Mohonk Preserve Foothills Update - Testimonial Gateway Trailhead: Our contractor, Trinity Construction, is now onsite and work will continue through May 2020 on the Testimonial Gateway Trailhead, which will include off-road parking, entry booths, restrooms, landscaping and signage. Stabilization work on the Testimonial Gateway Tower roof, windows and selected masonry will also begin soon. Please note that the Testimonial Gateway Tower area is closed from Route 299 and Gate House Road to the beginning of the Pin Oak Allee and construction fencing and flagging are in place. Access to the Pin Oak Allee area will be intermittent as this portion of the Lenape Lane Carriage Road is restored. Please avoid all active work areas, construction vehicles and equipment and respect all posted closures.
We will keep you updated on our progress and look forward to welcoming everyone to our new trailhead upon completion. Click here for more information on the Mohonk Preserve Foothills Project.
Join the Preserve team! We seek to fill the hourly, grand-funded position of Digitization Technician will advance the digitization of a small museum and herbarium collection, and a century’s worth of natural history data across numerous scientific disciplines. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by 9 AM EST Nov. 4th 2019. Click here for the full announcement and job description.
River-to-Ridge Trail Update - The Mohonk Preserve Foothills Loop Trail is now open, expanding the Mohonk Preserve Foothills trail network and extending the River-to-Ridge Trail in New Paltz. The 2.2-mile loop trail, which is free and open to the public, begins near the intersection of Pine and Butterville Roads, follows the newly established Ridgeview Road to Lenape Lane, and continues around the White Oak Bend Path to Pine Road.
Duck Pond Update - DEC has completed their assessment of Duck Pond's infrastructure and the Preserve is working with engineers to develop a plan for repairs. Due to fluctuating water levels, the pond is especially dangerous - please stay off of the pond surface and, as always, be sure to keep all dogs on leash.
Drones and other Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) - 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.
Banner Photo by Kate Schoonmaker