Catskills

Center for Discovery

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Our work with The Center for Discovery has protected nearly 750 acres of farmland and supported the connection between open space, agriculture, and public health.

The land that we acquired helps the Center’s young adults with autism learn life skills and gain independence through interacting with the natural world.

Protecting Stonewall Preserve

In 2005, we supported The Center’s wellness programs by acquiring an agricultural easement on 300 acres of farmland at Stonewall Preserve.

The Stonewall Preserve’s 100 acres of open land sits high in the Hudson River Valley landscape and includes 11 forest types, wetlands, and acres of June-blossoming rhododendron across its northern border. One of its most noteworthy features is the miles of stone walls built by farmers of yore.

In 2011, we helped The Center acquire Applebee Farm, and in 2013 we teamed up again to acquire a cattle farm and a nine-mile railroad bed—which will become a recreational centerpiece for the revitalized hamlet of Hurleyville.

By ensuring that the land will be forever available for farming, we have enabled The Center for Discovery to expand operations and programming in a sustainable, positive way -- benefiting both the residents and the surrounding countryside.

Making connections

After renovation, the nine-mile rail trail will become part of a larger, interconnected Hudson Valley trail network.

The network, spearheaded by the Open Space Institute and our partners, will connect towns, villages, hamlets, and cities with state parks and recreational trails, including the Long Path. It will also span three major rivers: The Hudson, Wallkill, and Rondout.

An Inside Look at a Unique Strategic Partnership

The partnership between OSI and The Center for Discovery has preserved beautiful historic landscapes and created opportunities for agriculture and people to thrive.

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