COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING

Sawkill: Winnakee has protected 335 forested acres along the Sawkill, a water course that is a source of drinking water supply for Bard College and helps safeguard water quality for the Tivoli Bays Wildlife Management Area, which the Saw Kill flows into.

WE KEEP WATER FLOWING BY CONSERVING AND RESTORING NATURAL WATERSHEDS

Intact forests are essential for watershed function. Fragmentation through the sale and development of forest lands degrades that function. We prioritize our work in threatened watersheds to ensure water will keep flowing down to the people and wildlife that depend on it. Working with landowners, we design and help implement conservation plans that specifically protect and restore waterways forever. This includes keeping forests intact, safeguarded from conversion, and maintaining and restoring natural watershed function.

Dutchess Gables: Vernal pools at Dutchess Gables benefit from buffer areas of uphill trees and tree canopies that reduce sediment in the water and benefit the rich aquatic life they support.

WE KEEP FOREST WATERWAYS CLEAN AND HEALTHY

On those lands that have been donated to Winnakee Legacy Forest, we reduce sediment in waterways by maintaining buffer areas near rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds as well as by planting and retaining trees uphill from water bodies to reduce erosion. We restore and maintain canopy cover over streams to shade and cool water to benefit aquatic life and retain large trees near river and stream banks. When they die, these large trees fall into streams and rivers creating eddies and pools to hold water for fish and other water-living creatures.

Vlei Marsh: The forests around Vlei Marsh are a prime example of 2nd growth forests after the abandonment of agriculture, which Winnakee will be stewarding to become a healthier regenerative forest to support this second largest wetland in Rhinebeck.

WE HELP FORESTS COLLECT MORE WATER

One of our primary conservation goals is to protect and restore more biologically complex forests. The majority of forests in the Hudson Valley are 2nd and even 3rd growth forests that arose after agricultural fields were abandoned. These forests consist of trees of largely the same age and few young trees due to overpopulation of deer. The most ideal forest for water quality, is one that regenerates naturally with a mix of short and tall, young and old trees that, together, better trap cloud and fog moisture, as well as increased amounts of snow. Winnakee’s sustainability model on donated forest lands restores and sustains these naturally efficient systems for collecting precipitation, shading water sources, metering out water into warmer and drier months, and slowing runoff in intense rain events.

Caring for Land, Connecting Community

You can be proud that your support will make an impact in conserving lands, expanding public access to trails, and connecting your community with the land.

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32
YEARS OF LAND PROTECTION
100,000+
ANNUAL VISITORS TO OUR PRESERVES
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ACRES PROTECTED FOREVER

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