Butterville Hills Loop Trail photo Steve AaronRiver-to-Ridge Trail Plan

OSI and Mohonk Preserve have unveiled the proposed route of the “River-to-Ridge” trail, the highly-anticipated scenic and recreational off-road trail leading directly from downtown New Paltz to the Shawangunk Ridge. The proposed six-mile loop trail will be accessible free of charge when it opens in 2016.


Joppenburg Mountain, Rosendale, photo  John FischerA Biological Treasure

OSI, the Wallkill Valley Land Trust and the Rondout-Esopus Land Conservancy released a comprehensive scientific assessment of the Binnewater Hills confirming its unique ecological significance and calling for continued conservation in and around the area. Best known for its recreational and scenic value, the region's natural ecological importance is quantified for the first time in the report.


Hand Mellon Farm photo Lawrence WhiteHand Melon Farm Preserved

The historic Hand Melon Farm, Greenwich, NY, in the Capital Region, is now permanently protected through a conservation easement secured through the Agricultural Stewardship Association, with grants from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets via the state Environmental Protection Fund, and from OSI.