Like many towns in the Hudson Valley, Gardiner is known for its stunning vistas and picturesque surroundings. With more and more people settling in Ulster County, residents of Gardiner are increasingly concerned that overdevelopment will destroy the rural character of their home, along with the species native to it. And according to a recent poll, almost half of them think their government is not doing enough to protect against this possibility.
A community preservation survey released in May found that 47 percent of Gardiner residents believe the city is not doing enough to preserve its natural and cultural resources. Respondents were primarily concerned about overdevelopment, followed closely by loss of rural character and loss of open spaces. More than 75% of the 570 respondents said preserving the grasslands, forests, wildlife habitats and Shawangunk Ridge was their top priority, which is perhaps unsurprising given that Nature Conservancy has it. named “one of the last great places on Earth” for conservation.