News and Our Environment

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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October Species Spotlight- The Emerging Invasive Spotted Lanternfly and the Native Black Walnut Tree

October 14, 2020

By Kaitlyn Skees, Sophomore in the SUNY New Paltz English Department This fall is a good time to enjoy the outdoors; however, this season is an important time to be […]

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Box Turtle Tales: An Interview with Anne Allbright Smith

October 13, 2020

By Caitlyn Bigelow, SUNY New Paltz Student   Since 2018, the Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) has been protecting approximately 57-acres of land under a conservation easement in Gardiner. Property […]

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Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Renewal

September 25, 2020

Public Notice The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Wallkill Valley Land Trust […]

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September Species Spotlight- Multiflora Rose and Native Pawpaw

September 15, 2020

By Cara Gentry, WVLT Coordinator for Land Stewardship Growing up in the northern Adirondacks, I had not encountered either of the species I am writing about for this article. Our […]

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August Species Spotlight- Virginia Opposum and Japanese Barberry

August 24, 2020

This month’s species spotlight looks at a native animal species and an invasive plant species — which both interact with ticks: The native Virginia Opposum and the invasive Japanese Barberry. […]

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Getting Around — On Rail Trails?

July 23, 2020

The Ulster County Transportation Council (UCTC) recently announced the launch of its “2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) public planning process,” which includes an online survey to “solicit input on […]

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July Species Spotlight- Tree of Heaven verses Staghorn Sumac

July 23, 2020

As part of an ongoing series of articles that examine invasive and native species found in our region, here we present the Tree of Heaven verses the Staghorn Sumac. NATIVE: Staghorn […]

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July Business Spotlight: Inn at Kettleboro

July 23, 2020

 By Kathryn Nohilly (WVLT Summer 2020 Intern) Set on 12 acres of peach and apple orchards in New Paltz, sits a historic home that today is a bed and breakfast […]

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