Learn with Bard College Environmental and Urban Studies program coordinator Tom O’Dowd about common and uncommon trees, using the special clues they leave us, including identification through bark, buds, seeds and leaves found in the fields and forests of this Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) Farm and WVLT Conservation Easement.
This land preservation agreement was donated by the Phillies Bridge Farm Project, Inc. in 2003 to protect valuable soils, wetlands, woods, and the rural character of Gardiner/New Paltz.
Join Tom Rankin and MHAA members and their telescopes as we explore what the night skies offer. Learn how to identify constellations, galaxy clusters, and view the Milky Way as the night descends. Wear layers and bring a red headlamp. Lawn chairs are welcome.
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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