Ulster County will get its own map pullout in the December issue of National Geographic. The map, entitled “Dreaming Green,” highlights many of the county’s environmental achievements, according to a press release from County Executive Mike Hein. Places like the John Burroughs Black Creek Corridor, the Hudson Valley Farm Hub and the infrastructure improvements under the “Building A Better Ulster County” initiative to widen road shoulders for pedestrians and bicyclists and connect trail networks are mentioned. Also made note of are the Shawangunks, Sundown Wild Forest, Binnewater Lakes, Upper Esopus Watershed, Ashokan Outflow, Kingston Center at SUNY Ulster and the county’s electric-vehicle charging network and Utility Scale Solar Project. Recently, the White House cited Ulster for helping to cut greenhouse gas emissions by using alternate-fuel vehicles and expanding the number of charging stations in the county.
According to a National Geographic spokesperson, “Ulster County was selected as a case study for counties effectively applying initiatives that encourage development while protecting natural habitat and quality of life.” Visit www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/12/green-spaces-supplement/ for more information.