Delaware River photo Bill Allen Watershed William Penn Foundation Watershed Inititative Grants

The William Penn Foundation has announced a $35 million multi-year grant initiative to protect and restore critical sources of drinking water for 15 million people, many of them in major Northeast cities including New York, Philadelphia, Camden, NJ and Wilmington, DE.

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Ashokan Reservoir near the Rail TrailUlster Rail Trail Planning Study

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and the Open Space Institute have announced the launch of a privately-funded trail planning study for the Ashokan Reservoir section of the Ulster County Rail Trail Project. The study will focus on the 11.5-mile segment of the County-owned Ulster & Delaware Railroad (U&D) corridor from West Hurley to Boiceville.

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Hess Farm Greg Miller, ShawangunksNeighbors Save Local Farm

The 5,713-resident town of Gardiner, NY has a robust community fundraising effort to thank for its latest farmland preservation success—the scenic 74-acre Hess family farm at the foot of the Shawangunk Ridge. The Hess farm furthers OSI’s longstanding conservation efforts in Ulster County’s Rondout and Wallkill valleys, and is the 27th farm OSI has protected in the two valleys.

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