Mohonk Preserve, Inc.

Saving the land for life

New Paltz, NY   |  www.mohonkpreserve.org

Mission

Mohonk Preserve's mission is to protect the Shawangunk Mountains region and inspire people to care for, enjoy, and explore their natural world. With more than 16,000 member households and 250,000 annual visitors, the Preserve provides access to the land while protecting it. In so doing, the organization safeguards for current and future generations natural environments that are increasingly important in a rapidly growing and developing region.

Ruling year info

1980

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Kevin Case

Main address

PO Box 715

New Paltz, NY 12561 USA

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Formerly known as

The Mohonk Trust

EIN

14-1609484

NTEE code info

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 2018, Mohonk Preserve is embarking on creation of its first new trailhead in 30 years. The Testimonial Gateway Trailhead will provide access to over 830 acres of the Mohonk Preserve Foothills, which the organization purchased in 2014. The Preserve will also be hosting part of the new River-to-Ridge Trail in partnership with the Open Space Institute. This free trail will connect the Mohonk Preserve Foothills directly to the Town of New Paltz and the larger Empire State Trail.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Environmental Education

Mohonk Preserve education programs stimulate understanding and excitement about nature. We serve over 11,500 children and adults each year through our award-winning, innovative outdoor education programs for students, campers, and the public.

Population(s) Served

Land stewardship balances the protection of land, wildlife, and natural resources with opportunities for world-class outdoor recreation. Year-round, rangers and other staff maintain a network of more than 75 miles of trails and historic carriage roads and infrastructure such as bridges, a green-design Visitor Center, interpretive signs, and information kiosks. They patrol the land and provide the services necessary for a positive visitor experience.

Population(s) Served

Scientific research at the “living laboratory” of the Preserve’s lands. Our Daniel Smiley Research Center uses more than a century of continual records on natural history, biological resources, and weather to study, document, and explain long-term environmental change in the Shawangunks and broader region. We work with researchers from across the nation focusing on climate change, wildlife management, bird migration, water quality, and other critical issues.

Population(s) Served

Land protection is based on collaboration with the 250 neighbors that live along the Preserve’s borders. We work with landowners to find financially beneficial ways to protect their properties forever, including conservation easements and the donation and sale of land for conservation purposes. We offer technical assistance to neighboring communities developing open space plans and work with conservation partners to ensure the region’s environmental quality.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Land Trust Alliance 2013

Awards

Best hikes in the Hudson Valley 2003

Hudson Valley Magazine

Leadership Award (for Director of Education) 2008

New York State Outdoor Educators Association

Regional Quality of Life Award 2001

Mid-Hudson Pattern for Progress

Excellence in Sustainable Design 2004

Environmental Guild of the AIA, New Hampshire

Accreditation 2013

Land Trust Accreditation Commission

Conservation Education Program 2001

New York State Conservation Council

Accessibility Award 1996

Association of Independent Living Centers of New York State

Pride of Ulster County 2002

Ulster County Legislature

Best New Adventure Race - Rock The Ridge 2013

Hudson Valley Magazine

Ulster County Tourism Business of the Year 2014

Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce

Affiliations & memberships

Land Trust Alliance 1993

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Environmental Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Mohonk Preserve's educational programs serve approximately 12,000 children and adults each year. The Preserve offers programming for people of all ages and abilities, from toddlers to seniors.

Number of acres of land protected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Land Protection

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Beginning with the 487-acre Trapps parcel in 1966, and continuing through to the 537-acre Mohonk Preserve Foothills, the Preserve has over 8,000 acres of ecologically and culturally important lands.

Number of grants and research funding awarded to the institution

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Mohonk Preserve receives grant funding from a variety of sources for land protection and stewardship, education and conservation science. In 2018, the Preserve received $615,000 in grant funding.

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Environmental Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Each year, Mohonk Preserve presents hundreds of public programs serving children, adults and families. These programs include guided nature hikes, education programs, and environmental presentations.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The mission of Mohonk Preserve is to protect the Shawangunk Mountains region and inspire people to care for, enjoy, and explore their natural world. The Preserve has over 16,000 members from across the country and around the world, and welcomes over 250,000 visitors each year. The organization serves over 14,000 children and adults annually through its environmental education and public programs.

The Mohonk Preserve Strategic Plan - Vision 2020 and Beyond - was developed through a very participatory, stakeholder-centric process. It addresses the challenge of the Preserve's rapid evolution in recent years and the growing demands and expectations from new constituencies, audiences, and interests. The Plan focuses on four strategic principles: "Foster Conservation," "Deepen Connections;" "Be Inclusive," and "Nurture Resilience."

The goals of "Foster Conservation" are to advance land protection, science-based land management, environmental monitoring and research, and place-based education and interpretation to foster a strong conservation ethic and ensure our natural lands help mitigate the impacts of climate change.

The goals of "Deepen Connections" are to deepen people's connection to the Preserve and emphasize the importance of conservation through a wide variety of recreational, educational and cultural experiences in nature for our members, visitors and the broader community.

The goals of "Be Inclusive" are to pursue cultural competency and inform our decisions, policies and programs with the values of diversity, equity and inclusion, dismantle barriers to becoming and organization more representative of our changing community, and nurture a welcoming environment for all people.

The goals of "Nurture Resilience" are to invest in our organization to become a more supportive and resilient workplace, balance resources and opportunities, and align capacity so that one of our most valued assets - our excellent staff - can success and thrive.

Over the next few years, Mohonk Preserve will focus our efforts on two key priority initiatives, which embody the Preserve's strategic principles.

Mohonk Preserve will be deeply engaged in creating our first new trailheads in 25 years on the site of the largest acquisition in our history - the 836-acre Mohonk Preserve Foothills. This multi-faceted project will engage and impact every program and department at the Preserve as we create infrastructure, establish programs and provide recreational opportunities in the Foothills.

In 2018, the Preserve launched a Constituent Data and Commerce Integration Initiative to determine our needs for organization-wide automation and integration of constituent data and commerce systems, prioritize those needs, and determine an implementation process and budget. We are currently engaged in the assessment assessment phase of this multi-year effort to improve customer service and staff capacity.

The Preserve has established strategies and tactics for achieving the goals articulated in its three strategic themes. For "Visit...Mindfully," the Preserve will conduct research to study the effects of visitation on resources and assets; build educational opportunities that encourage more immersive and responsible experiences in nature; use technology that enables a customized experience for visitors; build on the popular momentum in the community for regional connectivity; and engage staff, members, and volunteers to interact with visitors and sensitize people about what is required to preserve the land. Some example of current initiatives are planning for a new and distinct experience on the land and new entry point to the Preserve in the Mohonk Preserve Foothills; restoration of the Trapps Bridge to facilitate fuller access to the Trapps and Millbrook areas; opening the first section of the Giant's Ledges Pocket Park for multi-use; and planning for a location-based mobile app.

For "A Mountain of Choices," the Preserve will engage more people of all ages and abilities to participate in conservation and stewardship; increase the scope and reach of organizational communications; facilitate transportation to the Preserve from the surrounding community; reduce socio-economic and physical/mental barriers; and provide education and involvement opportunities from children's camps and teen programs to interns and adult volunteers. Some examples of current initiatives are expansion of inclusive educational programming through pilot programs for Young Explorers camp, Junior Rangers teen program, and underserved youth with the San Miguel Academy of Newburgh; actively and more deeply engaging the public through a free, participatory citizen naturalist volunteer program; expanded Visitor Center hours and use facilities including an accessible sensory trail; more inclusive programming, services, and outreach; and establishment of an Inclusion and Diversity Task Force.

For "Share Our Vision," the Preserve will focus communications strategy on better defining the Preserve; convey authentically and convincingly the community importance and benefits of our work; provide educational programs and advisory services to diverse public constituencies and other natural area management organizations; and more actively interact, collaborate, and partner with community, civic, governmental, educational, economic, social and cultural organizations in the region. Some examples of current initiatives are peer focus group meetings to assess conservation advisory service needs and advise on a sustainable plan for shared mentoring or training; charter participation in the new Greater New Paltz Area Anchor Institutions to promote the community benefits of collaborative strategies; collaboration with SUNY New Paltz students and faculty on research; and use of a Media Advisory Task Group to help foster wider understanding of the Preserve's community benefits.

Since its beginnings as a volunteer-led organization in 1963, Mohonk Preserve has expanded to become a leading regional organization with a $4 million budget, 40 year-round professional staff, and 30 additional seasonal employees. In 2017 and 2018, the Preserve expanded staff in Land Stewardship, Visitor Services, Land Protection, and Development to support initiatives related to the organization's Strategic Plan.

In 2018, the Preserve embarked on a $6.8 million campaign "Your Gateway to Nature - Campaign for the Mohonk Preserve Foothills," to establish the Testimonial Gateway Trailhead, provide access to marshland and grassland habitats for research, education and wildlife protection, preserve and iconic scenic and cultural landscape, and complete the acquisition of the 836-acre Foothills.

The Preserve's active, participatory Board includes individuals with a broad range of expertise in law, finance, education, and business.

The Preserve's Strategic Plan - Vision 2020 and Beyond was adopted by the Board in December 2018. New initiatives under development will focus on deepening connections, encouraging inclusion, fostering conservation, and enhancing capacity to fulfill our mission.

Financials

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Mohonk Preserve, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 6/1/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Russell Clune

Outdoor Equipment Industry Executive

Term: 2018 -

Russell Clune

Outdoor equipment industry executive

Norman Goluskin

Retired advertising executive

Eric Gullickson

President of hotel corporation

Ronald Knapp

Retired college professor

A. Floyd Lattin

Investment manager

Carol Rietsma

Retired college professor

Sara Senior

Civic leader

Nina Smiley

Hotel executive

Laurel Sweeney

Real estate professional

Donald Christian

University president

Michael Embler

Business executive

Kathleen Weathers

Environmental scientist

Jonathan Chenette

University educator

Gary Finger

Financial services executive

Lynn McGrew

Healthcare executive

Patrick Paul

Nonprofit CEO

Raymond Schrag

Trust & estates attorney

Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.

Media executive

George Gatch

Financial services executive

Karen Halliday

Financial services executive

Barbara Ginsberg

Retired attorney

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes