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Gardiner endorses green power

Gardiner endorses green power

The opportunity for Gardinerites to sign onto a plan to purchase cheaper, greener electricity via Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) came closer to reality last week, when the town board authorized a Memorandum of Understanding with Katonah-based Joule Community Power to serve as Gardiner’s administrator to implement a CCA program.

DEC plans to extend deer-hunting hours, crossbow use

DEC plans to extend deer-hunting hours, crossbow use

Deer-hunter numbers are declining, and existing hunters should be given more opportunities to keep the population sustainable, which reduces damage to forest ecosystems and agriculture and minimizes vehicle collisions. That’s the overall takeaway from the DEC’s draft ten-year deer management plan.

Beavers help shape New Paltz’s Mill Brook Preserve

Beavers help shape New Paltz’s Mill Brook Preserve

Beavers serve as nature’s hydroengineers, creating ponds and lakes, diverting streams, slowing stormwater runoff and designing landscapes that welcome a myriad of waterfowl and fauna. Not the least of these is the great blue heron, which can often be seen perched in or around the beaver lodge at the Mill Brook Preserve in New Paltz.

Ideas for the outward-bound on your shopping list

Ideas for the outward-bound on your shopping list

There is no pricetag on the outdoors, no substitute for the fresh air or the invigorating smell of snow on pine branches or the way the warmth of the sun heats one from the inside out. There is no Instagram pic or Facebook post of a waterfall or forested trail or sunset sliding down the back of a mountain that can transport the viewer. There is no 3-D printer for life. You have to go out and get it.

New Paltz votes to preserve open space

New Paltz votes to preserve open space

New Paltz voters came out in support of open space. At press time, 72 percent of the ballots cast voted in favor of the Community Preservation Fund 3,648-1,408. There are still more than 1,200 absentee ballots to count, but not enough to change the support of Local Law #1, which is aimed at serving as a financial mechanism to protect and preserve “water quality, working farms, wildlife habitat and natural areas.”

This Shandakenite will never look at trees the same way again

This Shandakenite will never look at trees the same way again

After being dominant from Georgia to Maine for thousands of years, this “keynote species” of the Catskills in particular had succumbed to Asian blight in the first decades of the twentieth century. (Asian chestnuts were imported because they produce fatter nuts. These brought blight to which the older, squatter Asian species was – and is – immune.)