WVLT must raise the funds needed for our perpetual obligations of this conservation easement, which is why we are contacting you today. A minimum of $10,000 is required for our Conservation and Defense Fund and our stewardship needs, which in totality, supports our long-term responsibilities to monitor and enforce Taliaferro Farms’ permanent conservation restrictions.
Pete and Robin Taliaferro have expressed publicly, for many years, their desire to see their land protected forever. They firmly believe in their commitment to agriculture and together WVLT and Scenic Hudson have worked with the family to secure the future of the Farm and its ability to produce fresh, local food for the benefit of the community.
Join Lynn Bowdery on a slow walk up to the lookout point on Joppenbergh Mountain and search for spring ephemerals, early migrants and soaring raptors, emerging plant life, and all that points to spring’s arrival. Of course, we will examine and discuss anything that catches our attention, including some lichens. The path to the lookout rises a modest 200 feet in elevation but is steep and rocky in a few places. Meet the group in the parking area by Willow Kiln Park, behind Rosendale Theater. Space is very limited for this walk.
Ann Guenther has been a naturalist and an environmental educator for decades and is now a climate-change activist. Guenther began her work as an information specialist at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City. After moving to the Hudson Valley with her husband, Dan, she worked as a classroom teacher and environmental educator. In 2007, the New York State Outdoor Education Association presented her with its Outdoor Educator Award for “using the outdoors to enrich curriculum and interpret the natural world in a way that has expanded the environmental appreciation of children or adults.”
You might want to bring the following: water, a small notepad, tick-smart clothes, comfortable walking shoes or boots suitable for walking in muddy conditions, layers, a magnifying glass, and/or binoculars.
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).
(Please Note: Plaques are completed in batches. After design completion, they typically take a few months to be manufactured.)
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 in 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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