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…Read More
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…Read More
Last year, the Greenbelt Conservancy unveiled new trail-side interpretive signs that explain the flora and fauna of our natural areas park. “Way finding” signs are also new throughout the trail system; they will better help hikers navigate the Greenbelt’s extensive trails system.Read More
Inspired by ecologists, Rebecca and Ryan Means, Eben Pindychk of the “New Yorker” magazine, set out to find the remotest region in New York City. Guess what he discovered? The ecologists run “Project Remote,” an endeavor to locate and visit the point farthest from a road in all fifty states. Click the heading to read the full article.Read More
There are six major Greenbelt trails that offer diverse hiking experiences for people of all abilities. Four woodland trails, on which bicycles and motorized vehicles are prohibited, are identified by the color of their blaze marks.
Each trail crosses different terrain and offers a unique experience. In drier zones, red and black oaks, tulip, beech and hickory trees are common. Moister soils support red maples, white swamp oak and willow trees. Because of Staten Island’s temperate climate, some traditionally “southern” species – such as persimmon and sweet gum – thrive along the trails.Read More