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Wallkill Valley Land Trust earns national recognition

The Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) has renewed its land trust accreditation – proving once again that, as part of a network of over 450 accredited land trusts across the nation, it is committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in its conservation work.

“Renewing our accreditation shows the Wallkill Valley Land Trust’s ongoing commitment to permanent land conservation in Ulster County,” said Christie DeBoer. “We are a stronger organization than ever for having gone through the rigorous accreditation renewal process. Our strength means special places – such as the Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary and Joppenbergh Mountain – will be protected forever, making this area an even greater place for us and future generations.”

The Wallkill Valley Land Trust provided extensive documentation and was subject to a comprehensive third-party evaluation prior to achieving this distinction. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded renewed accreditation, signifying its confidence that WVLT’s lands will be protected forever while utilizing best practices in sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance and lasting stewardship. Accredited land trusts now steward almost 20 million acres, the size of “Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island combined.”


WVLT works with landowners to secure conservation easements in order to permanently protect their land from future development for the benefit of present and future generations. “We connect our community to the land by providing access to open space, including the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, educating the community on the importance of conservation and engaging them in caring for the land we protect,” said DeBoer.

“It is exciting to recognize WVLT’s continued commitment to national standards by renewing this national mark of distinction,” said Melissa Kalvestrand, executive director of the Commission. “Donors and partners can trust that more than 450 accredited land trusts across the country are united behind strong standards and have demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance and lasting stewardship” (courtesy of

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical in Poughkeepsie November 24

The Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Inc., has announced that Magic City Productions will present Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical on November 24 at 6 p.m. at the MJN Convention Center in Poughkeepsie (formerly the Mid-Hudson Civic Center).

Come see all of your favorite characters from the TV special, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and of course Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.

Tickets are on sale at the MJN Center Box Office and

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