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Greenbelt Journal

How to buy ‘bird-worthy’ binoculars

image of bird watchers with binoculars

By WAYNE MONES The Greenbelt Conservancy If you are going afield to watch birds you will need binoculars. Good ones. But which binoculars? Here’s help. Bird-worthy binoculars must deliver a bright, clear image. In addition to having great light-gathering ability they must have a wide field of view.  They must have high resolution and transmit…

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Hiking boot camp: How to choose shoes suitable for the trail

image of a hiker resting on a hammock.

By Dr. HOWARD FOX The Greenbelt Conservancy Whether you’re a thru-hiker on the Appalachian Trail or out for a 20-minute walk through the Staten Island Greenbelt, few things can make your experience rewarding or painful than the happiness of your feet.  What you are wearing on them, how well they fit, and how well they…

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How High Rock Park was saved and the Greenbelt got its name

By BRADFORD GREENE The alarming rumor that Camp High Rock was about to be sold to a land developer by the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York began my involvement in July, 1964 with Gretta Moulton, a Scout leader and Staten Island resident. She was determined to save the camp from destruction and she…

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High Rock Park and the Greenbelt: In the beginning there was Gretta Moulton

photo of Gretta Moulton

Raised from steel and stone and selfless dedication, Gretta Moulton gate atop Staten Island’s Nevada Avenue marks the entrance to High Rock Park, cornerstone of the Greenbelt. The double-sided gate, anchored by stone pillars on either side, was dedicated to Mrs. Moulton in 1994, some 30 years after she rallied citizens and politicians to save…

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Welcome to the Year of the Greenbelt!

Man standing near a small lake in the high rock park section of the Staten Island Greenhbelt.

By MICHAEL W. DOMINOWSKI The calendar has opened a new year; the season has changed – and so has the Greenbelt Conservancy! During the coming months of 2019 we will be celebrating some notable anniversaries of events that made the Greenbelt the largest all-urban parkland in America. The Greenbelt was designated as parkland 35 years…

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