Stop Package Bandits

New Paltz resident Rachel Lagodka and her dog Paco on a hike at the Mill Brook Preserve. (photo by Lauren Thomas)

Culminating more than a decade of study, planning and negotiation following the “Beavergate” trapping controversy of the early 20-aughts, preservation of a continuous wildlife corridor running all the way from Woodland Pond’s forever-wild acreage to the Duzine School’s back yard is finally about to become a reality. On July 22, the New Paltz Village Board unanimously passed three resolutions enabling the village to become the owner of a 64.5-acre parcel owned by Peter Bienstock under the name of Shawangunk Reserve, Inc. Formerly known as Stoneleigh Woods, the property constitutes the missing link in the long-envisioned tract of protected lands to be known as the Mill Brook Preserve.

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