference

Monday, November 12th, 2012
9 am - 4 pm

Mohonk Mountain House Conference Center



Keynote Talk: Kevin Cahill, New York State Assemblyman, Chair of NYS Assembly Energy Committee

  • Solar - Vinnie Cozzillino, The Solar Energy Consortium
  • Wind - Central Hudson engineering staff
  • Geothermal - Fred Schabot, Lowe's Plumbing
  • Biofuel - Jim Ottaway, converting municipal waste to energy
  •  NYSERDA - financial incentives for implementation
  • Energy Efficiency - Pasquale Strocchia

Breakout Groups  -  Networking  -  Vendor Tables