To The Max!

Interview with Maxanne Resnick: Executive Director of the Woodstock Land Conservancy

Maxanne Resnick was appointed as the Executive Director of the Woodstock Land Conservancy late last year. Woodstock, clearly one of the more well-known towns in Ulster County, couldn’t have a more competent leader at the helm of this important organization. Maxanne is a great source of inspiration to us all here at the Kingston Land Trust as she juggles many responsibilities. She’s long-time Ulster Co resident, a mother of two, a die-hard fan of Phoenicia and so much more.

How did you initially get involved with the Woodstock Land Conservancy (WLC)?
Several years ago I met some of the key Woodstock Land Conservancy (WLC) board members. I remained in touch with them, so when my predecessor, Marita Lopez-Mena, decided to step down, a chance encounter with Board President, Patty Goodwin at the 2015 Ulster County Active Transportation Conference proved serendipitous! I’ve been a Catskills area resident for 22 years, mostly in the Phoenicia area, and recently moved to West Hurley. I was appointed Executive Director in January 2016, after having done a 4-month stint with the organization in fundraising. I’ve long admired WLC’s mission of conserving open lands, natural resources, habitat, historic value, with the added lens of climate change and sustainability. The educational programs are inspiring and I was familiar with several of their gorgeous public preserves.

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The Kingston Land Trust Board of Directors Retreat and Walk Their Properties in February

The stellar Board of Directors at the Kingston Land Trust. (L-R) Tim Weidemann, Gregg Swanzey, Andi Turco-Levin, Beth Roessler, Scarlet Duba, Steve Noble, Barbara Epstein, Kevin McEvoy, Brad Will and Matt Gillis.

 

The Kingston Land Trust Board of Directors met today to walk their properties and view their other projects as well as to have a relaxing afternoon together.

Here, the group looks closely at their parcel on Yoemans Street in historic Ponckhockie.

 

We were conveyed this lot by the City of Kingston in 2010 with hopes of working with the neighbors in the Ponckhockie section to create a small garden at the south end of the parcel that is mostly level and receives sunlight. The north end that connects to Yeomans Street has steep slopes, difficult terrain, is shaded and covered with poison ivy. The lot is a demapped street once connecting Yeomans Street to East Union St. The East Union frontage was conveyed by the City sometime ago so the parcel has only frontage on Yeomans Street. At the time of the conveyance we were made aware of an underground drainage easement to be retained by the City referred to as Tunnel Street. The demapped street appears on 1854 map for George North and Walter B. Crane who owned and subdivided the area at that time and had grading of slopes performed including the grading of the Revolutionary militia battleworks believed to have been located in this area which is discussed in Schoonmakers’s History of Kingston.

Originally it was thought that this steep north section of the parcel might have been the east slope of the Revolutionary battleworks site where the local Ulster County militia was stationed in October 16, 1777 when the British arrived to burn Kingston. Besides Schoonmakers’s History of Kingston, the battleworks have been discussed with a drawing depicting the general area in 1849 prior to North & Crane’s grading in Lossing’s Fieldbook of the Revolution and have been the subject of discussions with City Historian Ed Ford and military historian Col. James Johnson. As part of a separate National Historic Register nomination concerning another site in Ponckhockie, I reviewed and documented possible and known roads in 1777 and possible locations of the militia battleworks.

KLT Executive Director Rebecca Martin at the South Pine Street City Farm in Kingston. Photo by Andi Turco-Levin

After taking title, our executive director Rebecca Martin inspected the site, met the adjoining neighbors and was made aware by them of the significance of Tunnel Street. While there may be Revolutionary significance yet to be determined, the name Tunnel Street refers to a Tunnel entrance located on the site now sealed shut which leads into the former Newark Lime & Cement Company quarries in nearby Hasbrouck Park.

Kevin McEvoy, Vice Chair – The Kingston Land Trust

 

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

Kingston Land Trust Land Preservation Approach

In our last discussion, we mentioned the history of the Kingston Land Trust’s Yeomans St. parcel that has significance for the Newark Lime & Cement Co. tunnel quarry entrance on site and has additional potential for a community garden on a portion of the site.

In this discussion, we will explore the open space and historic site preservation practices and techniques of the Kingston Land Trust. Continue reading Kingston Land Trust Land Preservation Approach

UPDATE: the Kingston Land Trust Yeomans Street Parcel ‘Clean Sweep” on April 30th

Cleaning up the KLT Yeomans Parcel. Pictured in the background is KLT Vice Chair and Chair of the KLT Land use, Mgmt, Planning Committee and volunteer and county planner Jennifer Schwartz Berky.

Below is a note from Kevin McEvoy, Chair of the Kingston Land Trust Land Use, Management and Planning (LUMP) Committee and the Vice Chair of the KLT who reports on one of our spectacular parcels on Yeomans Street in historic Ponckhockie in Kingston.

We welcome any inquiries on properties that require easements, donations or otherwise. Please contact Kevin directly if you have land that you wish to protect in the city or town of Kingston and town of Ulster by writing kevin@kingstonlandtrust.org

Rebecca Martin
Executive Director
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Yeomans Street Parcel gets a “Clean Sweep” in 2011

A historic quarry tunnel and teepees awaiting peas and beans next weekend.

In recent times, the Kingston Land Trust took on a small property on Yeomans Street in historic Ponckhockie in Kingston. Little did we know then, that this tiny sliver had a sealed tunnel entrance to an old historic quarry. We hope to someday make this important part of Kingston’s history available to the public in some way in the future.

With the support of the Kingston Land Trust Board Directors and volunteers, we were able to scale the hills and clear a large amount of debris. Everything from bed frames to tires was cleared from the property and enough garbage and yard waste removed to be able to get close to the bottom of the historic tunnel. Continue reading Yeomans Street Parcel gets a “Clean Sweep” in 2011

The Kingston Land Trust Organizes Community Beautification/Garden Project on Yeomans Street in Ponckhockie

The Kingston Land Trust organizes community meeting to discuss a beautification and garden project on Yeomans Street in Ponckhockie in Kingston, NY.

All citizens living in the vicinity of Yeomans Street are encouraged to attend on Tuesday, October 19th at 5:30pm.

Kingston, NY –  The Kingston Land Trust, an urban trust located in the city of Kingston, is organizing a community meeting to discuss a 2011 spring clean-up, beautification and garden project for Yeomans Street in Ponckhockie. All citizens who live nearby  are encouraged to attend.

“One of our primary goals at the Kingston Land Trust as we acquire parcels to protect and preserve is to reach out to involve the  neighborhood that surround them.” Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust explains. “Creating a shared beautification and garden project is an intimate way to connect the people to their immediate outdoor open spaces”.

Those wishing to attend are asked to meet street side at 65 Gill Street on Tuesday, October 19th at 5:30pm.

For more information, contact Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust at 845/877-LAND (5263) or email rebecca@kingstonlandtrust.org