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

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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

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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


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