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October 1st, 2017

Save the Date for Our
30th Anniversary Gala Dinner
Honoring the Founders of the Wallkill Valley Land Trust
 
215 Huguenot Street, New Paltz
All Walks and Talks are FREE for WVLT Members, $5 suggested donation for the general public, unless otherwise noted.. Become a member!  
PLEASE RSVP!!
Register by clicking the links below, or by calling 845-255-2761. 

Sunday, 6/25, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Tree Walk with Tom O’Dowd Wallkill Valley Rail Trail in New Paltz.
Meet at the Water Street Market Amphitheatre (outside of the Mudd Puddle), New Paltz.
See the trees of the forest! What tree is that?  What is on those leaves? 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 public linear park and WVLT Conservation Easement. Click to REGISTER for the Tree Walk
 
Sunday, 8/27, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ferns and More in Rosendale with Lynn Bowdery.
Wallkill Valley Rail Trail from Binnewater Lot to Joppenbergh Mtn.
Meet at the Rail Trail Parking Lot on Binnewater Road, about .3 mile north of Route 213, Rosendale.
The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail north of the great trestle over the Rondout in Rosendale passes through a variety of shaded habitats which support a nice variety of ferns and other plants. Join WVLT’s Land Steward for a leisurely walk along the rail bed exploring the diversity of ferns and whatever else is interesting. Wear comfortable shoes, bring water, insect repellant and field guides as desired.  Binoculars and magnifying glasses can be useful for studying plants, too.  Click to REGISTER for Ferns and More!
On October 14, 2012, we honored Bob Taylor with our Annual Conservation Award at Apple Greens Golf Course with a banquet and over 100 people.
Thank you Bob for your years of dedication to protecting open space!


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WVLT Vice President, Robert Witkowski with Bob Taylor and Christine DeBoer, Executive Director

On Sunday, October 5th, we honored  Glenn Hoagland with our 2014 Conservation Award!

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On Sunday, October 20th, 2013 at the Hare East Easement we honored Joan Burroughs with our annual Conservation Award.HareProperty2013 Chairs2WEB

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Joan has long been an advocate for open space protection.  As the great-granddaughter of Naturalist John Burroughs, she has maintained his legacy of conservation and protection of the natural world and spearheaded the four-year State and privately funded project to restore and expand hiking trails at Slabsides.  

She is currently on the board of directors at the John Burroughs Association.

This year's Honorary Committee included: Bob Anderberg, Anne Bienstock and Russell Gilmore, Peter Bienstock, Allan and Lynn Bowdery, Patricia and Richard Brooks, Donald Christian, Mary Collins, Glenn Hoagland, Jim Hoover, Sandra Hutton, John Jacobs, Cara Lee,  Jay LeFevre, John Jacobs, Paul Kellar, Ron Knapp, Annie O'Neill, Steve Rosenberg, Angela Sisson and Johanna Sokolov, Vivian and John Wadlin.

 

Make a donation today in honor of Joan.

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Thank you everyone who came out for the
House Tour on Saturday, June 3rd!
It was a lovely day and we so are so thankful to our homwoeners, volunteers and sponsors!
 
Proceeds benefit WVLT's land preservation efforts. 

The First Highway: Huguenot Homesteads from

New Paltz to Bontecoe

The 2017 focus on the Town of New Paltz coincided with the year-long celebration WVLT's 30th Anniversary. The closing reception was held at a private farm on the Land Trust’s first easement. The tour explored the fascinating legacy of New Paltz’s Huguenots and their expansion northward along the eastern banks of the Wallkill River to Bontecoe on the Esopus border. The “Patentees”  - as the first dozen settlers were called – built their houses on the terrace above the Wallkill River where vistas sweep west to the Shawangunk Mountains. Their descendants moved beyond New Paltz to cultivate the rich alluvial soil of the floodplain.

The tour began with a special program at Historic Huguenot Street. Also featured were seven of the town's important houses and farms from the early 18th century and the mid-20th. All were either built by Huguenot descendants or upon Huguenot lands. Included were early stone houses, a 1930s Federal-style stone dwelling, a stunning brick Greek revival beauty, a fanciful late 19th century manor house, and a soaring labrynthine barn converted for modern living. 

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