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Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Sullivan Renaissance team up

May 14, 2009

MONTICELLO – Would you like to protect the beauty of Sullivan County?  Do you have some time to volunteer?  The Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Sullivan Renaissance are teaming up to protect the scenic vistas, working landscapes, water quality and wildlife habitat that make Sullivan County a great place to live.  Both organizations are enhancing the quality of life in the area through beautification, community development and protection of natural resources. 

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is a land trust that works with landowners to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the Upper Delaware River region.

To meet the growing demands associated with ongoing conservation, the Conservancy engages committed volunteers who share the organization's goals.  These are people who are interested in actively contributing to the protection of the clean waters, forestlands, farmlands, biodiversity, scenic beauty, and outdoor recreational opportunities that afford the excellent quality of life in the Upper Delaware River Watershed.  

"Anyone interested in protecting the excellent quality of life we enjoy in this region is invited to join the Conservancy at one of our upcoming events to learn about our work and how to become a Conservancy volunteer," said Executive Director Sue Currier.

The Conservancy is hosting a series of events in May and June:

Stewards of the Land:  Contributing to Conservation Open House May 30 at 10:00 a.m. at the Perry Pond Brook property in Lava, NY.  Enjoy a delicious brunch of local foods and learn about conservation easements and the many interesting volunteer opportunities.  Join professional forester Josh Flad for a pleasant and educational nature walk on the property.  Meet and mingle with other members, landowners, current and potential volunteers interested in supporting the Conservancy’s mission.

Become An Easement Monitor June 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Delaware Highlands Conservancy office in Hawley, Pennsylvania and June 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the CVI Building in Ferndale, NY.  Get trained to become an easement monitor.  Volunteers will be instructed in specific monitoring procedures and responsibilities including GPS use and photography as a means of monitoring land, and guidelines on how to interact with landowners.

The success of the Conservancy is largely due to the commitment of the volunteers.  From administrative support in the Hawley and Monticello offices to assistance at specific events and monitoring over 55 easements, volunteers are integral to all facets of the Conservancy’s work.

To participate in one or all of the events and to learn about becoming a Conservancy volunteer, call 570-226-3164 or email

These events are made possible with support from a Sullivan Renaissance Environmental Demonstration grant.  Sullivan Renaissance is a grassroots beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  The Environmental Demonstration Grant Program is made possible with support from the Sullivan County Legislature and Empire Resorts.  To learn more about Sullivan Renaissance contact 845-295-2445 or