I have lived in this area for 20 years and have first hand knowledge of how things roll around here. The Mohonk Preserve is expensive and overused. They are a Not for Profit land trust that is straying from their mission. Climbing accidents are at an all time high. For very little pay the Rangers have to risk their lives on a regular basis performing rescues and body recoveries. Wildlife is being terrorized by tourism. Landscapes are getting trampled. Science conservation and education has recently taken the forefront because the park wasn't doing enough and the surrounding towns were about to start making them pay taxes. They are a Not for Profit Real Estate Monopoly riddled with inside land deals, land grabs, and lawsuits. One particular land owner has had 22+ years of continuous lawsuits (ten in all) with the same players. Collusion between Mohonk and their partners is evident. See www.mohonk.info for more. The photos attached show people parking on local roads and trespassing, as well as, parking lots left unattended and negligent. The Preserve is more concerned with attracting more visitors than they are with protecting and conserving land. Eco-tourism is NOT tax exempt so why aren't they paying.
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Review from Guidestar
I have been a loyal and enthusiastic donor to the Mohonk Preserve since 1972. It has provided a place of respite from my busy workaday life and served as a spectacular destination for my out of town guests. Over the years, my appreciation for the value of the Preserve has only increased. I especially admire their conservation and education programs. If we don't teach our children and grandchildren to value and protect the natural environment, it won't matter what we do ourselves. The Nature Conservancy honored the Shawangunk Ridge by tagging it as one of the "Last Great Places." It truly is a special place and deserves all of our effort to protect it for future generations. I plan to do my part.
We are Ulster County residents and neighbors of the Mohonk Preserve. We donated property to the Preserve precisely because we have such faith in its stewardship of the acreage it owns and our satisfaction over many years with its conservation ethic. This opinion was formed in over 50+ years of climbing, hiking and nature appreciation at the Preserve.
We are Clove Road owners and residents because the Preserve exists. Without its protection of nearly 8000 acres, development and commercial ventures would have long since destroyed our interest in being here.
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I have been an ardent member of the Mohonk Preserve since the fall of 1972. During these years, I have hiked, skied, bicycled, rock climbed, and currently volunteer weekly on one of their trail crews. I and my family look forward to many more years of enjoying the wonders of the Shawangunk Ridge now protected by the Mohonk Preserve and it's members, donors, volunteers and staff. The Mohonk Preserve's efforts to educate, protect and preserve insure that we will be able to continue enjoying this significant environmental resource for generations to come.
I have lived in the Hudson Valley since 1973. My relationship with the Preserve has involved the following: i hike and snow shoe on Preserve property, my children have been positively impacted through Preserve education programs in the New Paltz school district, my business was the first Business Member supporter of organization . I am a local resident and proud Donor
Review from Guidestar
I am a donor whose livelihood is dependent on the Mohonk Preserve. That said, I have spent a tremendous amount of time on the Preserve since the early 1980s and have been impressed with their stewardship of the land as well as the recreational opportunities they offer. I am grateful for their outreach to the residents of surrounding communities and to schools in our region promoting and teaching the ideals that, If embraced, would lead to a better world. A world of beauty, adventure, friendship, community, and shared responsibility.
I'm a land owner that borders Mohonk Preserve. Negative issues that lead many to believe donating to this organization needs a thorough investigation of all law suits, lack of transparency and presented facts by Mohonk Preserve.
.Tax issues with the town of New Paltz.
.High entrance fee per person
.Answers are vague about plans around the townships they have land in
.Over reaching onto private property
.Posting on private property on a regular basis on lands that are not theirs
.Law suits with private land owners on a continual basis
.Bait and switch with OSI and other large land groups
.Inconsistency from leadership (saying one thing and then another)
.Unhappiness with paid staff who feel unable to talk about jobs for fear of loosing positions.
.No Guidestar reporting for years
Please do your homework before donating to this organization. They look VERY good on the outside with incredible adulations, money in the form of grants and donations from people like you and me. The inside is riddled with issues from leadership to rubber stamp board, growing bigger everyday.
Well meant and caring local 501(c)3 seems to have gone astray and turned into a “who cares, I see land and I want it” corporation”!
Review from Guidestar
I have been bringing my fourth grade class to Mohonk for education programs for about 12 years. The programs enhance my curriculum in numerous ways, including supporting my students in learning to compare and contrast, to engage in scientific observation and to create hypotheses and test them to reach conclusions. In addition, we attend several hikes throughout the year, and many of my students are visiting the preserve for the first time. My culminating activity for every year is a guided rock scramble that is often a transformative experience for my students!