A Nature Preserve on Churchill Mountain - Daily Gorgeous Sunsets and Star Filled Skies! 101 Acres of living History. As one of the only private forest preserves in the region outside the Blue Line (The Catskill Park), the Michael Kudish Natural History Preserve. Inc. is dedicated, in perpetuity, to continued support and protection of the natural and human heritage of the Catskill Mountain Region. Once known as "The Queen of the Catskills" Stamford New York has been an ideal location to escape from the hustle and bustle since the 1800's. Neighboring Utsayantha Mountain has the only fire tower in the Catskills that you can drive to (or hike of course), offering 360 degree views of the majestic Catskills, "America's First Wilderness".