Environmental Board

Balancing Natural Growth and Natural Resource Protection

Our Mission

We’re here to help Esopus residents and businesses save energy, recycle, compost, manage storm water issues, and utilize the Town of Esopus’ transfer station.

We meet on the third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Town Hall in Esopus.


Click on any of the events below to view more information.

Thursday, 5/6 & Thursday, 5/13

Join us for this special inaugural Warbler event.  We will explore the sanctuary in search of these neotropical migrants on the first two Thursdays of May during the peak of spring migration in our region.  At a time when they are in their most brilliant courting colors, warblers are often ranked as the highlight of the spring migration.

You won’t find these charmers at your feeder; these insect-loving avians are in the wooded tree-tops.  And, for several species, the John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary is their final destination where they will breed throughout the spring and summer.  These migrants include species like Blackburnian and Black-throated Green Warblers, Acadian Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and Scarlet Tanager.

Their bright plumage will make them stand out and more visible.  And, with Mark DeDea leading the walk all are sure to have successful sightings.

Warblers are beautiful and sought after and this is the time to be in the woods when magic can happen.  So update your bird ID app and put away your Thursday morning schedule during this time of peak warbler migration.  Registration is required and participation limited.  Register early.

Please sign up by emailing forsythnature@aol.com to register and for time and meeting place.

A few words about personal safety:
  • Masks are still required.
  • No binocular sharing, please bring your own.
  • Respect guidelines for social distancing.
Saturday, May 8

An inaugural walk to seek out the wildflowers that give the Nature Sanctuary its special spring charm.

Space is limited. Register at info@johnburroughsassociation.org for time and place to meet.

Saturday, May 15, 12 PM - 4 PM

The cabin will be open for tours from noon to 4:00 pm. No formal program is planned, but we will have Jessica’s famous carrot cake, in cupcakes.

Saturday, May 22

Another inaugural walk to discover lichens.

Hiding in plain sight, lichens subtly bring patterns and intrigue to surfaces at the Nature Sanctuary. Space is limited.

Register at info@johnburroughsassociation.org for time and place to meet.

Saturday, May 22, 10 AM - 2 PM

The Environmental Board will be giving away free saplings and seeds at the Town Transfer Station.

These saplings and seeds are native pollinator species, which are supportive of fauna like honeybees and non-disruptive to the local environment. If you've received one of these saplings, click here for information on each species and instructions for care.

For a complimentary brochure about native pollinators, click here.

Composting 101

As part of an initiative to promote local composting, in May 2020 the Environmental Board hosted an online webinar teaching the basics of composting and best practices for how it can be done at home. This webinar was recorded and can be viewed at your convenience on our Town YouTube Page or by clicking the video to the right.


Board Members

Mark Ellison, Chairperson
Cynthia McVay

Noel Russ
Chris De
Stephen Cerini


Lisa K. Mance
845-339-1811, ext. 126
Fax: 845-802-5100

Town Board Liaison

Kathie Quick