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.


Fahnestock Pulse of the Parks CoverA Look at Who's Visiting Fahnestock

A new report, issued by the Open Space Institute's Alliance for New York State Parks, quantifies the impact of Fahnestock, which attracts 270,000 hikers, swimmers, campers, birders and anglers each year for an escape at beautiful Canopus Lake or a hike along the Appalachian Trail.The survey also captured the park’s role as an economic catalyst, with an estimated $14.5 million impact on the local and state economy. While the park’s numbers swell during the weekend, local visitors keep the park humming throughout the week, contributing to its popularity and economic impact.


Hopewell Big Woods, Frenchtown, PA Bayshore-HighlandsBiodiversity and Recreation in Hopewell Big Woods, PA

Hopewell Big Woods, a biodiverse area mosaic of forests that makes up the largest block of contiguous forest woodlands between New York City and Washington, DC, just got a little bigger and more peaceful with the help of the Natural Lands Trust, the Open Space Institute and many other partners.