by Sharyn Flanagan
New Paltz Times
When Elizabeth Long first came to the New Paltz region, it was for the Shawangunks. “My husband and I first came here in 2007 on a climbing trip and just loved it,” she says. “We said to each other then, ‘Wouldn’t this be a great place to live? But there’s no chance we’d ever get jobs here.'”
Fast forward to last October, when Long became the new director of conservation science at Mohonk Preserve. Her husband, Zach Smith, also a biologist, works independently on birding matters and raptor conservation with a few different organizations in the region. Most of the Preserve staff work out of offices at the Visitor’s Center in Gardiner, but Long’s office is inside the Daniel Smiley Research Center, located up at Mohonk Mountain House in what was once Daniel Smiley’s home. Read More...