March 3, 2015
The national land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet best practices and excellence for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Wallkill Valley Land Trust is pleased to announce it is applying for accreditation in 2015. A public comment period is now open.
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the national Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. “Seeking accreditation is a rigorous process that requires us to look at every aspect of our organization, from project selection to fundraising to record keeping,” Chris Bernabo, President of the Wallkill Valley Trust. “It’s rewarding to see how our land trust has grown and increased its impact. We’re now looking forward to attaining this national recognition for the great conservation work we do here in southern Ulster County."
The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Wallkill Valley Land Trust complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see www.landtrustaccreditation.org/tips-and-tools/indicator-practices.
Help support the ongoing maintenance of the Rosendale Trestle by donating to this campaign of the Wallkill Valley Land Trust. Celebrate a loved one, a memory, or show your business support through your design.
For a donation of $1,500 or more, you decide what you want on your plaque, and work with our designer to ensure the text and/ or image meets your expectations.
The one of a kind Trestle plaques are a bronzed 4 ¾” x 4 ¾ “ and 3/16” thick. The recessed surface is patinaed, and the entire plaque lacquer sealed. Each plaque is riveted to the Corten-steel railings, spaced apart (approximately 8 feet).
In 2009, the Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) in partnership with the Open Space Institute (OSI), acquired 11.5 miles of rail trail between the towns of New Paltz and Kingston, NY. This acquisition almost doubled the length of the original Wallkill Valley Rail Trail which WVLT holds conservation easements on. The highlight of the 2009 purchase was the iconic 940-foot-long Rosendale Railroad Trestle.
After a $1.5 million renovation, the Rosendale Trestle opened to the public a year ago (2013) providing the most spectacular vista on the scenic Rail Trail. While the Trestle is only a short walk from the Town of Rosendale, and is clearly visible from many Main Street businesses, it spans 150 feet above Route 213 and Rondout Creek. Access into the Town from the Trestle and extension of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail exists via a busy County Road with limited sidewalks, and small shoulders - making pedestrian access a challenge!
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