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Check out these New Year’s Day hikes in state parks

Check out these New Year’s Day hikes in state parks

It’s time to lace up those boots, put that puffer jacket on, slip into some Bernie Sanders-styled mittens and hit the trails in 2022! The Office of New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is offering a host of first-day hikes to help incentivize residents to start the year with an invigorating guided hike or snowshoe at a number of parks throughout the Hudson Valley region.

Catskill Park’s new coordinator is focused on preservation

Catskill Park’s new coordinator is focused on preservation

After more than 20 years in the works, the Catskill Park will see its first-ever coordinator. McCrea Burnham, a 24-year veteran of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will work to bring together the needs and desires of disparate stakeholders, while seeking to preserve the park’s pristine natural environments in midst of skyrocketing visitation and climate change.

A guide to locally sourced and renewable gifts 

A guide to locally sourced and renewable gifts 

In the Hudson Valley we are surrounded by natural beauty. Yet, too often, we can become complacent, almost dulled as to what exists right outside of our own backyards. We stick to the same routines, the walk around the block, the elliptical at the gym, sometimes even the shuffle from the grocery store to the parking lot might be the only bit of fresh air we breathe in a day. 

Friends of the Feathered and Furry Wildlife Center carries on

Friends of the Feathered and Furry Wildlife Center carries on

“She had such a presence; you just thought she was going to be there forever.” So says Maria Del Castilho, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator at the Friends of the Feathered and Furry Wildlife Center in Hunter. She’s speaking of her mentor, Barbara “Missy” Runyan, who was the Center’s director up until her sudden death on October 6 at the age of 51. Del Castilho describes Runyan as “beyond dedicated. It was her life to take care of animals…She had cameras on the animals and would watch them all night.”

Ravensbeard Wildlife Center will get a new home

Ravensbeard Wildlife Center will get a new home

At the age of 40, Kalish was commuting into Manhattan when she decided corporate life wasn’t for her. She spent the next few years raising her two sons by the Hudson River, enjoying nature, watching birds migrate. When her kids left home, she found another fulfilling mission: rescuing broken and abandoned birds, helping them heal and, then, thrilling to the moment when they could fly away.

Public hearing on large Rt. 28 fabrication plant scheduled for Monday, June 21

Public hearing on large Rt. 28 fabrication plant scheduled for Monday, June 21

The Bluestone Wild Forest, three miles west of Kingston off route 28, comprises 3000 acres of hemlocks and oak, laced with 29 miles of gently rolling hiking and mountain biking trails, lakes, ponds and old quarries, making it ideal for fishing, hunting, trapping, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Within its borders lies one of the only publicly accessible lakes in the Catskills, Onteora Lake, a swimming and paddling mecca for nearby Woodstock residents. Now nature lovers find themselves at odds with a businessman who plans to build a steel and concrete fabrication plant adjacent to the forest and just 100 meters from the lake.