Since 1996, The Nature Conservancy has managed Sam’s Point Preserve. Effective April 1, 2015, Sam’s Point Preserve will become part of Minnewaska State Park Preserve and be managed by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and The Palisades Interstate Park Commission.
The Nature Conservancy is grateful to its partners for their dedication to the protection of this extraordinary landscape. Working with the community and the Shawangunk Ridge Biodiversity Partnership over the past two decades, The Nature Conservancy led the:
- Development of a Master Plan for the ecological protection and recreational use of the property
- Opening of the preserve’s award-winning, LEED certified Meg Stewart Conservation Center
- Restoration of the carriage roads and trailheads completed in 2012 with funding from the Environmental Protection Fund
The success of this decades-long project is due to a unique partnership between the Open Space Institute, The Nature Conservancy and OPRHP that has provided for land protection, stewardship and recreational access in the Shawangunks. The transfer of the preserve’s management to NYS Parks adds a new chapter to the conservation history of this remarkable resource of the Shawangunks and for New York State residents and visitors.