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Winnakee Land Trust Awarded At&T Funds For Education Programs

RHINEBECK, April 2018 – On Sunday morning April 22, Edward Bergstraesser, External Affairs New York AT&T, will join Winnakee Land Trust Board and Staff to announce.

AT&T has contributed $5,000 in support of the Winnakee BioBlitz Education Program. In 2017, AT&T joined the Open Space Institute in supporting Winnakee’s first ever BioBlitz Education Program.

The Earth Day Bird Walk will take place Sunday, April 22 from 8-11 a.m. at the Winnakee Nature Preserve in Hyde Park, NY. The Bird walk will be led by several birding experts of the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club. The second of the two educational programs (funded in part by AT&T) will be a Nature Awareness Walk led by Steven Michael Pague on Saturday, September 15 at the Winnakee Nature Preserve in Hyde Park.

“We are extraordinarily grateful to AT&T for their generous support of this year’s BioBlitz,” said Carl Meyer, President of the Winnakee Land Trust Board of Directors. “This year, instead of one weekend of educational events, we have deconstructed the BioBlitz and offer the public an event in both the spring and fall. Educational events such as these connect community members with nature and one another. Not only are they fun, eye-opening experiences, but they generate interest in the environment and land conservation, which is at the heart of what we do at Winnakee.”

The contribution to Winnakee Land Trust aligns with AT&T’s legacy of environmental conservancy and ecological corporate citizenship. AT&T has set a long-term goal to enable carbon savings 10x the footprint of its global operations by 2025. In addition, AT&T is committing significant resources and expertise in the Internet of Things (IoT) to help make cities cleaner, safer and stronger through smart cities. The company is proud of its external support of environmental issues and of internal programs including the reuse or recycling of more than 7 million cell phones each year, building a fleet of more than 11,200 alternative-fuel vehicles and have encouraged more than 21.2 million customers to sign up for paperless billing.

Bergstraesser said, “Like Winnakee Land Trust, AT&T is committed to improving lives in the communities in which we work and live; the Winnakee mission is very much aligned with our charitable goals. It is a privilege to partner through educational programming with an organization such as Winnakee, dedicated to strengthening our communities and preserving our land.”

The mission of Winnakee Land Trust as posted on is to “conserve natural and agricultural resources, providing a lasting legacy. Through the preservation of land and development of trails, we promote more resilient communities while engaging and connecting people to the cultural and scenic resources of the Hudson Valley.”

An accredited land trust, Winnakee has placed over 2500 acres of prime farmland and open space under conservation easements and has developed many miles of public access trails. The organization also provides public recreational opportunities through Drayton Grant Park at Burger Hill in Rhinebeck and Winnakee Nature Preserve in Hyde Park along with managing public access trails and hosting educational and volunteer events designed to bring communities together.

Sally Mazzarella, President Emeritus of the Winnakee Land Trust Board of Directors said, “Those who have joined us on one of our bird walks or guided nature hikes can tell you what a treat it is to participate. From toddlers to senior citizens, people at every age have the opportunity to experience the great outdoors together. We’re all reminded of how lucky we are to live in the beautiful Hudson Valley, and that, as a community, we share the responsibility of protecting our landscape.”

The April 22 and September 15 educational programs are free of charge and open to the public; all ages welcome.

Past News

Winnakee Land Trust Receives $1,214,650 Award for Saw Kill Land Acquisition Project – December 2017

Sally Mazzarella Honored as Outstanding Volunteer of the Year – November 2017

Winnakee Announces re-accreditation by the LTA – February 2017

Carl Meyer, Former President/COO of Central Hudson Becomes Board President of Winnakee – January 2017

Winnakee receives Greenway Grant, Launches Northern Dutchess Trail Project – December 2016

Winnakee Protects 81 Acres in Red Hook and Milan – October 2016

Ellen Henneberry Joins Winnakee Land Trust as Development Director – October 2016