Winnakee Land Trust

21
Mar

Winnakee Launches “Forever Forests”: A Campaign to Protect 10,000 Acres in Ten Years


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2022                           


Rhinebeck, NY – In celebration of International Day of the Forests today, Winnakee Land Trust announces Forever Forests, a campaign to protect 10,000 acres in ten years across the Hudson Valley.

“The importance of acting to protect local forests, and the ecosystem services they provide, is at a crucial window in the next ten years, before they are lost to development, pests and pathogens and the effects of climate change,” said Winnakee’s Executive Director Bob Davis.  

“Within the lifetime of a child born today, many of the environmental and economic benefits of our forests will be denied to their generation, and those to come,” added Davis.  

“Additionally, 70% of NY’s forests are not viable to regenerate without timely and comprehensive stewardship action, a key component of Winnakee’s conservation strategy to restore protected forests. The Hudson Valley, in particular, has the lowest forest regeneration rates in NYS. Coupled with one of the nation’s highest population growths in recent years, this could mean outright disaster for local forests and the public benefits they offer our region as one of the most desired places to live in the U.S.”

Winnakee’s Forever Forest campaign lays out a strategy to protect and restore 10,000 acres of forest to their fullest ecological potential. Winnakee is making this announcement on International Day of Forests, a day proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests. 

Winnakee invites members of the public to a free, special presentation of FOREVER FORESTS on Sunday, April 24th from 4:00-5:30pm at CO, 6571 Spring Brook Ave, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 as part of Earth Week (rsvp here). The event will detail Winnakee-led strategies for measurable impact at the local level to this global issue.

As Davis notes: “Restoring forests can as much as double their ability to mitigate the effects of climate change, and this nature-based solution makes economic sense, too. In short, protecting our local forests is one of the most indispensable investments we can make for our region’s future.”

“Winnakee is proud to have expanded our conservation mission in recent years. The Forever Forests campaign is one way to help maintain and improve the quality of life we enjoy in our region and support our local economy while contributing globally to one of the most effective, nature-based solutions to climate change,” added David Ping, Winnakee Board Chair.  

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Contact:             Uri Perrin, Director of Outreach   Tel (845) 372-3839 or uri@winnakee.org 

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