Rail trails, trestle bridges and the Pine Hole Bog

Chris Rowley
Shawangunk Journal

SHAWANGUNK – The new Executive Director of the Wallkill Valley Land Trust, Christine Ferguson, is an unusual bird of passage. That is, she's from Florida, and has bucked the trend by coming north.


While she was zookeeping, she also collected two master's degrees at Bard College — in Teaching and in Science and Environmental Policy. Then, Ferguson worked for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, which has been around since 1920. It organizes and collaborates with state park agencies to take care of trails, such as the Appalachian Trail and the Long Path. "Working there really prepared me for this region, as well as the issues surrounding trails. And I came from there to this job and the office in New Paltz."