Balancing Sound Development & Effective Conservation
Seasons of Greene
An outstanding group of artists have been invited to paint the special places protected by the Greene Land Trust. These artists, several with a national reputation, will paint through three Seasons of Greene – now through July. Their work will culminate in an exhibition to run at the Athens Cultural Center September 2 through October 14. Their styles reflect wide variety from retro Hudson Valley luminism, to wild semi-abstract plein air; and a variety of mediums. Mark your calendars now to join us for a reception with the artists at the Athens Cultural Center on September 17 from 3-5 pm.
150 Acres Conserved on Catskill Creek
Greene Land Trust will play a lead role in managing 144 scenic and historic acres recently acquired by Scenic Hudson. Plans for the property include establishing marked walking paths that will connect visitors to the meadow and the creek’s shoreline. (Click here for the complete press release.)
Located just upstream of the Village of Catskill, the property encompasses more than two miles of shoreline on Catskill Creek. It contains an open floodplain meadow along the creek’s eastern bank, upland forest overlooking the meadow and a forested area west of the creek. The land is remarkably unspoiled, as evidenced by its similarity to 19th-century paintings of the site by Frederic Church and Thomas Cole. The property also features a portion of the railbed of the historic Catskill Mountain Railway, which carried passengers between the Hudson River and mountaintop hostelries like the Catskill Mountain House.
New Trail Connecting Brandow Point and Cohotate
Connecting the trails at Cohotate Preserve with Brandow Point and the Willows has been a goal - how it is a reality. Thanks to the owners of the private land between the two public areas who gave permission to cross and to volunteers who cleared and marked the trail. The connecting trail starts from the red trail where it is closest to the river. Give it a try, but please respect the private property and stay on the marked trail.
Natural Resource Maps
Having accurate and easily accessible information is important for making good decisions. GLT is working with Hudsonia, Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Greene County Conservation Leader's Alliance to provide maps showing a wide range of natural resources for Greene County.
In a recent hands on workshop GLT introduced these and other interactive mapping tools to representatives of nine municipal boards and eight conservation organizations serving Greene County.
These maps are now all available to all as a layered pdf file so you can click to show anything from agricultural soils to historic and cultural resources to brook trout fishing spots. To learn more click here.
Victories For Conservation
Federal tax incentives for agreements that conserve land and preserve open space were made permanent in the major appropriations bill passed by Congress in December. The Enhanced Conservation Easement Tax Incentive offers a significant, long-term tax break to landowners who donate a conservation easement—a promise not to develop the land—to GLT or other land trusts. Additional details about the tax incentives are on the Land Trust Alliance website.
Here in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed to increase the Environmental Protection Fund from $177 million in 2015 to $300 million - the highest level in its history. This funding is a real victory for New York's environment, helping to protect open space and parks, manage solid waste, prevent pollution and more. More about EPF here.
Both of these wins have been major legislative goals for the conservation community for years.
Budding architects created some innovative homes for the fairies at the Willows at Brandow Point. Thanks to all the architects and their assistants for another fun day of fairy house building.
Thanks to everyone who came out for a great event Saturday. We built more than 20 birdhouses plus feeders and nesting boxes. As an added bonus we got to learn how to use binoculars. And we had pizza to top off the morning. Thanks to volunteers from Athens Sportsmen’s Club and Greene Land Trust, and to the Athens Community Foundation for providing funding.