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February 2021 Species Spotlight-The Native Beaver and the Invasive Phragmites

February 18, 2021

By Kaitlyn Skees, SUNY New Paltz Student/ Intern   The Native Beaver We had a great opportunity to write about beavers (castor canadensis) this month, especially because they have been […]

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Site Analysis for Pollinator Plantings- Part 1- Wallkill Valley Pollinator Pathways

February 18, 2021

By Angela Sisson, Wallkill Valley Pollinator Pathway committee chair Now is a good time to start planning a pollinator-planting. To do so, it helps to understand a landscape through a […]

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Marty Irwin Joins WVLT Board

January 23, 2021

January 2021 Marty Irwin, a local volunteer, former New Paltz Town Board member, lifelong environmentalist, and Chair of the Board of Directors of Mohonk Consultations, recently joined the Wallkill Valley […]

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Start Growing Now- January 2021 Wallkill Valley Pollinator Pathway

January 20, 2021

Start Growing Now By Cheryl Alloway, Wallkill Valley Pollinator Pathway committee member and contributor.   Being cooped up this winter is getting to be a bit of a bore. Have […]

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January Species Spotlight: Maples

January 20, 2021

A Tale of Two Maples: Acer saccharum versus Acer platanoides By Robin Kuehn   Native: Sugar Maple, Acer saccharum What resident of the northeast United States doesn’t have a soft spot for our […]

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Open Space Institute and Wallkill Valley Land Trust Announce Completion of Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Improvements

December 22, 2020

    Million-dollar project improves public access and safety along the rail trail. For Immediate Release: December 18, 2020                        […]

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December 2020 Species Spotlight: Native versus Invasive Holly

December 15, 2020

By Cara Gentry, Coordinator of Land Stewardship Many think of holly is one of the quintessential winter holiday plant species. The evergreen leaves and red berries that bring color to […]

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Holiday Feasts, Thanks to our Pollinator Friends

December 15, 2020

By Robin Kuehn When sitting down at a holiday feast, do you ever think about what had to happen in order for the delicious food to appear in front of […]

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In Memorium of Anne Allbright Smith: A Passion for Nature

November 13, 2020

In Memorium Anne  Allbright Smith: A Passion for Nature In 2004, while building their house in Gardiner, Anne and Ray Smith discovered a turtle on the site. It was a […]

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A Celebration of the Rosendale Trestle

November 11, 2020

By Matt Kierstead with Vals Osborne The year 2020 heralds twin anniversaries for the Rosendale Trestle. Construction of the first railroad bridge over Rondout Creek at Rosendale, completed in 1872, […]

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Leave the Leaves for the Pollinators

November 11, 2020

Leaves were cool when I was a kid. In early autumn we would have a huge — huge as in humongous huge— pile of leaves to jump into, get completely […]

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Wallkill Valley Rail Trail- Improvement Work

October 14, 2020

When the Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT), in partnership with Open Space Institute, completed a 4 year, $1.5 million restoration campaign for the Rosendale Trestle, opening the 940 foot long […]

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