Coming up: Spring Walks and Talks!

Birding on the Rail Trail!Warbler
Rosendale Trestle and Extension of the Rail Trail, Rosendale
Saturday, May 2, 8:00 am

Join teacher and avid birder Chrissy Guarino and learn bird calls and identification. Bring binoculars if you have them!

This event is free for WVLT members, $5 for non-members

RSVP for meeting location and additional details. Call: 845-255-2761 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.*

Turtle Day!
Monitoring Eastern Box Turtles on the Smith Property,  Gardiner
Saturday, May 9,  10:00 am -12:00 pm

Lend a hand at Wallkill Valley Land Trust’s annual Walk and Talk on the Smith Property! Anne Smith, with the help of biologist Joe Bridges, have been monitoring the box turtle population on the Smith property since 2005. Once a year, the Smiths’ invite community members to join in their search for migrating turtles in the hopes of finding more repeaters and learning more about their range.  Participation is limited and registration with the WVLT is required. For more information on the project visit www.boxturtlesny.comLeaders for the day are Anne Smith and Joe Bridges, and the Walk and Talk includes a brief overview of the project as well as a lesson in Box Turtle identification, followed by participants heading out to the fields to find turtles. This free program is not to be missed! Come prepared for choppy terrain and ticks. 

This event is rain or shine (turtles like rain), and directions will be given upon registration with the Wallkill Valley Land Trust, so please RSVP to this event by contacting our office at (845)255-2761 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.*

Stargazing on the Osborne Farm!    (a Conservation Easement) 
with the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association, New Paltz/Gardiner
Friday, May 15, 8:30 pm

Join us with MHAA and their telescopes as we explore what is to be seen from this wonderful farm, also protected with a conservation easement.

This event is free for members and $5 for non-WVLT members.

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Wallkill Valley Land Trust Seeks Accreditation

March 3, 2015

The national land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet best practices and excellence for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Wallkill Valley Land Trust is pleased to announce it is applying for accreditation in 2015. A public comment period is now open.  

LTA Accreditation

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the national Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. “Seeking accreditation is a rigorous process that requires us to look at every aspect of our organization, from project selection to fundraising to record keeping,” Chris Bernabo, President of the Wallkill Valley Trust. “It’s rewarding to see how our land trust has grown and increased its impact. We’re now looking forward to attaining this national recognition for the great conservation work we do here in southern Ulster County."

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Wallkill Valley Land Trust complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see www.landtrustaccreditation.org/tips-and-tools/indicator-practices.

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org and click on the “submit feedback” button, or email your comment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax)518-587-3183; (mail) 112 Spring Street, Suite 204, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Rosendale Trestle

Ottaway compressed Plaques in 2 compressed WVLT compressed

Help support the ongoing maintenance of the Rosendale Trestle by donating to this campaign of the Wallkill Valley Land Trust. Celebrate a loved one, a memory, or show your business support through your design.

For a donation of $1,500 or more, you decide what you want on your plaque, and work with our designer to ensure the text and/ or image meets your expectations.

The one of a kind Trestle plaques are a bronzed 4 ¾” x 4 ¾ “ and 3/16” thick. The recessed surface is patinaed, and the entire plaque lacquer sealed. Each plaque is riveted to the Corten-steel railings, spaced apart (approximately 8 feet).

To donate to the Trestle Fund click here.

Click here to download the plaque design form.

Connector Trail Under Trestle Now Open

Ribbon Cut WVLT SignIn 2009, the Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) in partnership with the Open Space Institute (OSI), acquired 11.5 miles of rail trail between the towns of New Paltz and Kingston, NY. This acquisition almost doubled the length of the original Wallkill Valley Rail Trail which WVLT holds conservation easements on. The highlight of the 2009 purchase was the iconic 940-foot-long Rosendale Railroad Trestle.


After a $1.5 million renovation, the Rosendale Trestle opened to the public a year ago (2013) providing the most spectacular vista on the scenic Rail Trail. While the Trestle is only a short walk from the Town of Rosendale, and is clearly visible from many Main Street businesses, it spans 150 feet above Route 213 and Rondout Creek. Access into the Town from the Trestle and extension of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail exists via a busy County Road with limited sidewalks, and small shoulders  - making pedestrian access a challenge!


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WVLT Events and Campaigns

  • WVLT holds conservation easements on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail in Gardiner and New Paltz. In partnership with Open Space Institute,WVLT doubled the length of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail through Rosendale and Ulster, which includes the restoration of the Trestle.   Click here to see more about this campaign!
  • Joppenbergh Mountain, is owned by the Wallkill Valley Land Trust. Learn more about this special mountain, and how you can help!
  • Walks and Talks are set up, check them out!
  • Interested in learning about what a Conservation Easement is, and what you can do to protect you property? Contact us today!