NATURE PRESERVES

Discover a nature preserve and escape to the beauty of the great outdoors. The following nature preserves are protected forever with WVLT conservation easements.

NYQUIST HARCOURT WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Located on Huguenot Street in the town and village of New Paltz, this 56-acre property has relatively open areas dominated by grasses and herbaceous plants. These provide rich and varied habitat opportunities for a wide range of plants and animals. The Sanctuary includes an “oxbow,” a complex of ponds and wetlands remaining from a tightly-curved meander cut off when the Wallkill River straightened its course hundreds of years ago.

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Photo – Bill Hueston

MILL BROOK PRESERVE

Mill Brook Preserve is a 134-acre Nature Preserve in New Paltz open to the public from dawn to dusk. This preserve was created to protect open space, conserve biodiversity and wildlife habitats, allow the existing natural systems to provide flood protection, erosion control, drainage, and other natural functions, and to provide recreational and educational opportunities for residents and visitors.

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PHILLIES BRIDGE FARM PROJECT

In 2003, WVLT partnered with OSI on a project with landowners Mary and Jim Ottaway, to permanently protect the 65-acre Phillies Bridge Farm Project, which also hosts a CSA and education organization that remains active today. The property is divided by a wetland corridor. A 1.5-mile interpretive nature trail winds through the hardwood forest in the western portion of the property, and the eastern portion consists of agricultural fields and greenhouses.

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Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in Ulster County by conserving lands of scenic, agricultural, ecological, recreational, and cultural significance.

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