Mohonk Preserve Foothills public engagement session

This year OSI purchased more than 1,000 acres of pristine property, historic farms and buildings west of the Wallkill that had been owned and maintained by the Smiley family.

Mohonk Preserve invites community members to participate in a public meeting to discuss the draft land asset management plan for the Mohonk Preserve Foothills this Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon at SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center, Room 102. Last fall, the Open Space Institute (OSI) acquired over 850 acres of ecologically and historically important lands on the eastern flank of the Shawangunk Ridge. Over the coming years, the Preserve plans to incrementally purchase the land from OSI as resources permit. In the meantime, the Preserve is already actively studying and managing the OSI lands, now designated as the Mohonk Preserve Foothills, and planning future conservation uses.

Featured speakers will include Mohonk Preserve Director of Conservation Science John Thompson, Mohonk Preserve Executive Director Glenn Hoagland and Michael Rudden of DiMella Shaffer.

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At this public engagement session, the Preserve will share the unique and historic opportunity this land represents, present the draft management plan’s guiding principles, discuss preservation measures already underway and actively solicit public input on potential future plans for the Foothills.

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