News and Our Environment

Foragers & Herbalists: The Reluctant Assassin – Foraging for Big Game in the Hudson Valley

November 30, 2022

By Mark Eis As a kid in upstate New York, deer hunting was a sort of autumn background noise that I generally ignored, a ritual undertaken by the kids still […]

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November Species Spotlight: White Tailed Deer & Italian Arum

November 30, 2022

White Tailed Deer, Odocoileus virginianus White tailed deer are common across the entirety of the United States, except for Utah, California, and Nevada and have an estimated nationwide population of 30 […]

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October Species Spotlight: Silver Haired Bat & White Nose Syndrome

October 31, 2022

Silver haired bat, Lasionycteris noctivagans The diminutive silver haired bat can be found in forests across mainland North America from northern Mexico to southern Canada and Alaska. They belong to the […]

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Foragers & Herbalists: Preserving Your Harvest Part 2

October 31, 2022

By Merrie Witkin Last month’s column discussed ways to preserve fresh herbs.  This month we discuss storing and using dried herbs, including in herb mixtures.  Over the past few weeks […]

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WVLT Survey

October 17, 2022

We need your help! Please take a few minutes to complete our survey! WVLT is looking to gather thoughts and impressions in order to better meet the needs of the […]

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September Species Spotlight: Common Buckthorn and Goldenrod

September 30, 2022

Goldenrods of New York (Solidago spp.) Goldenrods provide a bounty of color in New York state during the latter portion of the summer and the fall. There are 24 species […]

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Foragers & Herbalists: Preserving Your Harvest Part 1

September 29, 2022

By Merrie Witkin It has been a tough summer for Hudson Valley gardeners, with high temperatures and the longest drought (at least in Southern Ulster County) I can remember. With […]

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OSI Begins Construction on New Round of Improvements to Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

September 29, 2022

Project will further improve public access and safety along the rail trail. New Paltz, NY (September 29, 2022)- The Open Space Institute (OSI), today announced the start of a project, […]

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August Species Spotlight: Highbush Blueberry and Spotted Wing Drosophila

August 31, 2022

Highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) Highbush blueberries are native to the state of NY and much of eastern North America from Nova Scotia, south to Georgia, and west to Wisconsin. They […]

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