The Awosting Reserve plan calls for the creation of The
Awosting Trust, a non-profit organization empowered to maintain
Awosting land in its natural condition, protect ecosystems and biodiversity
at The Reserve and assist in overseeing protective land covenants.
The Trust will also design and manage educational programs about
the natural treasures of The Awosting Reserve and the Shawangunk
at the Reserve
Awosting Trust will be funded by a real estate transfer assessment
on the sale and resale of homesites, retreats, cottages and cabins.
The Trust will manage the open space network, The Awosting Reserve
Nature Center and the nature education programs. The Awosting Trust
will be incorporated to hold title to a majority of the acres for
conservation and recreation open space on The Awosting Reserve.
These will include ecologically significant lands such as waterfalls,
wetlands, streams, and promontories, and will be held in trust as
community common lands for the benefit of all. In addition, The
Trust will require individually owned homesites to employ generous
setbacks and protective buffers to screen natural features and trail
systems from lands set aside for cabins, cottages and recreational
Trust will be an active partner with resident families on The Reserve
as well as local and regional conservation organizations in the
greater Hudson River Valley. It will advise on construction to minimize
impacts on the general environment and The Reserve's flora and fauna.
The Trust will protect watercourses, monitor setbacks and buffers,
maintain trail systems of The Awosting Reserve, develop interpretive
materials and conservation programs for visitors and residents,
and conduct regular inventories to audit the health and condition
of natural communities and sensitive habitat on The Reserve.
Awosting Trust will offer its facilities as a center for programs
on the heritage of the Hudson Valley region and the art and science
of conservation. The Trust also will serve both residents and the
greater community by inviting artists, writers, scientists, explorers
and educators to The Reserve to share their creations, observations