Focusing on capturing nature under dramatic weather and lighting conditions, Hardie has highlighted some of the Hudson Valley’s most iconic natural places.
We hope you will be able to join us for a dinner celebrating his work and the impact this has made on conservation in our region.
Image: Truesdale's "Fall Carriageway, Minnewaska State Park"
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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About us: The Wallkill Valley Land Trust’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in Southern Ulster County by conserving lands of scenic, agricultural, ecological, recreational and cultural significance. Since becoming a not-for-profit in 1987, the Land Trust has protected over 2500 acres of land. The Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) currently holds 34 conservation easements and owns 6 lands open to the public for recreational use, including the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and Joppenbergh Mountain. The Land Trust partners with neighboring organizations on farmland protection programs, rail trail connection initiatives, and other collaborative projects. Current land protection work encompasses a 323-acre farm spanning the towns of Plattekill and Marlborough, the permanent protection of the Mill Brook Preserve in the Town and the Village of New Paltz, and over 50-acres of documented Box Turtle habitat in the Town of Gardiner.
Position Title: Land Steward Assistant (10-20 hours/week), no benefits
Reports to: Executive Director Start Date: September 2016
Location: New Paltz, NY. Travel throughout southern Ulster County required.
Position Summary: The Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) Land Steward Assistant helps to oversee the stewardship responsibilities of WVLT conservation easements and fee lands under the oversight of the WVLT Conservation Committee (via the Executive Director). The Land Steward Assistant also participates with the stewardship of lands pursuant to contracts between WVLT and municipalities or other land conservation organizations.