Healthy Kingston for Kids School and Garden Committee Hosts Workshop

Those in attendance included: (L-R) Kingston Corridor's Gerald Berke, HKK Garden Committee member Cecilia DeFerrari, Kingston Land Trust Executive Director and co-chair of the HKK Garden Committee Rebecca Martin, HKK Project Coordinator Kristen Wilson, and HKK Assistant Alyssa Thompson.

The Healthy Kingston for Kids School and Community Garden Committee is in the midst of designing a citywide “Kingston City Garden” website that will help to bring together all of the current gardens, opportunities and provide helpful instruction in the city of Kingston. Included will be an interactive social media component called “BuddyPress” where immediate communications can occur on all garden related content.

Instructed by Kingston Digital Coordinator Mark Marshall at the Everett Hodge Center’s computer lab,  the group learned how to apply BuddyPress to a WordPress site that is being developed with plans to launch in February, 2012.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the HKK School and Garden Committee, please contact co-chairs Julie Noble (JulieLNoble@kingston-ny.gov) or Rebecca Martin (kingstonlandtrust@gmail.com)

A very Special thanks to the City of Kingston, the Everett Hodge Community Center and Kingston Cares for their assistance.

The Kingston Land Trust’s Holiday Mixer and Benefit a Great Success

The Kingston Land Trust Executive Committee. (L-R): Gregg Swanzey (Board Director and Chair, KLT Rail Trail Committee), Rebecca Martin (Executive Director), Steve Noble (President), Kevin McEvoy (Vice President/Treasurer)

 

Thanks to all who came out this evening to show support and to celebrate the efforts of the Kingston Land Trust in 2011.

The Stockade Tavern was an excellent setting for about 50 guests who enjoyed presentations by Steve Rosenberg of Scenic Hudson and Mark Castiglione of the Hudson River Valley Greenway.  The Kingston Land Trust raised $2,045.00 to go towards its match challenge of $5,000 before December 31st.

We’ve got just about a month to do it, and every contribution no matter how large or small helps us to continue this important work.  Click on the “Just Give”  link below to make a secure on line donation to our annual fund and match drive.  Contributions are tax-deductible.

 

From all of us at the Kingston Land Trust – Happy Holidays and thanks.

The Kingston Land Trust in 2011. Click the link to watch our powerpoint presentation.

A packed house. Mark Castiglione of the Greenway speaks with Pat Murphy from the FOHK.

Julie Noble wears many hats working for the City of Kingston, Forsyth Nature Center and Chair of the Conservation Advisory Council enjoys a special "Kingston Land Trust" cocktail made with Lemongrass from the South Pine Street City Farm.

Steve Rosenberg of Scenic Hudson listening on.

Amanda LaValle (Coordinator, Dept. of The Environment for Ulster County) and March Gallagher (Deputy Director for Economic Development at Ulster County).

Incoming Ward 9 Alderwoman Debbie Brown and Ward 1 Alderwoman Andi Turco-Levin.

Paul Maloney, owner of the Stockade Tavern. Where everybody knows your name.

The KLT Rail Trail Committee Hosts Final Trail Clean-Up in 2011.

Many hands make light work.

The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee secured a truck from the City of Kingston to remove the final load of brush and garbage from a section of the proposed Kingston Point Rail Trail over the weekend (Saturday, December 3rd, 2011). Located on First/Delaware Avenues, about a dozen volunteers helped to clean the site filling the dump truck to capacity in just a little over an hour.

More clean-ups will be scheduled in the spring of 2012.

If you’d like information on the Kingston Land Trust Rail Committee or wish to get involved, please contact Gregg Swanzey at gswanzey@gmail.com

 

Loading the truck. Thank you city of Kingston!

The Kingston Land Trust Acquires Eight Parcels through Competitive Bidding Process.

The Kingston Land Trust receives eight parcels through a competitive bidding process mostly along the Esopus Creek. The group looks ahead in creating public access points and programming for citizens and visitors to enjoy and protect the Lower Esopus Creek.

Kingston – The Kingston Land Trust, an urban trust committed to the protection and preservation of open space, historic sites, wetlands, scenic areas and forests in the City of Kingston and the surrounding region recently acquired eight properties, the majority along the Esopus Creek, through a competitive bidding process. A resolution was officially passed by the Ulster County legislature in the past few weeks.

“The acquisition of these properties flooded, all too often by the Lower Esopus will allow the Kingston Land Trust to develop public access points, provide beneficial areas for wildlife and will allow for greater flood mitigation in the Lower Esopus Watershed. These properties will join other Kingston Land Trust lands in the City of Kingston, as we strive to create a network of open space and protected sites along the Lower Esopus Creek in the Towns of Hurley, Ulster and the City of Kingston.” says Steve Noble, one of the co-founders of the Kingston Land Trust and current Board President.

Kevin McEvoy, Board Director and Chair of the Kingston Land Trust Land Use, Management and Planning Committee responsible for creating the bids agrees. “The Kingston Land Trust looks forward to having its open space preservation efforts in the Esopus Creek floodplain and nearby wetlands lead to the formation of partnerships including the municipalities along this designated inland waterway which is eligible for participation in the NYS Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.”

Currently the Kingston Land Trust is in the midst of an assessment provided by a grant through the Land Trust Alliance. As part of the effort, board and staff members will work to create management plans and ways in which to partner with other municipalities, organizations and community groups to help utilize these new public access points to the creek.

For more information, contact Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust at 845/877-5263 or email kingstonlandtrust@gmail.com.  To find out more about the Kingston Land Trust, visit www.kingstonlandtrust.org