Race Cancellation - Please note that the Shawangunk Runners' "After the Leaves Have Fallen" race scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 18 has been cancelled due to inclement weather.
River-to-Ridge Trail - Despite wet conditions, our partners at OSI are making good progress on the River-to-Ridge trail extension into the Mohonk Preserve Foothills! Site preparations have been completed, and the trail has been laid out with initial construction underway along Butterville and Pine Roads. A walkway crossing a small, intermittent stream will be built in mid-December. For visitor safety, please avoid these active work areas.
Drones and other Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) - Autumn is amazing in the Shawangunks, but please remember that Mohonk Preserve prohibits the use of drones and other unmanned aerial systems (UAS) on or above Preserve lands unless such use is approved through our permit application process. This policy supports our commitment to the protection of all wildlife (specifically in this context, birds of all species), and the safety and well-being of our visitors, as well as the quality of their personal experiences in nature. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, any and all use of drones for purposes such as aerial photography, videography and entertainment/recreational use. For more information, click here.
DUCK POND UPDATE - We have determined that two of the pond's drainage pipes are cracked and their valves are not functioning. We are working with engineers to develop a plan for repairs. While the water level is fluctuating, there is still leakage due to the pipes. Our Conservation Science team is monitoring the pond daily and we are also consulting with DEC and biologists specializing in ponds. Please stay off of the pond surface and, as always, be sure to keep all dogs on leash. We'll post updates here and on our Facebook page.
As part of our commitment to excellence in land protection, Mohonk Preserve is applying for renewal of accreditation with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. A public comment period is now open, and the Commission invites public input. For more information, click here.
Banner Photo by Tom Weiner