preserving open space in ulster county
to benefit present and future generations

In June of 2019, we started a new project called #WVLTTrailTales where we meet people on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail or Joppenbergh Mountain and tell their story. These stories are told on our social media, but we'll also try to post them here. Please follow @wallkillvalleylandtrust to stay updated with our most recent trail tales.

Trail Tales 1

Trail Tales 2

Trail Tales 3

Trail Tales 4

 

October 25, 2018

New Paltz section of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail in winter

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. – In a move designed to streamline efforts to protect and manage Ulster County’s longest linear park – the 22-plus mile Wallkill Valley Rail Trail – The Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) announced it has established a committee specifically for the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. This move comes as part of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association’s (WVRTA) decision to voluntarily dissolve and transfer its assets and core mission to the WVLT. 
 

The WVRTA was formed in 1991 to conduct trail maintenance, coordinate activities on the Rail Trail, and manage community outreach and engagement. The WVLT’s Rail TrailCommittee will maintain oversight of the WVLT’s conservation easement and ownership obligations as well as coordinate Rail Trail activities, conduct outreach, and community engagement. Several of the prior members of the WVRTA board have joined the WVLT board and serve on the Rail Trail Committee to ensure a smooth and seamless transition. 

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OSI and WVLT donating services to remove encroaching trees and shrubs to improve safety, lay eventual groundwork for Empire State Trail

ULSTER COUNTY, NY (March 2, 2018)—The Open Space Institute (OSI) and the Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) are announcing the kick-off of improvement work along a 12-mile section of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, the celebrated multi-use recreational trail and linear park connecting Wallkill to Kingston. The initial work will include clearing of overgrown hazard trees and shrubs along the rail trail corridor. The overall improvements will set the stage for including it in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s transformative Empire State Trail, to open in 2020.

Commencing by the in 2019, the clearing work will be donated by volunteers, organizations, local businesses and the Town of Rosendale Highway Department along the Rail Trail in the towns of Rosendale and Ulster, excluding a small quarter-mile section by Williams Lake. Later improvements will be funded by a 2013 NYS Recreational Trails Program grant and a 2017 NYS Environmental Protection Fund grant, both secured by OSI in partnership with WVLT. Private fundraising efforts will provide additional support toward the $750,000 project.

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Planning on using the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail for an event?
Then Please fill out this form and send to us at least 30 days prior to the event.
Mail: PO Box 208, New Paltz, NY 12561
Drop Off: 64 Huguenot Street, New Paltz, NY 12561

***NOTE*** Drainage improvement and bridge updates to be done to the

Wallkill Valley Rail Trail this late summer into fall (2019)--- therefore, sections of the Trail may be closed.***
***For more information, call our office: 845-255-2761 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ****

 


WVRT at Plains Rd

Missed the workshops? Submit your comments to:

Brian C. Slack, Principal Transportation Planner, UCTC
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (845) 334-5590

Find out more: https://ulstercountyny.gov/transportation-council/active-studies/wallkill-valley-rail

Ulster County Transportation Council (UCTC), in partnership with the Village of New Paltz, Wallkill Valley Land Trust, and Historic Huguenot Street, is pleased to announce the beginning of a planning and community engagement process addressing the future use and design of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail in the Village of New Paltz.
 
The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Community Opportunity Plan will develop options to optimize multimodal active transport, open space and recreational enhancement on the heavily used part of the trail within the heart of the Village of New Paltz. The Plan will focus on how to reimagine this important regional trail hub and community asset.