to Seek Land Trust
Alliance Accredita tion
Rondout-Esopus Land Conservancy (RELC) is in the process of applying to receive accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Accreditation will not only strengthen RELC’s operating practices to further secure it long-term sustainability as a local land conservation organization, but it also will assure the public that it operates in conformity with national quality standards adopted by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how RELC complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full set of standards, see www.landtrustaccreditation.org/getting-accredited/indicator-practices.
To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org. Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission; Attn.: Public Comments, 112 Spring Street, Suite 204, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (fax 518.587.3181). Comments on RELC’s application will be most useful by May 1, 2013.
Date of Notice: December 21, 2013
Rondout-Esopus Land Conservancy Announces
Rail Trail Support
has recently committed to support the expansion of rail trail projects
in the towns of Rochester, Rosendale, and Warwarsing through its
partnership with three local organizations.
“Rail trails benefit the public by providing enjoyable
recreational opportunities for residents and visitors as well as an
increase in economic activity for local businesses and the community in
general,” said Walter Levy, RELC’s president.
“We are excited by the prospect of one day enjoying long,
uninterrupted rail trails as well as our ability to help our partners
leverage the work they have already done.”
RELC is supporting rail trail expansion by providing grants to
Wallkill Valley Land Trust/Open Space Institute, the Rondout Valley
Business Association, and Friends of Historic Kerhonkson.
Valley Land Trust (WVLT)/ Open Space Institute (OSI)
RELC is providing a $25,000 dollar-for-dollar challenge grant to
the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Trestle Project, a joint project of WVLT
and OSI. The project will
restore Rosendale’s 114-year old rail trestle and add it to an
expanded rail trail that will run from Wallkill to Kingston.
expansion means that trail users can take the scenic route to pass by
woodlands, open fields, and farmland as they pass between many scenic
and historic hamlets.
Residents and tourist alike can bike, walk, run, horseback ride
and cross country ski while they discover a wide variety of birds, other
wildlife and the panoramically beautiful views of the Shawangunk Ridge
as they ride 150 feet above the Rondout Creek across the 940-foot long
bridge. The project will
include repairing the bridge's steel infrastructure, installing decks
and railings, and regrading and widening the rest of the Rail Trail.
particularly interested in the expansion of the rail trail near its
existing 426-acre conservation easement near Williams Lake.
linear park will benefit Mid-Hudson Valley residents in many ways.
It will fill in the most important "missing link" in one of
the best networks of rail trails in the Hudson River Valley, and will
encourage new economic development in the town of Rosendale.
In short, the restored Rosendale/ Ulster extension of the Wallkill Valley
Rail Trail will be a recreational and cultural resource that will
provide users with an unparalleled recreational experience.
For more information on the Trestle Project, visit: www.wallkillvalleylt.org
Business Association’s Rail Trail Initiative
RELC is providing a $1,000 dollar-for-dollar challenge grant to
the RVBA’s Rondout Valley Rail Trail Initiative (RTI).
The grant is to assist in the RTI’s initial plan development
and fundraising efforts as it seeks to develop plans to expand the rail
trail in the towns of Marbletown, Rochester, Wawarsing and the Village
“We are expanding the length of the rail trail through the
Rondout Valley towns and villages, connecting the existing and proposed
trails that will ultimately provide an uninterrupted path from Kingston
south through Ellenville and onwards to Sullivan County. This will bring
tourism and economic activity, which is definitely needed in our
community, ” said Richard Travers, RVBA’s president.
For more information on the RVBA, visit: www.RondoutValley.org
RELC has provided a $500 grant to FHK to assist in its volunteer
activities to expand the rail trail from Main Street in Kerhonkson south
to Ellenville. While the
Town of Wawarsing is funding a substantial portion of the expansion
along with State transportation grants, FHK has been instrumental in
providing volunteer labor and services for clearing paths and cleaning
up the rail bed. RELC’s
grant will provide financial support to assist FHK in those efforts.
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