Digging Up Land Trusts’ Urban Roots

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Conservation land trusts work to protect land by holding property rights for the public good.

Relying on a combination of volunteers, staff and a board of directors, these nonprofit organizations may own land outright (which may be turned into public recreation areas or reserved for conservation purposes), or place conservation easements on pieces of property (which allows the land to remain privately-owned while still protected from development). In doing so, land trusts are advocates for responsible land use so that current and future generations can enjoy the many benefits of open space: recreation, agriculture, biodiversity and climate resiliency (just to name a few).

But, while all land trusts work towards these fundamental goals, each one represents a unique community and defines its own mission. Looking across the U.S. you can find land trusts of all shapes and sizes, but no two are identical.

People often imagine land conservation as occurring on tracts of remote wilderness, along the rolling hills of a bucolic farm, or framing a National Park; and, some land trusts do work on large scale preserves. But many land trusts form when development pressure reaches a breaking point and jeopardizes some of last remaining space for communities to gather.

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Greenline progress… Opening soon?

Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Construction

We’ve Been Working on the Greenline. Tangible Progress in 2015, Trail Opening in 2016? We’re Pulling for it.

The Kingston Point Rail Trail (KPRT) will be a recreational non-motorized transportation paved trail on a former rail bed within a property corridor owned by the City of Kingston that connects Midtown at East Chester Street with the waterfront. It will turn out to be a great way to commute for some. The conversion of former rail bed to trail features gentle grades from the Broadway commercial corridor through residential neighborhoods, to the Rondout Gardens multifamily residential area with easy connection to the Rondout waterfront district and Kingston Point.

The KPRT design has been unveiled after years of conceptual planning by Alta Planning+Design, design development by Saratoga Associates and engineering work to develop construction documents by KC Engineering. The Kingston engineering firm of Brinnier & Larios did all the survey work for us. Hone Strategic assisted in the public outreach and community engagement. You can download and view all the plans and documents online on the Kingston Greenline page of the City of Kingston Economic Development page.

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