Protecting Our Heritage

At Mohonk Preserve, we protect the places you love and we make sure that they stay protected forever. Since our founding in 1963 we have protected over 8,000 acres of breathtaking cliffs, forested hollows, hidden wetlands, and pristine streams. With help from our members and supporters, we do this through careful prioritization and adherence to strict quality standards for land conservation and nonprofit management. Our professional staff and volunteers are dedicated to protecting the places that make the Shawangunks special and upholding the Preserve’s land ethic in perpetuity.

Our land protection work is multi-faceted and involves maintaining strong relationships with landowners and local communities, negotiating land transactions and land protection agreements, and monitoring our protected lands to ensure that they are not threatened or challenged. This work relies on sophisticated map-making systems, which also enable us to provide tailored maps and wayfinding information for the Preserve’s visitors.

More than fifty years after we began, our goals remain unchanged: we protect the Shawangunk Mountains by conserving key recreation areas, fragile habitats and scenic viewsheds. Working together with you, we’re leaving a conservation legacy that will remain for generations to come, fulfilling our promise of saving the land for life.

You can make a difference in protecting the Shawangunk Ridge!

  • Become a member today. Be our partner in preserving the ridge!
  • Support our work with a donation. Your donation helps us protect at-risk properties, care for our protected lands and offer internship opportunities to promising college students. Gifts are fully deductible to the extent permitted by law and can be tailored to meet your financial and estate planning needs.
  • Protect your land through a conservation easement or land transaction with Mohonk Preserve.
  • Care for nature in your own backyard. By landscaping with native plants, conserving wetlands, and reducing the use of garden and lawn chemicals, you can provide homes for birds and other wildlife and reduce pollution.

Banner photo by Carol Rietsma