The Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT), was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the unique rural character of Southern Ulster County.
WVLT has conserved 38 public and private parcels totaling over 2,500 acres, including the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail in New Paltz and Gardiner, four CSA farms and a variety of other agricultural properties and important habitats, including wetlands and forests.
WVLT owns several properties open for passive recreational use, including the Rosendale and Ulster sections of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail (and the iconic Rosendale Trestle), Joppenbergh Mountain, and other lands containing vibrant habitats and wetlands.
To fulfill its mission, WVLT collaborates with many local and regional organizations, including the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association, Open Space Institute (OSI), Scenic Hudson, the Mohonk Preserve, Historic Huguenot Street, SUNY New Paltz and the Hudson River Estuary Program of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. WVLT is also a member of the Land Trust Alliance, a national organization of over 1,700 land trusts and was recognized as an accredited land trust in 2016.