Like many towns in the Hudson Valley, Gardiner is known for its stunning vistas and scenic environment. With more and more people moving into Ulster County, Gardiner residents are growing increasingly concerned that overdevelopment will destroy the rural character of their home, as well as the species native to it. And according to a recent survey, almost half of them believe their government isn’t doing enough to protect against that possibility.
A Community Preservation Survey released in May found that 47 percent of Gardiner residents do not think the town is doing enough to preserve its natural and cultural resources. Respondents were primarily concerned with overdevelopment, followed closely by loss of rural character and loss of open space. Over 75 percent of the 570 respondents said preservation of meadows, forests, wildlife habitats and the Shawangunk Ridge was their top priority, which might not be surprising considering the Nature Conservancy named it “one of the last great places on Earth” for conservation.