The Mill Brook Preserve was a long time coming, and its establishment required tenacious-yet-delicate negotiations with major landowners and developers on all sides of it. Members of both the Town and Village’s environmental and open space committees fought to keep a tract of land that would protect Tributary 13, the existing watersheds and biodiversity, and preserve the core part of these woods that had served the public unofficially for generations.
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According to The Open Space Institute’s Bob Anderberg and Peter Karis, sprucing up the southern section of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, whose more northerly components already owe a great deal to OSI’s intervention. In 2009, OSI acquired 11.5 miles of the rail trail between New Paltz and Kingston, including the Rondout Trestle in Rosendale, for whose rehabilitation it raised $1.1 million.
Sometimes the most magnificent places are just around the corner. At least for me, a New Paltz person, that’s true for the Millbrook Ridge Trail.
To mitigate the environmental impact of the proposed cellular tower at 60 Jansen Road, a $20,000 fund will be established to plant trees elsewhere in the Town.
Jane Dobson, a “mindful nature guide,” will be leading members and visitors at the Mohonk Preserve in the art of forest bathing one Saturday a month: September 11, October 9 and November 20, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at specific trailheads within the 8,000-acre nature preserve.
Glamping, or “glamorous camping,” is the latest in luxury camping. Experiences can range from a furnished tent to tiny houses with butler service. Not only do glamping sites provide fun and comfortable accommodations, but they often serve as a lovely setting for celebrations like weddings and reunions.
A 3.5-mile segment of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail in the town and village of New Paltz will be upgraded with a new ten-foot wide bicycling and walking path by October, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday in a press release.
New Paltz village and town officials are scrambling to complete a foot bridge in the Mill Brook Preserve before the funding that was promised for the project expires.
Communities throughout the Hudson Valley have begun signing on to Community Choice Aggregation agreements, which set the default electricity rates and source for municipal customers who opt in. Increasingly, these programs use renewable energy, allowing climate-conscious consumers to help the environment without adding solar panels to their own properties.
After the proposal was pared back several times, a public hearing on Critical Environmental Areas was opened at the New Paltz Town Board meeting on May 20.