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The Kingston Land Trust is a volunteer led and registered 501(c)(3) public charity formed for the purpose of protecting, preserving and restoring urban and rural lands in and around Kingston, NY for the benefit and enjoyment of its residents and visitors. The Kingston Land Trust is an amazing organization made up of a group of multi talented, passionate, dedicated and like-minded volunteers driven to make the Kingston area an exceptional place to live, work and play. The keystone to the successful execution of its vision, mission and related programs is reliant on its collaboration with its many partners and its support base of loyal and dedicated volunteers.

Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity often intended to promote goodness and to improve human quality of life and it gives the individual a form of connectivity to the community and a sense of belonging, pride and accomplishment. Volunteering can be far more than simply doing a good deed. In fact, volunteering can be a great way to learn more about the community and its people, make friends and socialize, garner professional contacts and networks, get exercise, spend time outdoors, or even shake up your usual routine. Volunteering is one of the best ways to make a difference in your community. Whatever your passion, however you get involved, volunteering offers a way to have a real and lasting impact on the community.

Now that you know about the benefits and value of volunteerism, won’t you please volunteer? We need you and these are the many ways you can involved and help:

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A call for Volunteers – WE NEED YOU!!!

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You’ve got a busy schedule. There’s work, kids, pets, the spouse, granny… You’ve got parties, get togethers, social engagements and you’re juggling multiple social media accounts. And then you have to clean the guest house for this weekend’s AirBnB guests… We get it, you’re so busy it’ll make our head spin… So, how could you possibly find time to add another thing to your already packed plate, let alone volunteer your time? Well, it’s simple, because the Kingston Land Trust is an amazing organization and WE NEED YOU!!!

The Kingston Land Trust’s mission is to protect, connect and activate urban open spaces in and around Kingston NY. Our board and members are also volunteers who put in tons of overtime to help make Kingston one of the most special and unique places to live and visit in New York State.

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Meet, Sweep, and Eat (or Drink!)

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Tuesday, April 26, 6:30pm – 8pm
Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran. Map it.
22 Livingston St, Kingston, NY 12401

A monthly scheduled walk along the future Kingston Point Rail Trail to conduct routine monitoring. We start at the back of the Immanuel Lutheran Church and walk down to East Strand. At the end, we’ll seek out food and drink at one of several great downtown establishments.

NOTE: Wear sturdy boots and long pants. In the event of rain or other bad weather, we’ll cancel and continue next month.

For 6th Annual Clean Sweep, Kingston Land Trust Organizes Trail Work Day

Kingston Rail Trail Committee Seeks Volunteers as Part of 6th Annual Clean Sweep on 5/2. Register online at GreenlineCleanSweep2015.eventbrite.com

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Volunteers haul brush and debris during a prior Clean Sweep event.

Kingston, NY – As part of the 6th annual Kingston Clean Sweep, organized by Friends of Historic Kingston and the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation, the Kingston Land Trust is recruiting volunteers and supporters to take the clean-up to the trails! Beginning at 9am sharp, our crews will pick up garbage, remove brush and spiff-up the future Kingston Point Rail Trail from midtown to the Rondout Creek.

Volunteers are encouraged to register in advance via GreenlineCleanSweep2015.eventbrite.com.

“We’re looking for additional helpers of all ages and abilities,” explains Meg Clark, one of the event organizers and a member of the Kingston Land Trust’s Rail Trail Committee. “It’s a chance to put some sweat-equity into the emerging trail system that’s starting to take off in Kingston and beyond.”

All volunteers will gather at 8:30am on Saturday, May 2nd at the Rondout Savings Bank parking lot, 300 Broadway in Kingston. After signing in and completing a brief safety orientation, volunteers will be provided with tools and will work their way down the future trail, picking up litter, clearing drainage basins and removing debris that has accumulated over the winter. Along the way, our crew leaders will provide updates on the ongoing construction of the Kingston Point Rail Trail, which began last fall and is expected to continue through 2016.

Volunteers should come prepared, wearing boots, gloves, bug and tick guard and long pants and long-sleeved shirts. The work will involve removing and bagging general trash and rubbish. All volunteers will be required to sign-in before participating in the clean-up.

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About the Kingston Land Trust and the Rail Trail Committee – The Kingston Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization 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 to include the Town of Ulster and the Town of Kingston. The Rail Trail Committee is dedicated to planning, development, utilization, and proper maintenance of rail trails and other non-motorized linkages in the City of Kingston. More information is available at KingstonLandTrust.org.

About the Kingston Greenline – The Kingston Greenline is a partnership of the Kingston Land Trust and the City of Kingston to develop a city-wide system of trails, bikeways, promenades, paths and complete streets. The Kingston Greenline will provide residents and visitors with healthy, active, non-motorized ways to connect to the City’s vibrant commercial, cultural, historical and recreational assets. The Greenline will also weave together a growing regional trail network, providing an amenity-rich urban trail hub that promotes active transportation and tourism. More information is available at KingstonGreenline.org and facebook.com/kingstonrailtrails.

REALTORS for Clean Trails: May 9th Cleanup Day with the Ulster County Board of REALTORS

Kingston, NY – Saturday May 9 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM the Ulster County Board of REALTORS® has organized a county-wide day of service, dubbed “REALTORS® for Clean Trails.”  Volunteers will work on trail clean-up projects at several sites throughout Ulster County. Work will include parts of the Walkill Valley Rail Trail, the Kingston Greenline, Hudson Valley Rail Trail, and the O&W Rail Trail.

In Ulster County, an exciting meeting-of-the-minds is taking place as REALTORS® and land conservation and trail groups are working together to support the expansion of the county’s growing network of rail trails. The partnership, which has flourished since receiving a nationally-competitive grant in 2014, is based on a shared vision of a more walkable and bike-able community which, according to recent studies, boosts real estate values, spurs private investment, and improves residents’ physical and mental health. Rail trails not only preserve open space and provide great recreational opportunities, they also improve communities and raise home values.

“What we’re doing here is pretty unusual,” explains Andi Turco-Levin, who heads up the Kingston Land Trust’s board of directors and is the current president of the Ulster County Board of REALTORS®. “People often think of trails as nice recreational amenities, but we’re putting them front-and-center as a part of our efforts to strengthen property values, catalyze real estate development, and better connect our community,” Levin adds.

“There’s a turning point here, as Ulster County’s individual rail trails link up to form something entirely new, a new kind of infrastructure,” explains Tim Weidemann, the co-chair of the Kingston Land Trust’s Rail Trail Committee. “We’re creating a modern, active transportation network, which has the power to really transform our communities in positive ways over the next decade,” Weidemann continues, “and we’re succeeding because people of all stripes understand that this is what our community needs in order to continue to be attractive.”

Volunteers can pick a worksite from multiple locations throughout Ulster County, including the Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY 12401. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up today by calling the UCBR office at 338-5299 or emailing event chair Nan Potter at NanPotter66@gmail.com.

Last Cleanup Day of the season on Kingston Point Rail Trail

unnamedKingston- Sunday November 16th, the Kingston Land Trust will be hosting its final workday of the season on the Kingston Point Rail Trail from 9am till noon. This will be a great chance to help out with the maintenance of the rail corridor, and get a final glance at the fall weather on the trail before winter approaches.

In an effort to get the trail ready for winter, volunteers will have the option to work on many different tasks including brush clearing, raking leaves and very importantly scouring the corridor for any sort of trash and litter that can take away from the overall natural beauty of the trail. Now more than ever is an important time to keep the Kingston Point Rail Trail maintained, with the ongoing construction as well as a growing awareness from our neighbors about the trail.

Those planning on attending the work day should prepare for the weather and dress in warm clothing. Volunteers are reminded to wear protective clothing in the event of coming into contact with any sort of prickers or mud, and to bring a pair of work gloves as well. If you wish to bring your own work tools, we strongly urge you to mark them and make them easy for you to identify as your own. At 9am, we will be meeting at the Rondout Savings Bank parking lot (300 Broadway).

Any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Tim Weidemann, Rail Trail Committee co-Chair  at (845­430­0426) or via email                   (tim@rondoutconsulting.com)

 

The Kingston Point Rail Trail is one part of the Kingston Land Trust’s vision for an inter­connected network of the Kingston Land Trust’s vision for an inter­connected network of urban rail trails, pathways, bike ­lanes and complete streets, which has been dubbed the Kingston Greenline. More information is available through the Kingston Land Trust’s web site, at www.kingstonlandtrust.org/greenline.

 

Walkill Valley Rail Trail Association to Host Annual Fall Trail Clean Up

wvtraThe Walkill Valley Rail Trail Association will be hosting its annual Fall Rail Trail Cleanup on November 15th starting at 9am. This will be a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant beauty of the Hudson Valley at the peak of the Fall season. Volunteers will be needed to help spruce up the beautiful 22-mile Wallkill Valley Rail Trail before winter sets in.

The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association, in conjunction with the Wallkill Valley Land Trust will be sponsoring the event. The goals of the clean up will be moving trash and other debris from the trail, clearing brush, and smoothing out ruts are among the chores that need to be completed.

There will be two meeting points in the Rosendale section of the trail.

Work Location 1 will be at  Hickory Bush Road (aka Whiteport Road). For this work site, volunteers are asked to meet by the Thruway overpass on Hickory Bush Road. This work site will focus on trash removal and smoothing out deep ruts caused by ATVs crossing the trail.Those interested in this work site are asked to bring work gloves and shovels.  Trash bags will be provided.

 Work Location 2 will be located outside the Women’s Studio Workshop, Binnewater Rd at Breezy Hill Rd. Work  at this site will focus on clearing brush to widen the trail.Volunteers interested in working this site are asked to bring work gloves and clippers or pruners.
Parking is limited at both locations, please car pool where possible.  Signs will be placed at the meeting locations.
If you plan to participate, please email us in advance (admin@kingstonlandtrust.org) so we can coordinate with the WVRTA. See the Walkill Valley Rail Trail Association’s web site, for further information or email  info@wvrta.org  to receive updates or for any questions.

Please come out and help us to make The Walkill Valley Rail Trail trail cleaner, safer and even more enjoyable for everyone. 

About the Walkill Valley Rail Trail Association:The association is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization run by volunteers with the sole purpose of preserving this precious linear park for future generations. Individuals, families and businesses are encouraged to join the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association to help support the costs involved in maintaining, promoting, preserving and improving the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail for public use.

 

 

 

 

Calling On Volunteers: Bike Parking at the O+ Festival

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Register to volunteer at http://opositivebikeparking2014.eventbrite.com

The Kingston Land Trust and Bike Friendly Kingston are partnering with organizers of the O+ Festival to provide a free bicycle parking tent for festival goers.This is a great opportunity for volunteers to be involved with the O+ Festival.

Volunteers are needed during Friday and Saturday night and from 10am-2pm on Saturday. It’s simple, and with your help, people will be able to ride to the festival, stash their bike safely with us, and enjoy the festivities! As an added bonus, you’ll get a chance to network with other rail trail and cycling advocates while you work the tent!

The bike parking tent will be located at the intersection of Wall St and Front Street in Kingston, next to the festival’s HO+ME tent.This location is subject to change and if so, all participants will be notified.

If you would like more information on the event or to sign up, check out our volunteer page on  http://opositivebikeparking2014.eventbrite.com.  We hope to see you there.

 

The Clean-Up Continues on 8/24: Long-Neglected Railroad Corridor from Midtown to Rondout Begins Transformation

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The Livingston Street tunnel emerges from a long slumber beneath brush and garbage after our last cleanup on August 8, 2013

Kingston, NY – Kingston is a city full of secret treasures, but one of them is destined to remain a secret no longer. The former Ulster & Delaware Railroad, which once brought tourists from the Hudson River, at Kingston Point, to the erstwhile resorts of the Catskills, is beginning its transformation into the County’s newest rail trail. That transformation continues with a volunteer clean-up on Saturday, August 24th, from 9am until noon.

While specific plans for the trail are still in the works, a virtual army of volunteers has begun cleaning up this long-neglected city property, transforming a garbage-strewn eyesore into an exciting reminder of Kingston’s historical importance and a symbol of the City’s revitalization.

The Kingston Land Trust, the group pursuing the creation of the rail trail from midtown to the Rondout along the former U&D railroad, is organizing its fourth clean-up this year from 9am to noon on Saturday, August 24th. Volunteers will work as a team to remove garbage, clear brush, and continue improving the pathway to enable future trail-planning sessions to happen on the site.

Individuals interested in supporting the Land Trust’s trail-building efforts are encouraged to sign-up for the event via Facebook at www.facebook.com/kingstonrailtrails. The event will begin at the Rondout Savings Bank, located at 300 Broadway, Kingston, NY. Volunteers should come prepared wearing boots since there are wet areas, gloves, bug and tick guard and long pants and long-sleeved shirts. The work will involve cutting and moving brush and general trash. Volunteers should bring water bottles and and are requested to bring loppers or other brush clearing hand tools if they have them.

Past clean-ups have made significant progress in clearing a section of the proposed trail between East Chester Street and US Route 9W, including a tunnel that extends under the intersection of Delaware Avenue and Livingston Street. The Church Communities of New York has played a major supporting role, bringing groups of well-organized and motivated high school students to work on the trail. According to one of the representatives from Church Communities, “these projects offer great opportunities for young people to join in the effort to reclaim these beautiful and historic places of Kingston.”

The Kingston Point Rail Trail is one part of the Kingston Land Trust’s vision for an inter-connected network of urban rail trails, pathways, bike-lanes and complete streets, which has been dubbed the Kingston Greenline. More information is available through the Kingston Land Trust’s web site, atwww.kingstonlandtrust.org/greenline. In September, the Kingston Land Trust’s Rail Trail Committee will hold a series of “trail-walks” along the proposed route to begin gathering ideas, hopes and concerns of area residents. These and future events will be posted on the Greenline web page.

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About the Kingston Land Trust and the Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee- The Kingston Land Trust is a 501c3 non-profit organization 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 to include the Town of Ulster and the Town of Kingston. www.kingstonlandtrust.org. The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail committee is dedicated to planning, development, utilization, and proper maintenance of rail trails and other non-motorized linkages in the City of Kingston, as part of our vision for a comprehensive Kingston Greenline trail system.

Volunteer Cleanup on the Kingston Point Trail Scheduled for July 13, 2013

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July 13th clean-up to focus on area around the tunnel

The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee is organizing a cleanup of the Kingston Point Rail Trail on Saturday, July 13th, 2013 at 9:00am. Volunteers are asked to meet in the parking lot at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Livingston Street, in Kingston at 8:30am to sign-in.

Kingston – On Saturday, July 13th 2013 at 9:00 a.m. the Rail Trail Committee of the Kingston Land trust are organizing a clean-up of a section of the proposed Kingston Point Rail Trail. Volunteers are invited to help clear a section of the old Ulster & Delaware rail bed that runs from Kingston Point to midtown Kingston. The Kingston Land Trust is working with the City of Kingston to develop this abandoned rail bed into a scenic urban rail trail.Volunteers should come prepared wearing boots since there are wet areas, gloves, bug and tick guard and long pants and long-sleeved shirts. The work will involve cutting and moving brush and general trash. Volunteers should bring water bottles and are requested to bring loppers or other brush clearing hand tools if they have them.

Among other purposes, the Ulster and Delaware railroad line used to carry New York City vacationers from ferry boats arriving at Kingston Point into the Catskill Mountains.

This section of the rail line runs from midtown Kingston to the Rondout. It will eventually connect to a network of rail trails extending throughout Ulster County. When completed this trail section will allow users to travel from midtown Kingston to the Hudson River with only a three percent grade throughout the 1.5 mile trail. Rail trails are created on abandoned railroad lines and are ideal recreational amenities for people of all ages and abilities because they are nearly flat, relatively wide, and have excellent visibility.

This is one of a series of Saturday morning cleanups that the Kingston Land Trust has organized. The clean-ups will throughout the summer and fall. Dates will be posted on the website www.kingstonlandtrust.org.

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About the Kingston Land Trust and the Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee- The Kingston Land Trust is a 501c3 non-profit organization 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 to include the Town of Ulster and the Town of Kingston. www.kingstonlandtrust.org. The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail committee is dedicated to planning, development, utilization, and proper maintenance of rail trails and other non-motorized linkages in the City of Kingston, as part of our vision for a comprehensive Kingston Greenline trail system.