Avid cyclists in the New Paltz area have been agitating for decades for an alternative route west of the Wallkill River to the Shawangunk Ridge and now the Open Space Institute is making it happen. Check out the first section of the River-to-Ridge Trail, while not yet officially open or fully landscaped, is now walkable.
The book is positioned as a celebration of nature’s fragile ecosystems and of the David v. Goliath community members (for David’s tactics, in this case, were largely litigatory) banded together to protect them. But in the moment-to-moment of the prose and in the very consciously balanced, 360-degree management of his facts, Mabee reveals himself mostly as a fastidious historian and no polemicist at all.
From all indications 2017 was a very good year for trout fishing the Esopus; thus I’m still excited to continue to wander it as long as I can.
The donor named it in honor of her father, “who not only enabled me to own the property, but who instilled in me his love of animals. And now visitors will enjoy it too.”
Thursday, Oct. 26: Learn about Seedshed’s Native American Seed Sanctuary in Hurley, where Native American varieties of corn, beans, squash and sunflowers are being cultivated.
Thursday, Oct. 26: The tireless environmental crusader will answer students’ questions at screenings of An Inconvenient Sequel.
Sunday & Tuesday, Oct. 22 & 24: Learn how to identify mushrooms, about their healthful and culinary properties, and the weird and wild fungus kingdom, a form of life neither plant nor animal.
You can’t beat the Ashokan Reservoir trail for an easy in-and-out affording stunning autumnal panoramas. If you can time it to catch the sun setting behind the Catskills, all the better.
Hunting is the most efficient and effective way to reduce the deer population, but some object on ethical grounds.
Did you know people used to swim in the Wallkill? To raise awareness of the environmental issues plaguing the river and to get more people involved in their work to clean it up, the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance is hosting the inaugural Wallkill River Festival this Saturday, October 7 from 2-6 p.m. at New Paltz Gardens for Nutrition.