The leaves have dropped, we’ve had our first snowfall, and we are in the midst of planning an eventful 2017 for Winnakee Land Trust! This year has been exceptional for Winnakee with many goals achieved, including: hiring three new staff; recent closing on a conservation easement with over 81-acres of wetlands and forest; a major trail feasibility study for northern Dutchess County in progress; and productive quarterly County-Wide Trail Roundtable Meetings. We currently protect over 2500 acres of northern Dutchess lands!
All the growth and progress of Winnakee Land Trust is possible because of incredible support from friends like you—Thank you!
As an accredited land trust, Winnakee protects local farmland and natural habitats from development and provides public recreational opportunities at Drayton Grant Park at Burger Hill in Rhinebeck and Winnakee Nature Preserve in Hyde Park. Through the years we have established miles of regional public access trails and are working to expand this effort. In 2017, we will be reaching out within the community to consider alternatives for new trail connections in northern Dutchess County. We also plan to close on several more outstanding easement projects totaling over 515 acres, while continuing to monitor our existing easements, and we hope to expand our community outreach through fun and educational programming.