• Protecting Special Places

    For centuries people have been inspired by the splendor of our region. Many have made a life here. Protecting what you hold dear is what we do. WLC owns key lands and partners with area landowners who want their properties to stay as they are – as forests, farms, verdant meadows, and coursing streams.
  • Getting Outdoors

    First time in the Eastern Catskills? Visiting friends and family? Looking for some R&R after a busy week in the City? You’ve found your source for experiencing Woodstock and the Eastern Catskills. With fun outdoor events throughout the year you’re sure to find something great to do. And watch for our children's programs.
  • Addressing Climate Change

    Yes, the climate is changing. Over the past few years we've experienced rain, wind, heat, drought, and cold in historic proportions. We can’t change the weather but together we can make our Catskill communities more waterproof, windproof, and any-kind-of-weather proof for our children and grandchildren.
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Sloan Gorge Preserve

Located at the foot of Overlook Mountain near the Saugerties town line, the 88-acre Preserve is a treasure trove of mixed hardwood and coniferous forests, vernal pools, a seasonal stream, and bluestone quarries, and has the first self-guided geology trail in the area. (Download the trail guide)  pdf Learn more about Sloan Gorge from geologist Dr. Robert Titus. Click here for map

 

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Recommend a Place to Protect

We are always looking for suggestions about places to be protected for future generations to enjoy. If you know of such a place, contact us!

Active and Alternative Transportation Flyer FINAL March 11 2019

Understanding Our Changing Environment
A Series Exploring Climate Change Impacts and Solutions on a Local Level
Session IV: Going Mobile: Active Transportation for Our Communities

The fourth program of our free event series was focused on walkable/bikeable communities.

What tangible changes are needed here to achieve this?

Speakers:
Jeff Olson is a principal with Alta Planning + Design, and author of "Third Mode: Towards a Green Society." He has been involved in active living and alternative mobility regional or site-specific projects for more than 25 years. He co-founded CitiBikes and taught bicycle and pedestrian planning at UAlbany for more than 20 years. Tim Weidemann is Ulster County Assistant Deputy County Executive, founder, and principal of Rondout Consulting, Vice Chair of Kingston Land Trust board of directors, Co-Chair of its Greenline Committee and a leader in the development of Kingston's Pedestrian-Bicycle friendly infrastructure.

Jeff Olson's Presentation 

Tim Weidemann's Presentation

Radio Kingston's Audio Recording of the event

 

Going Mobile: Active Transportation for our Communities
April 1, 2019

Ideas Arising from Varied Themed Breakout Session

Economic Development
1. Need to make economic case for Complete Streets
2. Go to businesses and talk about how bikes/pedestrians can boost business
3. Start with experimental/pilot projects – walking Saturdays
4. How do we integrate trails with community in a respectful way
5. Need to think differently about relationship between economics and natural world
6. Look for examples: accommodating both trails/bikes/peds and cars
7. Need to expand transit to reduce traffic, free up room for bike/ped

Education – Encouragement
Communications:
1. Explain History of our area/corridor: what happened here?
    a. Use “Placards: - interpretive waysides (digital media?)
    b. Stewards/Ambassadors for personal contact: Walkway as example
2. Promote ethics, enhance awareness - Education
    a. Awareness – program of keeping nature open and accessible within the community.
        Not littering.
    b. Educate people (tell the story)
        Native American History, for example
3. Events to promote the above

Stewardship:
1. Littering campaigns – (Maintenance)
    a. Litter pick-up signs; carry in/carry out
    b. Receptacles for trash
    c. Events/clean-ups
2. Enforcement
    a. Community-level security(citizen stewards/ambassadors)
    b. Fines/penalties?
    c. Cops on Bikes (How to help people feel safe/secure?)
3.Cultivating citizen activity and responsibility
    a. Promote awareness – protect values of nature
    b. Adopt-a-garden type approach for special places; for example, berms along O&W trail along route 209 -an added aesthetic
    c. Organized Stewardship and monitoring – mountain biking/hiking, for example
    d. Align with people’s passions (walking/biking, gafening, whatever)

Trail Design:
(Note: character of community reflected in character of trail.)
1. No shoulders, Route 375, Wittenberg Road (and others)
    a. Safety. Speed limits. Innovative approaches.
2. Connecting “loose ends” of dead-end roads with pedestrian linkages spanning the gaps.
    a. Reduce travel distance and the need for car trips
    b. Encourage pedestrian travel
3. Tannery Brook – walking trail, pedestrian way (akin to San Antonio’s “Riverwalk”)
    a. Linking institutions along the way.
    b. (Other issues/opportunities, reflected below)

Education:

1. Trails along waterways are opportunities to educate about water and our environment.

Employ sensitive/sustainable trail development/design:

1. Impacts of trails along streams, corridors
2. How to make green buffers along waterways?
    a. Crotched Mountain, NH – Example of accessibility

Engineering
1. Working with State and County Roads
2. Tax incentives to landowners for creating bicycle/pedestrian trails on their properties
3. Speed – traffic calming where roads are too narrow
4. Route 375, route 212, Sawkill Road, parking lot Houst, accessible routes to and from handicapped parking lots (lighting for streets).
5. Alternative to State Roads but not necessarily.
6. Shuttles to out-of-town parking
7. Handicap for in-town parking
8. Request to create a town-wide pedestrian crosswalk survey
9. Woodstock to connect to Empire State Trail
10.Meet again and Start Making these Projects Happen.

Environment
1. Mill Hill Road project included no accommodation for bicycles
2. Route 375 is very dangerous all the way to Route 28. Most direct connection to Ashokan Rail Trail.
3. Very important to connect West Hurley neighborhoods on either side of Route 375 to Ashokan Rail Trail
4. The sidewalks are not accessible for people with mobility challenges. Poor dips. Broken up. Not level. Non-existent in key places.
5. The center of town crosswalks don’t have adequate visual cues to alert drivers to slow down. Need English-style, “Zebra Crossing Poles.”
6. Make connections to NYS Parks, Onteora Lake, Ashokan Rail Trail, Wilson State Park. Ditto for local preserves, open spaces: Comeau, Zena Cornfield, Rick Volz and Andy Lee Fields, Byrdcliffe, Thorn Preserve, Israel Wittman, Sloan Gorge.
7. It would be great to be able to bike from Town of Woodstock to Ashokan Rail Trail (however it’s connected).
8. Redevelop brownfield gas station at corner of route 28 and route 375 to have food trucks, bike rentals, etc.
9. Need lower speed limit on main roads through center of Town
10.Should remove the crosswalk from Shindig to the Green—doesn’t function well with the other one right next to it. Everyone should use the crosswalk to “Clouds” (store) and there to the Green.
11.Civic education for Cycling – both for motorists, cyclists, including kids.
12.Zoom out of Zoom in (improving specific situations to big picture vision).
13.Better shoulders on all the roads – major safety issue: Adopt and implement (follow) a Complete Street policy.
14. Hold a Woodstock “Open Streets Day” (have become major, regular events in many places) – no cars allowed in the hamlet – give the streets back to pedestrians, people on bikes, people using mobility-assist devices. Could become an annual event.

Equity
1. Difficulty of reaching underserved communities in Woodstock. Winding roads, hi speeds, congested in village.
2. For poor people and undocumented too, bikes are more affordable transportation option. We need to reach them.
3. Better infrastructure. Create safety and equipment for people of all ages/abilities.
4. Connect to work, services, schools.
5. Create Complete Streets thru Bearsville Flats
6. Also need to reach those outside of Village.
7. Bring whole community together – so we meet, see, know and support one another.