The WVLT had an exciting 2021. We achieved re-accreditation from the Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission. This is a mark of distinction, showing that WVLT meets high standards for land conservation. This catalyst for improvement illustrates WVLT’s dedication to long-term sustainability of our work protecting open spaces, trails and farms in Ulster County. The five year term is a goal WVLT will reapply for in 2026.
While the pandemic was, and remains a substantial impact, we cut costs and carefully managed our limited resources to navigate the challenging times. This was, at the same time, as our open spaces were embraced as everyone’s personal spaces- leading to historic use of our protected lands. In order to best steward our obligations, we leveraged our dedicated volunteers and continued our hands-on SUNY New Paltz college intern programing- albeit with masks on!
In order to secure the long-term foundation for the future of WVLT, we are launching an endowment campaign to support our operations. This work, along with our streamlined operations, high-level financial oversight (working with UHY- a licensed independent accounting firm), and our focus on board development and training, is pivotal for protecting our open spaces, trails and farms.
With your support, we can protect nature for life.