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The Long Road to Protecting the Long Path Trail


Map of the Long Path TrailOSI, along with our colleagues at the New York New Jersey Trail Conference and Friends of the Shawangunks, has long recognized the Long Path Trail as significant public open space and a recreational asset. Starting at the western abutment of the George Washington Bridge, the 347-mile long trail runs from sea level salt marshes to boreal forests and 4,000 foot peaks in the Catskills. 

Over the last twenty years, numerous OSI conservation efforts have helped relocate and align the Long Path Trail so that it is a “wilderness” trail.

The acquisition of the 3,000-acre Schunemunk Ridge in the 1990’s (now Schunemunk Mountain State Park); significant lands in the Shawangunk Mountains (including the Sam’s Point Preserve); large tracts in the Catskills (including the Lundy Estate) and a significant expansion of John Boyd Thatcher State Park all benefit the Long Path.

Click here to take a virtual hike. 

Help OSI Fill in the Gap

We now have an opportunity to fill in a critical gap in the trail, and we need your help by May 30, 2010.

Located in the Town of Mamakating, in Sullivan County, the parcel of land is small—2.32 acres, but critical as it connects to two large state forests. The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has long identified this tract as a critical piece of the Long Path and has worked with OSI to secure it.

OSI needs to raise $10,000 by May 30th. The outstanding generosity of the Friends of the Shawangunks with a $2,500 lead gift has given us a great start. We will be able to link two large state forests—the Roosa Gap State Forest and the Wurtsboro Ridge State Forest—and permanently protect the trail corridor as it wends it way up the rocky spine of the southern Shawangunk Ridge.

We have until May 30th to raise the necessary funds. Please make a gift today. Your contribution will show much needed community support to fill the gap.

Click here to help fill in the gap. 


Map courtesy of NYNJ Trail Conference  


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