marcyIt is with great sorrow we must tell you that Marcy Appell passed away on Sunday, April 5th. Our dear friend and long-time Board member Marcy Appell will be missed by everyone at Winnakee Land Trust. Marcy was a founding Board member of Winnakee in 1989 and was part of every aspect of Winnakee’s work, protecting land, promoting smart growth, planning beautiful events, and bringing warmth and generosity to everything she did.

Marcy’s knowledge, honesty, sense of humor, reliability, and common sense helped us stay on track in so many respects. There are too many places and circumstances in which her absence is unimaginable.    She will be so deeply missed. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to her husband and inseparable companion Ken and to her children and grandchild.


  • Big Night Amphibian Crossing:  In the spring join Winnakee and New York State’s DEC to help frogs and salamanders get across wet roads to their woodland pools and to gather data about making these crossing safer for our amphibian friends.
  • The second Dutchess County Trails Conference will be held at Marist College’s Cornell Boathouse on October 10, 2015!
  • Burger Hill: The half-mile trail rises to a 550-foot hilltop that boasts panoramic vistas of the Hudson River Valley including the Shawangunk Ridge, Catskill and Taconic mountains, Stissing Mountain and the Berkshires. Visit this popular picnicking, hiking and sledding spot year-round and enjoy the views from the top of the Hill!
  • Arboretum: The Winnakee Educational Arboretum was established to educate visitors about trees in a Hudson Valley forest, to inform visitors about the historic role this particular forest played in President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s environmental education; and to bring people into this woodland to closely examine and appreciate its diversity and beauty. The tour is approximately 1.1 miles long, with rolling hills and sections of moderately steep and rocky terrain.  Visit the Arboretum and learn while you walk!

Open Field Society

We invite you to become a founding member of Winnakee Land Trust’s Open Field Society.  The Open Field Society launched in January 2014 to mark Winnakee’s 25th Anniversary and to bring together Winnakee’s strongest, most loyal supporters. The Open… Read More

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