• 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!

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 .)

BicyclistThe Ulster County 2013 budget includes support to transform the former Ulster & Delaware railroad corridor along Route 28 from Kingston to Belleayre into a premier multi-use recreational trail for walkers and bike riders.  pdf Read more about the County's vision for the Catskill Mountain Rail Trail).

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

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"Mike Hein's vision... strikes a critical balance between preserving   our railroad and creating a foundation for future economic development."   

 

 

Read Maurice's full Letter-to-the-Editor here.