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Partnership aims to improve cross-country trails in New Paltz

Partnership aims to improve cross-country trails in New Paltz

The Open Space Institute has announced a new partnership with the Shawangunk Nordic Ski Association, to maintain cross country skiing paths at its River-to-Ridge Trail. The grooming will provide consistent trail conditions and improve the public’s access to the land during winter months, conditions permitting. 

Monarch butterfly release party held in conjunction with the first anniversary of River-to-Ridge trail

Monarch butterfly release party held in conjunction with the first anniversary of River-to-Ridge trail

Kindergartners gathered last Saturday in New Paltz to say one final goodbye to their monarch butterfly friends, and to wish them well on their long journey to Mexico. The insects had hatched on milkweed saved from mowing along the River-to-Ridge trail, collected as caterpillars and allowed to pupate under the watchful eye of Duzine students.

Mohonk Preserve Foothills Loop Trail opens

Mohonk Preserve Foothills Loop Trail opens

The Mohonk Preserve Foothills Loop Trail is now open, expanding the Mohonk Preserve Foothills trail network and extending the River-to-Ridge Trail in New Paltz. The 2.2-mile loop trail, which is free and open to the public, begins near the intersection of Pine and Butterville Roads, follows the newly established Ridgeview Road to Lenape Lane and continues around the White Oak Bend Path to Pine Road.

State sued over carriage roads, visitor’s center plans in Minnewaska

State sued over carriage roads, visitor’s center plans in Minnewaska

A New York City-based reporter is suing to stop construction on carriage roads and to create a new visitor’s center at Minnewaska State Park, saying that the land should instead be part of the State Forest Preserve where preservation is the priority over recreation. It’s instead part of the Palisades Interstate Parks Commission, created by an interstate company one attorney for the State says doesn’t need to comply with the New York constitution.

Plastic bag mummy cleans streets in New Paltz

Plastic bag mummy cleans streets in New Paltz

On Earth Day, April 22, you may have seen a plastic bag mummy, Plady, picking up trash while riding a mini plastic car, Toxicar, down Main Street in New Paltz. This was not an early celebration of Halloween, but performance art. Plady and Toxicar were created by the Taiwanese artist Maxine Leu, an MFA sculpture student at SUNY New Paltz, and enacted by performer Sanford Fels, a BFA sculpture student also at SUNY New Paltz.