Balancing Sound Development & Effective Conservation
150 Acres Conserved on Catskill Creek
Greene Land Trust will play a lead role in managing 144 scenic and historic acres recently acquired by Scenic Hudson. Plans for the property include establishing marked walking paths that will connect visitors to the meadow and the creek’s shoreline. (Click here for the complete press release.)
Located just upstream of the Village of Catskill, the property encompasses more than two miles of shoreline on Catskill Creek. It contains an open floodplain meadow along the creek’s eastern bank, upland forest overlooking the meadow and a forested area west of the creek. The land is remarkably unspoiled, as evidenced by its similarity to 19th-century paintings of the site by Frederic Church and Thomas Cole. The property also features a portion of the railbed of the historic Catskill Mountain Railway, which carried passengers between the Hudson River and mountaintop hostelries like the Catskill Mountain House.
New Trail Connecting Brandow Point and Cohotate
Connecting the trails at Cohotate Preserve with Brandow Point and the Willows has been a goal - how it is a reality. Thanks to the owners of the private land between the two public areas who gave permission to cross and to volunteers who cleared and marked the trail. The connecting trail starts from the red trail where it is closest to the river. Give it a try, but please respect the private property and stay on the marked trail.
Natural Resource Maps
Having accurate and easily accessible information is important for making good decisions. GLT is working with Hudsonia, Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Greene County Conservation Leader's Alliance to provide maps showing a wide range of natural resources for Greene County.
In a recent hands on workshop GLT introduced these and other interactive mapping tools to representatives of nine municipal boards and eight conservation organizations serving Greene County.
These maps are now all available to all as a layered pdf file so you can click to show anything from agricultural soils to historic and cultural resources to brook trout fishing spots. To learn more click here.
Victories For Conservation
Federal tax incentives for agreements that conserve land and preserve open space were made permanent in the major appropriations bill passed by Congress in December. The Enhanced Conservation Easement Tax Incentive offers a significant, long-term tax break to landowners who donate a conservation easement—a promise not to develop the land—to GLT or other land trusts. Additional details about the tax incentives are on the Land Trust Alliance website.
Here in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed to increase the Environmental Protection Fund from $177 million in 2015 to $300 million - the highest level in its history. This funding is a real victory for New York's environment, helping to protect open space and parks, manage solid waste, prevent pollution and more. More about EPF here.
Both of these wins have been major legislative goals for the conservation community for years.
GLT Earns National Recognition
Greene Land Trust is proud to announce today that it has achieved land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. Greene Land Trust is now one of 317 land trusts from across the country that has been awarded accreditation since the program began in 2008.
To earn accreditation land trusts must submit extensive documentation and undergo a rigorous review. "Through accreditation land trusts conduct important planning and make their operations more efficient and strategic," said Accreditation Commission Executive Director Tamara Van Ryn. "Accredited organizations have engaged and trained citizen conservation leaders and improved systems for ensuring that their conservation work is permanent."
When we started the accreditation process there were only 34 all volunteer trusts that had earned accreditation. We are proud to become part of that elite group and display the accreditation seal.
NOW SATURDAY NOVEMBER 19 still 10 am at WillowsWe'll take a slow and easy walk around the trails at The Willows looking for native nut trees. We'll also look for various other natural foods that will keep our birds and animals happy and healthy through the winter. Nuts, berries, bugs, and buds; they'll all be fare game for us.To register click here or call 731-5544. (Registration is helpful but not required).The Willows at Brandow Point is at 480 State Route 385 in Athens
Event Full - Saturday March 12, 10AM – 2PM
Thank you for your interest in this popular and fun event but we have all the registrants that we can handle to build a birdhouse to take home. This event is free. The event will be at Greene Land Trust’s Willows at Brandow Point, 480 State Route 385. It is sponsored by the Athens Sportsmen’s Club with a grant from the Athens Community Foundation.