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Cragsmoor is situated in the middle of the Shawangunk Ridge, which is designated by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation as a Significant Biodiversity Area. Everything in the natural world is connected, and the connections between different layers of the ecosystem define our environment. Understanding how ecosystems work is especially important in places like Cragsmoor that occupy the very boundary of development and conservation.


Cragsmoor Association is charged with protecting Bear Hill and all that we love about where we live. Our expenditures will always track with our mission, and your input is critical to those decisions.

Our community has repeatedly banded together effectively to resist the worst effects of development projects and proposals. Your support resulted in the reduced footprint of the Dharmakaya project, and imposition of a buffer zone around its entirety that will be protected forever by a conservation easement. These things would not have happened without our vigilance and intervention.

Our management plan continues to benefit the Cragsmoor community and visitors alike. The short hike to Bear Hill is rewarded with beautiful vistas and a preserve that’s cleaner than ever before. Our friendly gate presence is supplemented by trail maintenance that keeps things clean and safe.

Along with access to Bear Hill, membership in the Cragsmoor Association comes with voting rights and gives you a voice in our community. Thank you for helping keep our very special hamlet protected from harmful development.

Cragsmoor Association membership is open to Cragsmoor residents only.

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