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Winnakee Launching Dutchess County Trails Roundtable Series

A Network for Regional Trails Development

On Thursday, December 17th, 2015 Winnakee Land Trust is launching the Dutchess County Trails Roundtable Series, a county-wide forum that will serve as a catalyst for trail development of every kind. Officials, trail committees, and the general public are encouraged to attend.

The kick-off Trails Roundtable will be held from 4 pm to 5:30 p.m. in Room C, Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center, at the FDR National Historic Site, 4079 Albany Post Road (Route 9), Hyde Park. Led by Winnakee Land Trust, these Trail Roundtables will be held quarterly to promote trail development and connections. Winnakee is opening a regular forum for cross-municipal cooperation, access to services and expertise, and supporting complementary projects.

In response to a groundswell of interest expressed at the recent Dutchess County Trails Conference, this Roundtable Service is organized by Winnakee and its Steering Committee Partners, including Dutchess County Government, National Park Service, the Towns of Hyde Park and Red Hook, NY/NJ Trail Conference, and the Hudson River Valley Greenway. The possibilities for mutual benefit to projects large and small are tremendous.

Whether you want to propose a short length of hiking trail to your local park or are already well at work establishing regional trails, there is a place for you at the table.

For more information and to RSVP, email Karissa Stokdal at info@winnakeeland.org. Late reservations and walk-ins are welcome.

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Happy Holidays and thank you for your support.

Join our Scenic Resources Mapping Project!

Do you enjoy hiking? Are you interested in photography? We need YOUR HELP!

With the support of the Hudson River Valley Greenway, Winnakee is teaming up with the Department of Environmental Conservation to map scenic views across northern Dutchess County.  The purpose of the project is to identify areas that northern Dutchess communities value for their scenic qualities. The identified locations will help improve how scenic resources are incorporated into local and regional planning.

The project requires photos taken at scenic locations, similar to the photo displayed above. We must know the location where the photo was taken. Please be as specific as possible. GPS coordinates are ideal and can be captured using your smart phone.

We are looking for photos in all seasons, taken within the last three years. Northern Dutchess includes the municipalities of Red Hook, Milan, Pine Plains, North East, Amenia, Stanford, Clinton, Rhinebeck, and Hyde Park.

Please send all photos to info@winnakee.org with the location and your full name if you wish to be credited.

All photo submissions are due by Friday June 24th!


The above photo was captured by Brian Grim at Stissing Mountain Fire Tower in Pine Plains, New York. 



The Garden Trail is ready for Winter!

Garden Trail work 2Winnakee staff, Vice President of the Board, and volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 128 got together on Saturday, November 21st to clean-up the Garden Trail easement owned by Winnakee. The group worked for nearly four hours cutting, pulling, and raking weeds away to clear the path for winter hikers, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers.


The Garden Trail is a full, half-mile loop located between 130-138 Astor Road in Rhinebeck, NY. Look for the parking lot! In 2016, Winnakee will establish a trail kiosk at the site.

Habitat build with Cub Scout Pack 122

On November 3rd, Winnakee met with Cub Scout Troop 122 to build brush pile habitats at Winnakee Nature Preserve! The Scouts built 13 habitats overall as part of an effort to earn their Conservation Award badge.

The habitats will help provide shelter for rabbits, chipmunks, squirrels, mice, and other small forest-dwelling animals. Some of the larger habitats could even house foxes or skunks. The shelters will help keep the animals hidden from prey and protected from cold weather in the coming months.

Thank you Troop 122!

Conservation Award

New Trail Easement for Winnakee

In early September 2015, Winnakee Land Trust signed a trail easement with River Ridge, a new townhome community in Hyde Park, NY. The ink was barely dry when members from the Ralph’s Peak Hikers’ Volunteer Club led by members of the Hyde Park Trails Committee began trail clearing on this section on the 6th Annual Seth Lyon Trail Volunteer Day. The volunteers were able to clear over half of the ¾ mile trail but the section still requires more work before it can be opened to the public.

The River Ridge Trail Easement will be an addition to the Hyde Park Greenway and ultimately, a segment of the Hudson River Valley Greenway, which strives to connect the Mid-Hudson Bridge to the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge and beyond.

See the complete Hyde Park Greenway Trail map here. The River Ridge Trail Easement is indicated by the dotted red line.

If you want to get involved in volunteer trail work follow the Winnakee Land Trust Facebook for announcements or send an email to info@winnakeeland.org.