Shawangunk Ridge Greenway Preservation

Update date: 
February 15, 2014
2010 to 2014
Issue in brief: 

Shawangunk Ridge

We seek to create a continuous, protected corridor along the entire 60-mile length of the magnificent Shawangunk Ridge in New York, connecting to the already preserved Kittatinny Ridge in New Jersey. An explosion of development proposals threatens to destroy this precious environment, especially the 20 miles south of I-86 (Rt. 17). Our mission is to protect the Ridge's pristine water quality, unique wildlife habitat, and biodiversity, and to provide public access to its spectacular beauty and world-famous recreational opportunities, including the Appalachian Trail, Long Path, and Shawangunk Ridge Trail.


December 4, 2014: Trail Conference and partners announce preservation of 67 acres along Shawangunk Ridge Trail in Orange County

May 15, 2014: Seven Peaks developers expected to snub efforts to protect Shawangunk Ridge as they seek final OK. We ask for your support in our efforts to protect a natural trail corridor.

February 12, 2014:  EPF Lobby Day: Governor Cuomo's budget proposal lacks funding for Gunks Greenway parcels. Trail Conference joins effort to increase EPF budget to $200 million.

February 4, 2014: Mamakating Town Board Voted Unanimously to Endorse a Casino on the former Shawanga Lodge site 

January 29, 2014: Developer proposes casino atop Ridge at Shawanga Lodge site in Mamakating. Your help can put the brakes on this idea.

January 10, 2013: Seven Peaks: Back in front of the Mamakating Planning Board (news story by Shawangunk Journal)

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July 23, 2012Another Big Piece of the Shawangunk Ridge Is Preserved

April 23, 2012: New York State Announces Grant for Gunks Greenway Project 

April 4, 2012: Outdoor Industry Group Supports Gunks Greenway Project with Grant to Trail Conference