Upcoming approved races and events:*
*Regardless of events on the WVRT, the trail will always remain open, unless there is construction or maintenance to be done.
Whiskey - Wine - Regalement - Silent Auction - Live Music
Take a leisurely walk with Lynn Bowdery along the meadow and woods paths, noticing the flowering plants along the way. Of course, we can look at and discuss other things that catch our attention. Binoculars can be useful to look at plants as well as birds and insects, so bring them if you wish. Depending on the weather, the paths can be wet or muddy, so wear appropriate shoes and bring your insect repellant of choice. Rain cancels.
Lynn Bowdery has always been fascinated with the outdoor world, slowly learning about plants and animals by walking around looking at things, reading field guides, going on field trips, talking to people, reading magazine articles, looking things up, and generally paying attention. She has for many years done nature-oriented volunteer work for Mohonk Preserve and is a member and volunteer of the John Burroughs Natural History Society. Lynn served WVLT as Land Steward for 13 years, which enabled her to explore many wonderful conserved properties in the course of creating baseline documentation for conservation easements and monitoring those easements.
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.
Chrissy has been birding somewhat seriously since about 2004 when her folks brought her on a birding trip to Arizona that she didn’t think she’d find particularly interesting. She didn't expect to see a hummingbird banding station where they let you hold tiny buzzing hummingbirds until they fly off with their shiny new tinfoil bracelets. Soon after, she stumbled and bumbled into a (rare for our area) Sedge Wren in the Harcourt-Nyquist Sanctuary and became hooked on learning all about birds and what's around us! The best part is, she’s happy to say, that she’ll never run out of things to learn from the natural world.
So what are lichens, anyway? Explore some lichens and lichen habitats on Joppenbergh with Lynn Bowdery. Lynn has been trying to learn how to identify some of the lichens common in our region. She will try to share what she has learned about these intriguing creatures found on soil, rocks and trees. We might go off the paths depending on what we want to look at. Wear suitable shoes, and bring a strong magnifier or loupe if you have one. Some can be provided. Rain cancels. (Lynn will also be leading the Wildflowers Walk & Talk on 8/24. You can find her bio, above ^.)
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At first blush, putting “open space” and “land conservancies” and “renewable energy” in the same sentence might seem awkward at first. But the role that land trusts play in addressing climate change via renewables can’t be understated, according to a new report from the Land Trust Alliance (LTA): “Reshaping the Future: Renewable Energy and Land Trusts.”
In the 24-page report, researchers said that at this “critical juncture, land trusts can position themselves as both protectors of priority lands, waters, and habitat and as problem-solvers in helping meet renewable energy development needs. As entities that care deeply about the land, land trusts should also care about climate change and renewable energy.”
Missed the workshops? Submit your comments to:
Brian C. Slack, Principal Transportation Planner, UCTC
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.
The 2019 tour explored 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 industrialboom-town in the 19th 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 began with registration and a tour of the beautiful St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Among the other great historic sites open for tour-goers were 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 were among the area’s most important and interesting vernacular treasures dating from the early 18th to 20th centuries. Highlighted were stone farmhouses, the Greek Revival aesthetic, and Italianate and Colonial Revival expressions of prestige and wealth.
All proceeds benefited WVLT's land preservation efforts.