Christine DeBoer, Executive Director                           

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For Immediate Release: Rail Trail Section Closure for Repairs

The Wallkill Valley Land Trust is undertaking a much needed improvement at the south end of the Rosendale Trestle on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. On April 21, 2014 construction will commence to address the storm water drainage issue that has historically plagued this section of the trail and led to significant trail erosion issues. Drainage catch basins will be placed from Mountain Road north towards the trestle and the water will be diverted into piping that will travel under the trestle. Some remediation of the washed out sections of the Rail Trail will also be addressed at this time. In order to perform this work, the Wallkill Valley Land Trust must close access to the southern end of the trestle during the construction as heavy machinery will be present.  The Rail Trail will be open south of the trestle, and trestle access from the North side will continue to be available. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we work to improve and protect the Rail Trail for the future. While the work timeline is weather dependent, we do not expect the construction to extend beyond 8 days.

We will also be beginning construction of the trail UNDER the trestle, now that the ground is thawing. This connector trail will provide passage from the Rail Trail into the Town of Rosendale, allowing pedestrians to avoid the busy shoulder of Keator Avenue as well as providing safer (and more pleasant) access. It will have a few switchbacks in order to navigate the steep terrain that the topography provides, with a few steps. The entire trail has been designed with sustainability in mind, and will be made of natural materials. The Wallkill Valley Land Trust is very excited to be working with the Town of Rosendale to connect this trail into Main Street: along the Rondout Creek and across Route 7 (the Keator Ave Bridge). We hope to have the connector trail from the Rail Trail and under the trestle complete this Spring, and a grand opening celebration will be announced. Again we appreciate everyone’s patience as we work on this trail project and the drainage project.

Saturday, May 31, 2014!chorny WEB

11am- 4:30pm

Houses and Farms in the Wallkill River Valley
The Changing Face of Agriculture in Gardiner and Shawangunk

Our 4th annual tour explores the rich farming region of the Shawangunk Kill and Wallkill River valleys with stunning views of the Shawangunk Mountain ridge.

Featuring the finest historic houses and their farm complexes, the tour includes an 18th C. Dutch stone house and barn, several 18th -20th C. Federal homes, a Greek-Revival clapboard, neo-classic public buildings, early industrial sites, and a green contemporary fashioned from a 19th C. barn structure. Seven properties are on the National Register.

Tickets $40 / $35 by May 30 ($5 Member Discount)  


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Ticket pick-up day of tour 10:30am - 2:00 pm:
TuthillHouse at the Mill Restaurant, 20 Gristmill Lane, Gardiner, NY
Admission includes informal reception at private home.

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If you are concerned about the steady loss of our wildlife habitats, scenic vistas, and farmlands, now is the time to act.

Become a 2014 member of the Wallkill Valley Land Trust to help insure the long-term health of our community - the Wallkill River Valley and Southern Ulster, the quality of our air and water, and the overall beauty of this region.

Through membership in the Land Trust, you will stand with others in the Wallkill Valley and beyond who have chosen to preserve our natural resources for future generations.We exist because of YOU, our dedicated and generous supporters. We feel it is important that your generosity be recognized by the distinction of membership. Please add your support to the preservation of land in this community by joining the Wallkill Valley Land Trust today.  Mail to WVLT PO Box 208, New Paltz, NY 12561.

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thumb WVRTExtension Legal w  Check it out!  A new map of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Extension.

Thank you Taconic Site Design & Landscape Architecture

for your incredible work on this.

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Thanks to your help, the Rosendale Trestle is OPEN! 150 feet high, 940 feet long, and a iconic landmark of this extension of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail.

Together  the Wallkill Valley Land Trust and Open Space Institute have nearly completed the $1.5 million fundraising for the restoration of the trestle, but we still have $120,000 to go! The Open Space Institute has committed a generous 4:1 matching challenge grant.  We need your help. With the challenge grant, this is the perfect time to make your gift today.  

The Wallkill Valley Land Trust, in partnership with Open Space Institute, acquired 11.5 miles of rail bed in Rosendale and Ulster including the trestle almost 4 years ago and since then we focused on restoring the trestle. The $1.5 million project (for just the restoration of the trestle) celebrated a grand opening June 29, 2013 and the trestle is now open dawn to dusk every day.


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