The Awosting Reserve is located on 2,500+ privately owned acres
within the towns of Gardiner, Shawangunk and Wawarsing in Ulster
County, New York. The property is on the south side of the Shawangunk
Ridge and includes valley land surrounding Tillson Lake. The Awosting
Reserve will be sensitively designed to become a conservation community
focused on environmental education, outdoor recreation and conservation.
The plan was created under the direction of the Trustees of The
Awosting Reserve Association, founded in 1958. The community will
include sites for Adirondack style cabins, cottages and retreats,
to be built by the individual property owners. Strict covenants,
conditions and deed restrictions will be placed on each site to
carefully control architectural design, clearing, home building
and landscaping. Homes will be sited on land least sensitive to
disturbance and most community facilities will be located on land
that has previously been cleared.
the current plan, a majority of The Awosting Reserve lands will
be voluntarily placed under a conservation easement. This land,
including the golf course, will be used for low impact recreation
and education. The non-profit Awosting Trust will oversee and manage
the open space network, a nature center and environmental education
programs for residents and local school groups. The Trust will be
permanently funded by a real estate transfer assessment on the sale
and resale of home sites, cabins, cottages and retreats. The mission
of The Awosting Trust will be to maintain conservation lands and
greenspace in its natural condition, protect biodiversity at the
The Awosting Reserve and assist in overseeing restrictive covenants.
Awosting Center will be the social gathering place of the community.
The Center's facilities will include the nature center, a sports
garden with racquet courts, a fitness center and swimming pool and
a rustic style mountain lodge for community dining. The Awosting
Reserve will offer miles of trails, footpaths and carriage roads
for hiking, biking, cross country skiing and just plain enjoyment
of nature and the unique, indigenous ecosystem. A championship golf
course environmentally designed by internationally acclaimed architect
Rees Jones will be located primarily on the valley lands. Much of
the golf course as well as the club house will be built on and near
the original site of the Tillson Lake golf course active in the
early 1900's. Lands supporting the golf links will be protected
as open space by a conservation easement.
developer and residents of The Awosting Reserve will be good citizens
and long-term contributors to the local community, providing nature-based
education through the Awosting Trust and other community initiatives.
Furthermore, it is hoped that the planning for The Awosting Reserve
will serve as a model approach to planning and design in the region.