On Sunday, May 22 FOS members gathered to celebrate the purchase of the Shawangunk Conglomerate parcel and its conveyance to the Mohonk Preserve (see accompanying article on the parcel purchase). FOS wanted to say “Thanks” to our members who helped make it happen.

Mohonk Preserve provided the Slingerland Pavilion at Spring Farm for the location.

It was a little early in the day for libation, so we did it with coffee, bagels and other treats.

Our guest speakers included David Clark, representing the Conglomerate group, the sellers of the parcel, Julia Solomon, Director of Conservation Programs, and Ed Pestone, Land Protection and GIS Manager, both of the Mohonk Preserve. Julia an Ed spoke about the importance of the land purchase, as well as the tremendous value of land protection in general ON THE Shawangunk Ridge.

Last but certainly not least was Bob Anderberg, Vice President and General Counsel of the Open Space Institute. Bob spoke passionately not only about Shawangunk land preservation, but also about all the recent accomplishments by OSI in protecting huge tracts on and around the Shawangunk Ridge as well as other important efforts like the rail trails surrounding the ridge and beyond.

Afterward, a hike was led around the Spring Farm trailheads by FOS member and Naturalist Michael Rider. Mike took us on a tour pointing out the wildflowers currently in bloom along the trails at the Mohonk Preserve.

Overall, it was a stimulating and fun day!

Once again, our thanks go out to the FOS membership for helping to make this land purchase possible!

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