Balancing Sound Development & Effective Conservation
Welcome to the Greene Land Trust
From the high peaks of the Catskill Mountains, to the historic shores of the Hudson River, Greene County New York features a diverse and productive landscape.
To preserve and protect the rural character of Greene County, the Greene Land Trust works with a wide range of partners to facilitate a balance between sound development and effective conservation. The Greene Land Trust’s primary goal is to work with public and private landowners to protect natural and cultural resources for future generations.
"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect." - Aldo Leopold
Willows Work Party
Help us get the Willows ready for Summer!
We need your help to spruce up the grounds and buildings at the Willows. Join us for a good old fashioned work party on
Saturday morning May 4, 2019 at 9 AM
480 Rt 385 Athens, NY 12015
We have projects for all abilities and interests. This includes carpentry, painting, weeding and brush removal, and easier tasks like raking and stacking bricks!
Bring your gardening tools, hammers, work gloves, and energy to help us make the Willows shine. Lunch will be served to all volunteers.
For more information or to volunteer call 518-731-5544 or
Spring Songbird and Native Wildflower Walk
Mark your calendars now for a Spring Songbird and Native Wildflower Walk with well-known local bird expert and naturalist, Rich Guthrie.
Rich will lead an easy walk on Sunday May 12 at 8 AM at the Mawignack Preserve on Snake Road in Catskill.
Rich is a wealth of information. You will be amazed at the number of birds Rich will likely identify, even if you don't actually see them. Fortunately the wildflowers stay put, so you should have no problem seeing them!
So come for a morning walk with Mom and then take her out for Brunch to celebrate Mother's Day.
The Timberdoodle (aka American Woodcock) has a unique courtship dance. In spring, the Timberdoodle, performs a magical evening mating ritual on the edge of open fields, prairies and wood edges.
At dusk, the bird quietly enters the open area. At first glance, you might not even see him as these birds are superbly camouflaged. But you will certainly hear him! His dance begins with a series of buzzy, nasal “peent-peent-peent” calls. As the peenting ends, his assent skyward begins. He makes a melodic whirring sound as he spirals into the sky. As he begins to tumble out of the sky, the sound changes to a twittering warble until he reaches his spot on the ground close to where he took off. And the cycle begins again, for about an hour each evening.
Rich Guthrie will lead a walk to hear and watch these beautiful little birds in their spring ritual THIS SATURDAY:
Saturday April 6, 2019
7:30 PM (note this is in the evening)
Willows at Brandow Point
480 Rt 385, Athens, NY 12015
Wear boots (it is likely to be muddy) and bring a flash light (to be used sparingly). Since the Timberdoodles only dance when the weather is nice, check our website www.greenelandtrust.org in case of inclement weather.
For more information call 518-731-5544.
Come make a Blue Bird House to take home and put in your yard.
This is a FREE event for all kids.
There will be people there to help with the building.
Pizza served at noon!
Saturday April 6, 2019 10 AM,
Reservations required to ensure we have sufficient materials for all participants.
Call 518-731-5544 by April 1, to reserve your spot.
This event will be held at the Willows, 480 State Route 385 in Athens.
Sponsored by Athens Sportsmen’s Club and Greene Land Trust. Funds by Athens Community Foundation.