WLC is partnering with government leaders, businesspeople, other land conservation organizations, and community members in creating the local portion of a network of trails from the Walkway Over the Hudson north through Ulster County and into the Catskill Mountains. (See a map of trail networks in our region image here .)
The project will connect urban neighborhoods in the City of Kingston with rural communities in the Catskills, expand recreational opportunties for people throughout the region, and spur economic development by attracting tourists to our area and creating new jobs locally.
WLC will use its outreach and communications experience to help organize supporters for this long-term project and where appropriate seek to acquire lands for the trail and steward it once its created. We are currently organizing a Volunteer Committee to work with us on this exciting project. Contact us to join the committee or for more information on the Catskill Mountain Rail Trail project.
Read a recent letter about the rail trail in the Daily Freeman
Read Kingston trail project gets underway with removal of railroad ties
http://www.kingstongreenline.org/ for more info
Ulster County Executive Mike Hein announces initiative with Open Space Institute to launch Rail Trail planning study
"Ulster County is grateful for the commitment of the Open Space Institute and the generosity of the Dyson Foundation, the Woodstock Land Conservancy ("WLC"), and the local residents who have contributed towards this transformational project," noted County Executive Hein. "OSI has provided invaluable leadership in expanding the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and restoring the Rosendale Trestle. We are thrilled to launch this new initiative with the OSI to advance the County's vision of a rail trail network running from the Walkway Over the Hudson to the Ashokan Reservoir and Catskill Park communities." Read more
Maurice Hinchey endorses the Catskill Mountain Rail Trail & County Wide Trail Network
"Mike Hein's vision... strikes a critical balance between preserving our railroad and creating a foundation for future economic development."