• 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!

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

We strive to be an open and inclusive organization embracing diversity in race, age, language, income, physical and mental abilities, sexual orientation and gender identity in our policies, governance and activities. We are committed to hearing and empowering the voices and needs of Black people, Indigenous peoples, and People of Color in our work around access to nature, land access, ownership, livelihood through the land, stewardship and land conservation. We strive to diversify our team and do outreach to groups that have historically been under-represented in our audience, partnerships, and the communities we serve.

The Woodstock Land Conservancy is a community organization. We work to “walk our talk” with compassion for people and the planet. We seek positive change with our actions – for land and conservation of natural resources, for the benefit of all people including Black people, Indigenous peoples and People of Color. 

Especially in the aftermath of the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and the extraordinary Black Lives Matter civil rights protests of this past summer, the Conservancy recognizes an urgent need to expand diversity, equity and inclusion in our organizational mission, operations and programming. 

We acknowledge that all of our community was originally the lands of tribal nations. We deeply regret that the roots of U.S. contemporary land conservation began with flawed leaders, some of whom engaged in practices ranging from disrespect of Black people, Indigenous peoples and People of Color to displacement, economic exclusion and racism.

We now seek to recognize diverse conservation traditions and leadership and to learn from them, and partner with Black people, Indigenous peoples and People of Color to build new models of community land stewardship and protection and assure them access to WLC lands and other important cultural sites.

Longstanding issues stemming from land sovereignty, institutional racism and discrimination, including environmental injustice, inequitable access to land, capital and land ownership — have all shaped the patterns of development and land-use in fundamental ways that continue to adversely define, and limit the full potential of our communities today. 

In recent months, WLC’s Board has begun a multi-faceted discussion about DEI and how we can improve our organizational practices. Though we do not presume to have all the answers, there are a few actions that we can and will take now. 

DEI commitments to guide our future actions and strategies:

  • Encouraging access to and enjoyment of our protected lands and preserve by actively including Black people, Indigenous Peoples, and People of Color. 
  • Seeking to engage communities who have not traditionally visited our preserves or participated in our programs.
  • Striving to diversify our organization, in future hiring as well as on our Board of Directors. 
  • Gathering and sharing information about the relevant contributions of Black people, Indigenous peoples and People of Color in our educational programs.

DEI efforts we have taken:

Continuing to support partner organizations and agencies’ initiatives helping to address the above-identified issues. Recent examples of such initiatives include:

  • (2013 - Present) Supporting development of the Kingston Greenline, a joint initiative of the City of Kingston, the Kingston Land Trust and Ulster County. The Greenline is a network of rail trails, linear parks, and surface streets through Kingston’s Uptown, Midtown and Rondout neighborhoods. It provides public open space in neighborhoods historically deprived of it, and high-quality, non-motorized travel options through neighborhoods with the lowest percentage of car ownership in Kingston.
  • (Present) Continuing to support the creation of a non-motorized recreational trail connection between the City of Kingston/Kingston Greenline and the Ashokan Rail Trail, NYS Catskill Park and Forest Preserve.  
  • (2019) Provided timely funding support for the successful purchase and preservation of the Pine Street African Burial Ground, a partnership between Kingston Land Trust and Harambee.
  • (2015-2017) Funding support for youth bike educational programs (Kids Bike It! Bicycle Education Courses & Earn-A-Bike bicycle mechanics class) serving youths especially in Midtown Kingston. Partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County and the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County.
  • Supporting advocacy efforts for Environmental Justice toward including the appropriate siting of development projects and against those that would adversely impact historically disadvantaged communities. 

Our Mission

The Woodstock Land Conservancy is a non-profit organization committed to the protection and preservation of the open lands, forests, water resources, scenic areas and historic sites in Woodstock and the surrounding area. 

Our Service Area

Woodstock and the Eastern Catskill towns of Kingston, West Hurley, and portions of Saugerties, Olive and Shandaken.

We welcome your input. Please contact Maxanne Resnick, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your thoughts.