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.


Zemel Pine Barrens, NJ PinelandsNJ Pinelands Preserve Expands

A key New Jersey Pinelands preserve has expanded to more than 10,000 acres, protecting  land for wildlife and for drinking water. The Franklin Parker Preserve, which connects four state forests in the Pinelands National Reserve, swelled to 10,243 acres after the acquisition of the adjacent 473-acre "Zemel Woodland North” property.