Advocacy

Friends of the Shawangunks acts to support, conserve and protect the open spaces of the Shawangunk Mountains. 

In pursuit of its mission, representatives of Friends  

  • appear at public hearings to challenge various proposals and permits affecting development along the Shawangunk ridge,
  • conduct public outreach campaigns to inform and educate the public about threats to the Shawangunks, and
  • take legal action, when necessary, to stop development in environmentally sensitive lands of the Shawangunks.

We write letters, post signs, and speak out at administrative hearings, all in protest of any encroaching development that would have a negative impact on the unique environment and beauty that is the Gunks.  We publish the Shawangunk Watch, a newsletter aimed at exploring the natural resources of the Shawangunks and highlighting the imminent threats to its natural integrity and unmatched scenic character.  We continue to push for rigorous land use controls designed to preserve the unique character of the Shawangunks.

Gardiner Development Issues.

FOS has been hard at work in the Town of Gardiner! As development and encroachment on the Ridge has increased dramatically over the last few years, FOS has partnered with the Town of Gardiner Environmental Conservation Commission to hold in check the Gardiner Town Board and Planning Board to be sure they are enforcing the town codes regarding SP2 and SP3 development restrictions. These and other issues regarding what is going on in Gardiner are addressed  in articles that appears in the current issue of our newsletter,  Fall/Winter, 2022 SW_Fall-Winter22_FINAL-copy.pdf and in Spring 2022 SW_Spring22_FINAL1-copy.pdf and in Fall, 2021 SW_Fall-Winter21_354.pdf  

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Dragon Springs

FOS partnered with the Deerpark Rural Alliance in the Southern Shawangunks as the DRA battled with the Deerpark Planning Board regarding the growing development known as Dragon Springs. FOS participated in a number of ways in combatting what is clearly a severe environmental threat to the Shawangunk Ridge. This issue is discussed in depth in our newsletter, The Shawangunk Watch –  August, 2017,  Summer,2018, Spring and Summer issues, 2019. The Shawangunk Watch is archived on this website. Shawangunk-Watch-August-2017.pdf  Shawangunk_Watch_Summer_2018_compressed.pdf Shawangunk-Watch-Spring-2019.pdf Shawangunk_Watch_Summer_2019.pdf

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