By the Numbers: New Paltz's Mohonk Preserve Turns 50 in 2013
Preserving nature: Mohonk Preserve celebrates its 50th anniversary
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Mohonk Preserve, located on the Shawangunk Ridge in New Paltz. Founded by the Smiley family in 1963, this nonprofit organization strives to protect the natural beauty of our region, ensuring that hikers, bikers, climbers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy it for years to come.
To mark this landmark anniversary, photographer G. Steve Jordan — who specializes in landscape photography of the ’Gunks — has created this commemorative poster, which is available for $10 at the site’s visitors center and at Jordan’s New Paltz gallery. All proceeds benefit the preserve.
Cost of the property when brothers Albert and Alfred Smiley bought it in 1869
Years that the preserve has been a designated National Historic Landmark
Average number of visitors each year
Average number of annual volunteers
Acres of protected land
Miles of carriage roads, hiking and biking trails on the property
Plant and animal species in the preserve
The cost of a one-day hiking pass. Climbing passes cost $17
Number of local college students and faculty who use the area as an outdoor classroom
Days a year that the preserve is open to visitors