News and Our Environment

The Pollinator Gardener: Spring Clean

April 25, 2022

  The Pollinator Gardener is a recurring feature in Field Notes.  The following is a partial reprint from the cornerpollinatorgarden.net Pollinator Garden Spring Clean-up  Okay, now that spring has arrived, you […]

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Foragers & Herbalists # 4: The Springtime of Wild Chives

March 22, 2022

by Merrie Witkin As the snows of winter recede, most of us look forward to our favorite springtime rituals— walking in the woods and fields and seeking out early spring flowers, […]

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Species Spotlight: Spongy Moth and Wood Frog

March 21, 2022

Spongy Moth; Lymantria dispar dispar by Cara Gentry During the summer of 2021, our Coordinator of Land Stewardship, Cara Gentry, went mountain biking in the Adirondacks and observed areas that […]

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The Pollinator Bookshelf: Noah’s Garden

March 18, 2022

The Pollinator Bookshelf is a new feature in Field Notes. Each month we’ll introduce different book and author. This month’s author is Sarah Stein. Noah’s Garden: Restoring the Ecology of […]

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The Pollinator Gardener: Where to Buy Natives

March 18, 2022

  The Pollinator Gardener is a recurring feature in Field Notes.  By Angela Sisson Over the years I’ve purchased native plants and seeds from a wide variety of sources including […]

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Legislature Appropriates $2.1 Million American Rescue Plan Act Funds to Improve Ulster County’s Trail Infrastructure

March 17, 2022

The Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) is grateful for the passage of a $2.1 million allocation from the American Rescue Plan Act funds to be used in improving trail infrastructure in […]

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Species Spotlight: Purple Loosestrife and Skunk Cabbage

February 18, 2022

by Kimberly Stever Purple Loosestrife; Lythrum salicaria Purple loosestrife is an invader of wetlands throughout nearly all of North America. Native to Europe, North Africa and Asia, it was likely introduced […]

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The Pollinator Gardener: Coping with Deer in Winter

February 18, 2022

The Pollinator Gardener is a new feature in Field Notes.  By Angela Sisson Trees and shrubs are valuable plants in our ecological landscape and especially important to pollinators. Hardwood trees […]

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The Pollinator Bookshelf: Nature’s Best Hope

February 18, 2022

The Pollinator Bookshelf is a new feature in Field Notes. Each month we’ll introduce different book and author. This month’s author is Doug Tallamy.   Doug Tallamy is a founder […]

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Foragers and Herbalists: Why Herbs Part II

February 18, 2022

By Merrie Witkin  When we last convened during the snows of January, I was waxing volubly about the benefits of cultivating herbs. This month, part II of that discussion focuses  on […]

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Species Spotlight: Coyote and Mugwort

January 19, 2022

Mugwort, Artemesia vulgaris Mugwort. Few plants have gardeners like myself shaking their fists at lush fields like this one. Once you learn how to find it, you’ll notice it everywhere. […]

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Foragers and Herbalists: Why Herbs Part I

January 19, 2022

Foragers & Herbalists: Why Herbs Part I By Merrie Witkin  At this time of year—in the dead of winter—my physical and virtual mailboxes are  overflowing with plant and garden catalogues […]

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