News, Calendar & Events

Tradelands in Action

PCLT’s vision of preserving a large portion of the Ice Pond Basin originated 20 years ago with then-PCLT President Michael Ciaiola. What began with the donation of the Shawe Preserve in 1976 and the Twin Hill Preserve in 1995 gradually evolved into a plan to acquire the Ice Pond itself and its surrounding edges. In […]
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PCLT Dinner and Auction are April 18th, 2015. Save the Date!!!!

2015 PCLT Dinner Reservation Form
Go get your calendar and reserve April 18th for PCLT’s 46th Anniversary Dinner & Auction.  Make your reservations now! Click the following link to download the  2015 Dinner Reservation Form.
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Come out for Trail Work on Nov 15th!

Do you like to work outdoors? Do you like to hike?  Putnam County Land Trust is having a trail work party at the Glenda Farrell-Henry Ross Preserve this coming Saturday, November 15th from 9:30 to noon.  We will be replacing trail markers where needed, cleaning underbrush from the trail and removing lots of deadfall from the trail.  No experience […]
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You’re Invited to the Opening Ceremony of the Diverting Reservoir Trail…

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PUTNAM COUNTY LAND TRUST AND NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ANNOUNCE COMPLETION OF THE DIVERTING RESERVOIR TRAIL  New trail was built through partnership between Putnam County land stewards, citizens, volunteers and New York City DEP  Recreation trail will open with community hike on Aug. 22, 2014  The Putnam County Land Trust (PCLT) and […]
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Work Party Prepares the New Diverting Reservoir Trail

Judi giving us direction at the beginning of the morning with Eagle Scout Kenny Hauser in the middle
Volunteers from the ranks of Concerned Residents of Southeast (CRSE), Putnam County Land Trust (PCLT) and some local Boy Scouts got together on Saturday, July 26th  and Sunday, July 27th to work on the soon-to-be-opened Diverting Reservoir Trail. The volunteers spent Saturday hauling out trash and tires, they weed-whacked and cleaned along the sides and center of the trail, […]
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Conservation Partners Hold Ribbon Cutting for 115-Acre Dextra Baldwin McGonagle Preserve in Patterson, NY

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In a unique public-private partnership, Putnam County Land Trust (PCLT), Westchester Land Trust (WLT) and Friends of the Great Swamp (FrOGS) recently protected a 115-acre parcel of land in the Ice Pond Conservation Area of the Great Swamp — a region of statewide ecological significance — in the Town of Patterson, New York. The protection […]
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Eagles Soar on PCLT Preserves…

BSA at Field Farmstead from Mike Cunningham
Scouts work on PCLT Preserves over the years. Sorry, this isn’t a newsflash of a bald eagle sighting on PCLT land.  This is about Eagles of another feather.  Over the past number of years most of Putnam County Land Trust’s preserves have been improved by the efforts of Boy Scouts earning their Eagle Scout Rank.  […]
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Butterfly Walk in Dover with FrOGS and OLC…

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Brought to you by our friends at FrOGS and the Oblong Land Conservancy: Butterfly Walk at the Slocum-Mostachetti Preserve Saturday, August 2 For more info, contact the Oblong Land Conservancy at 845-855-3266 or Butterfly Walk led by Bill Wallace, who has studied and catalogued the Butterflies of the Great Swamp for ten years. Wear […]
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Come Sailing With Us!

TICKETS NOW ON SALE!!!! Tickets are $50 per person.  Space is extremely limited, and tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis.  To reserve your ticket(s) email or call 845/278-2808.  Once your reservation is confirmed, payment must be received within 5 business days.  Checks should be payable to ‘Putnam County Land Trust’ and […]
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Check out the new Danner Preserve Video

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PCLT Member and Steward David Chau has created the second TRAILers video, this one is for the Danner Preserve on the Putnam and Westchester border. After checking out the video, visit the Danner Preserve page for directions, description and maps.
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PCLT & Oblong Land Conservancy Receive “Catalyst” Grant

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Local Conservation Groups Benefit from State Conservation Initiative Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced in April that $1.4 million in Conservation Partnership Program grant money would go to 50 non-profit land trusts across the State.  Both the Oblong Land Conservancy (OLC), based in Pawling/Dover, and the Putnam County Land Trust (PCLT), based in Patterson, are beneficiaries […]
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“Trail Blitz” Work Party Volunteers Needed June 1st…

  …AT THE ROBERT & JOSEPHINE KOESTNER PRESERVE The Putnam County Land Trust (PCLT) is looking for volunteers for a work party on Sunday, June 1, 2014.  From 9 am to 12 noon, volunteers will be gathering to do trail work at the Robert and Josephine Koestner Preserve.  The Koestner Preserve is a 1.68 acre […]
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Looking for New Boardmembers

PCLT Trustees March 2014.  From left to right:  Steven Mattson, Robert Lund, Linda Lund, Jenny Hinsman, Susan Horan, Carol Ross, John Vangor, John McCarron, Judy Terlizzi, Michael Cunningham
Five former Putnam County Land Trust boardmembers  were recently awarded Emeritus status as they “retired” from the PCLT Board. These were talented and giving volunteers whose service as trustees contributed to the organization’s success over the past several years, and they will be missed.  While some had been off the board for a number of […]
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PCLT Awarded $9,000 Grant

On April 24th Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $1.4 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants for 50 nonprofit land trusts across the State with the purpose of boosting tourism and public access.  PCLT was one of fifty organizations to receive a portion of the competitive grant funding.  The $9,000 grant will enable the all-volunteer Putnam […]
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Remembering Denis Castelli & Karen Correll

PCLT lost two great friends in April.  Denis Castelli and Karen Correll both passed away, and will be sorely missed. Denis was a PCLT trustee for many years, and was the driving force behind the fundraising for, gutting of, and renovation of the PCLT’s headquarters, the Dorrie O’Brien House.  A constant figure in the community, Denis […]
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Birding with Dr. Jim Utter, Director of FrOGS April 26th

From our friends over at FrOGS: This coming Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 9am, join Dr. Jim Utter of FrOGS at the Oblong Land Conservancy’s Slocum-Mostichetti Preserve on Pleasant Ridge Road, Dover, NY for some bird watching.  Learn to identify resident and migrating birds as well as about their springtime activities! Enjoy this wonderful preserve […]
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Conservation Partners Permanently Protect 115-Acres in Key Ecological Focal Area

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                                 In a unique public-private partnership, Putnam County Land Trust (PCLT), Westchester Land Trust (WLT) and Friends of the Great Swamp (FrOGS) announced today that together the organizations have permanently protected a critical landholding in the Ice Pond Conservation Area […]
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PCLT Bluebell Festival on May 3rd!

Brewster, NY — Blue Bells are the blue flowers that carpet the forest floor in spring – taking advantage of the fact that the trees are still leafless and sunlight still reaches the forest floor.  Their color reminds us how glorious Spring can be, especially after the Winter we just experienced! To celebrate, the Putnam […]
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PCLT Protects an Additional 222 Acres!

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The past few weeks and months have been a whirlwind of activity at PCLT.  Four new properties were added to PCLT’s preserve roster, totaling 222 acres.  This brings PCLT’s total acreage protected to over 1000 acres.  Each property goes through a rigorous evaluation by PCLT’s Acquisitions Committee of its preservation value before it is accepted. […]
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Celebrating 1000 Acres, 45 Years, 5 Emeritus Trustees & Stewardship

A Gala!
The Putnam County Land Trust invites anyone interested in land preservation in Putnam County to join them at their 45th Anniversary Annual Benefit Dinner and Auction on April 5th. With a number of recent acquisitions in the past few months, PCLT now protects over 1000 acres in Putnam.  PCLT President Judy Terlizzi said, “We are […]
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