• Protecting Special Places

    For centuries people have been inspired by the splendor of our region. Many have made a life here. Protecting what you hold dear is what we do. WLC owns key lands and partners with area landowners who want their properties to stay as they are – as forests, farms, verdant meadows, and coursing streams.
  • Getting Outdoors

    First time in the Eastern Catskills? Visiting friends and family? Looking for some R&R after a busy week in the City? You’ve found your source for experiencing Woodstock and the Eastern Catskills. With fun outdoor events throughout the year you’re sure to find something great to do. And watch for our children's programs.
  • Addressing Climate Change

    Yes, the climate is changing. Over the past few years we've experienced rain, wind, heat, drought, and cold in historic proportions. We can’t change the weather but together we can make our Catskill communities more waterproof, windproof, and any-kind-of-weather proof for our children and grandchildren.
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Sloan Gorge Preserve

Located at the foot of Overlook Mountain near the Saugerties town line, the 88-acre Preserve is a treasure trove of mixed hardwood and coniferous forests, vernal pools, a seasonal stream, and bluestone quarries, and has the first self-guided geology trail in the area. (Download the trail guide)  pdf Learn more about Sloan Gorge from geologist Dr. Robert Titus. Click here for map


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Recommend a Place to Protect

We are always looking for suggestions about places to be protected for future generations to enjoy. If you know of such a place, contact us!

Breaking News!

aerial photo of 850 rt 28The aerial photo shows cranes, other vehicles and equipment stored at a former quarry at 850 state Route 28 in the town of Kingston, N.Y.

Kingston town planners postpone hearing on concrete facility, stunning audience
By William J. Kemble for the Daily Freeman, July 15, 2019

TOWN OF KINGSTON, N.Y. — A planned public hearing on the application for a steel and concrete fabricating facility on state Route 28 was shut down before it even started when town officials said the audience size exceeded the meeting room's 150-person capacity.

The declaration in the Kingston Town Hall meeting room was made Monday evening after those attending were screened with a metal-detecting wand, required to sign in, and allowed to sit on the floor of the room after all the chairs were occupied.

Before the cancellation was announced, the Planning Board conducted other business with the same roughly 160 people in the room and granted conditional approval of a solar energy project.

At 7:30 p.m., nearly 20 minutes after the solar matter was settled, board attorney Richard Golden stood up and announced that the proposal by 850 Route 28 LLC would not be heard and that another meeting would be scheduled in a larger facility.

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Karolys dump 700x467A screengrab from neighbor Mike Ferraro’s security camera shows a truck at Joe Karolys’ Route 212 residence/dump.

Neighbors complain trucks still entering Saugerties construction & demolition debris dump despite DEC order

By Christina Coulter, July 12, 2019, for Hudson Valley One

"Despite an order from the state Department of Conservation to shut down, neighbors say trucks keep coming in to Joe Karolys’ controversial construction and demolition debris dumps.

Mike Ferraro, who lives across the street from Karolys’ Route 212 property, which contains both Karolys’ home and one of his dumps, said about six trucks a day are coming into the site — more than the four a day usually seen before the DEC’s July 2 stop-work order."

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