Welcome to Mohonk Preserve's 2016 Year in Review.
Strong nonprofit organizations make a significant social impact. We are grateful for your generous support which ensures that Mohonk Preserve’s social impact goes well beyond just protecting the treasured Shawangunk Mountains. By inspiring people to care for, enjoy and explore their natural world, the Preserve’s social impact is seen in peoples’ connection to nature and what they are inspired to do as a result of those experiences to make our world a better place.
Now more than ever, we need people who are ready, willing and able to actively safeguard and support conservation of our natural lands. With your help, we bring people of all ages closer to the nature in their lives, and through their experiences on the land, help them to foster a deep and unbreakable bond with and respect for how nature works to sustain all life on our planet.
You are helping us to train the next generation of conservationists with our college internships, teen Junior Rangers and Youth Nature Ambassadors programs, elementary school field studies, and our Young Explorers summer day camps. Your support also allows us to engage citizen scientists in our nature observation and Climate Tracker programs. And you are helping us to save key conservation lands for people, plants and animals through our land protection and stewardship programs.
In this time of national and local concern about protecting our natural resources and safeguarding the health of our communities, the Preserve is stepping up our efforts with your generous support. A recent national study found that less than 13% of the population hikes, but thanks to members and supporters like you, we’ve helped 20,000 of our neighbors get into healthy outdoor activities through our free Healthy Ulster pass program.
Even our lands are hard at work year round. Did you know that our 8,000 acres of protected forests save 9,100 metric tons of carbon each year from being released into the atmosphere, and provide clean drinking water naturally filtered by our groundwater aquifer?
Thanks to your integral support of the Preserve, the land, and these programs, the Preserve works year-round to have a positive social impact on our community, region and beyond. You are the folks who make it all possible and we’re proud to partner with you in this important work as we continue in our 54th year of saving the land for life.
Jim Hoover, Board Chair
Glenn Hoagland, President