October 25, 2018
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.
"This is an exciting time for the Hudson Valley. Rail trails and connectivity are increasing, literally, foot by foot each day. With the absorption of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association into the Wallkill Valley Land Trust, we can streamline our work while also enhancing efforts to promote and steward this important resource in Ulster County," said WVLT's Executive Director Christie DeBoer.
The WVLT’s team of professional staff will assist with Rail Trail projects and collaborations. With this new Rail Trail Committee, the WVLT also expects to increase volunteer support for the Rail Trail's diverse needs.
Wallkill Valley Land Trust’s 9th Annual Houses on the Land Historic House Tour
The Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) announces its 9th annual Houses on the Land historic house tour, Rosendale and Beyond: Reshaping the Land – Farmsteads, Cement Works and Canal Towns. This year’s tour will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2019. It explores the fascinating early history and industrial and cultural heritage of Rosendale and surrounding hamlets - High Falls, Cottekill, Binnewater, Lawrenceville, Bloomington and Eddyville - from its early agrarian Dutch settlements through its evolution into a prosperous industrial boom-town in the nineteenth century, to its recent resurgence as a thriving artistic community. The building of the D & H Canal to transport coal from Pennsylvania to the Hudson River and the discovery of natural “Rosendale” cement, prized for its exceptional durability, and later the Wallkill Valley Railroad, shaped the town and brought international prominence to the area. The day begins with registration and a tour of the beautiful St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Among the other great historic sites open for tour-goers are Century House’s Colonial Revival interiors, a first in years, along with the Historical Society’s Museum, Carriage House and the Widow Jane Mine, as well as the DePuy Canal House, future home of the Historical Society’s D&H Canal Museum. Featured houses are among the area’s most important and interesting vernacular treasures dating from the early 18th to 20th centuries. Highlighted are stone farmhouses, the Greek Revival aesthetic, and Italianate and Colonial Revival expressions of prestige and wealth. This program promises a unique and memorable experience!
Tickets $50 / $45 members by May 30; $55 / $50 members thereafter. Volunteer: Take the tour for free and attend the reception!
Ticket pick-up Day of Tour 10:30 am – 1:30 pm sharp at St. Peter’s Catholic Church,1017 Keator Avenue, Rosendale, NY 12472. Admission includes the reception and wine tasting at a private home. Proceeds to benefit WVLT’s land preservation efforts.
Tom O'Dowd is a local naturalist interested in sharing the woody plants and estuarine creatures of New York State. As a WVLT board member, he serves as co-chair of the education committee and member of the conservation committee. Tom teaches for Marist College and several local environmental organizations.
This early spring tree identification walk will look at the diversity of woody plants in the Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary, from vines and shrubs to trees. Special attention will be paid to the under-appreciated field marks and of trees. If you are so inclined, you might want to bring your phone or electronic device with iNaturalist app downloaded - we will experiment with that! Dress for a slow and conversational walk.
Lend a hand at Wallkill Valley Land Trust’s annual Walk and Talk on the Smith Property! Once a year, the Smiths’ invite community members to join in their search for hibernating turtles in the hopes of finding more repeaters and learning more about their range. Participation is limited, free for all, and advance registration with the WVLT is required. For more information on the project: visit www.boxturtlesny.com. This event is rain or shine (turtles like rain). Space is very limited for this walk.
Alex Bartholomew is an Associate Professor of Stratigraphy and Paleontology at SUNY New Paltz. He did his undergraduate degree at Union College in Schenectady NY and his MS and PhD at the University of Cincinnati. He grew up in the northern Catskills in Schoharie County and now lives in New Paltz with his wife Amy who teaches Astronomy at SUNY, their daughter Annabeth and a new baby girl due in July.
Dr. Bartholomew will walk us through a rarely seen private conservation easement for a unique look at scenic bedrock outcrops comprised of Ordovivian Taconic Orogeny sediments. Alex is not only a wealth of information on the local geology, but he also strives to learn about the complete ecosystem. Knowing this, we can be sure to get distracted by the beautiful vernal pools and wooded wetlands on the property as well as other exciting natural features.
What bird is making that sound? Are there ways to tell birds apart just by looking at how they fly? Join science teacher and long-time avid birder Chrissy Guarino to learn bird calls, as well as tools for identifying resident and migrating songbirds and waterfowl in the oxbow lake. Bring binoculars if you have them! (Please no pets and no children under seven.) Space is very limited for this walk.
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Thank you, Sponsors, for standing with conservation!
WVLT must raise the funds needed for our perpetual obligations of this conservation easement, which is why we are contacting you today. A minimum of $10,000 is required for our Conservation and Defense Fund and our stewardship needs, which in totality, supports our long-term responsibilities to monitor and enforce Taliaferro Farms’ permanent conservation restrictions.
Pete and Robin Taliaferro have expressed publicly, for many years, their desire to see their land protected forever. They firmly believe in their commitment to agriculture and together WVLT and Scenic Hudson have worked with the family to secure the future of the Farm and its ability to produce fresh, local food for the benefit of the community.