WALLKILL VALLEY LAND TRUST INC

Protecting Nature For Life

aka Wallkill Valley Land Trust   |   New Paltz, NY   |  www.WallkillValleyLT.org

Mission

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in Ulster County by conserving lands of scenic, agricultural, ecological, recreational, and cultural significance.

Ruling year info

1988

Executive Director

Christie DeBoer

Main address

PO Box 208

New Paltz, NY 12561 USA

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Formerly known as

Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association

EIN

22-2867070

NTEE code info

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Farmland Preservation (K25)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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

Farmland Preservation

Helping farmers protect their land, open space, soils and views through conservation easements.

Population(s) Served
Farmers

Work to preserve private lands of that would protect water quality, significant habitat, and scenic views

Population(s) Served
Adults

Provides public access to the 22.2 mile Wallkill Valley Rail Trail that serves thousands of people during the year. WVLT also provides a series of nature hikes ("Walks &Talks") on several subjects including geology, turtles, trees, spring amphibians and ephemerals.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

Accredited Land Trust 2016

Affiliations & memberships

Accredited Land Trust 2016

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

We partner with other local organizations to:
- Support healthy communities by providing open space for recreation, corridors for biodiversity, and protection of natural resources such as clean drinking water, healthy soil, and clean air.
- Permanently protect the land from future development for the benefit of present and future generations.
- Create connections with the land by helping people discover new ways that land is meaningful to them.
- Preserve a way of life by protecting the valuable assets that make our region a great place to live, work and visit.
WVLT works with landowners to secure conservation easements in order to permanently protect their land from future development.

- Partner with municipalities, local businesses and community organizations.
- Emphasize problem-solving and creative collaborations.
- Education the community and visitors in Ulster County on open spaces, rail trails and farms.

The Wallkill Valley Land Trust, since 1987 has championed relationship building, listening and understanding our various community needs. The Board of Directors have been and remain very active in furthering our mission and stewarding our protected lands (owned and under conservation easement). The Land Trust's small staff works with volunteers, interns and other groups to effectively manage the nearly 3,000 acres of open space, rail trails and farms we conserve.

The Wallkill Valley Land Trust has streamlined the internal operations by upgrading our communications and database programing (thanks to grant support). We absorbed another nonprofit in December of 2018, the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association. The educational programing remains a focus for the Land Trust, especially while managing the impacts of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Residents and visitors of Ulster County, NY

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Overhauled our messaging platforms and branding to improve communications.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Engagement with the people we serve has increased.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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WALLKILL VALLEY LAND TRUST INC

Board of directors
as of 2/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Beth Bengtson

Working for Women, LLC

Term: 2018 -


Board co-chair

Rob Hare

Maker of Things (woodworking)

Term: 2018 -

Hensley Evans

Rob Hare

Sally Cross

Donna Brooks

Bill Hueston

Vals Osborne

Jose Moreno-Lacalle

David Sterman

Arthur Zaczkiewicz

Perry Goldschein

Marty Irwin

Seth Hollander

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? Not applicable