By Tod Westlake. Visit Vortex - Fall 2013.
Land conservation isn’t exactly a new concept, but few had the idea back in 1869 when the twin Smiley brothers purchased 280 acres and a ten-room inn in the heart of the Shawangunk Mountains. Since then, local conservation has included the creation of state parks and other preserves, such as Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Sam’s Point Preserve, and Catskill Park, but there have been very successful private efforts as well, one of the most important being the Mohonk Preserve, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. See full article online or view as a PDF.