About the Conservancy


The New Baltimore Conservancy is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to conserving and enhancing the natural, cultural and historic resources in and around New Baltimore NY. 


The New Baltimore Conservancy was established as a 501(c)3 in 1999 but has existed as a community endeavor for over 30 years. We manage over 400 acres of properties owned by the New Baltimore Conservancy, Scenic Hudson Land Trust, and the Town of New Baltimore, designing and managing property trails with ongoing maintenance as well as larger-scale projects. Some of these projects include the creation of the world’s first recycled plastic bridge (completed in 2000), a scenic observation deck overlooking a tidal pond, barn and outbuilding restorations, and a boardwalk meandering through a marsh.

We sponsor informative trail and nature walks, clean-up days, Hudson River paddle events, and annual social events such as the Taste of History, Wine and Cheese on the Hudson River, Barn Party at Scenic Hudson’s Long View Park, and tours of historic homes where friends, neighbors, and guests gather.  We support numerous local artists, community project grants, and historic commemorations.  At our monthly meetings, we offer speakers and programs covering an array of topics.

Join us at any of the events and programs you find posted here and explore the splendid trails and properties we maintain!

Support Our Conservation Efforts & Become Part of the NBC Community

Become a part of the New Baltimore community today! Join us to support a local organization made up of terrific members and make a difference in the community.

The NBC values community and ensures sustainability and conservation of the environment and human connections.

Check Out Our Social Media Pages to Stay Up-to-Date with NBC News:


People are our most important asset.  In support of this asset and our purpose, the Conservancy has created a college scholarship to recognize past or planned public service demonstrated by a student residing in the area that attends one of several public school districts or a private school.

Each year one $600 scholarship is granted to a high school senior or a full-time student enrolled in an accredited college or university, based on one or more of the following criteria:

  • Community Service
  • Major or Minor in Environmental Sciences, History, or Architecture
  • Academic Achievement
  • Volunteer Activity with the Conservancy

The scholarship application must be mailed by May 1st each year to The New Baltimore Conservancy, PO Box 322, New Baltimore, New York 12124.

The proceeds from one of our popular yearly events, Taste of History, are set aside to support the scholarship.

Scholarship Recipients

2022 Dillon Hynes2021 Sarah Tyner
2020 Kacey Chamberlin2018 John Manning
2017 Scott Van Wormer2016 Elisabeth Dubois
2015 Lauren LeClaire & Moesha D’Allaird2014 Jacob Clouse
2013 Olivia Vosburgh2012 Andrew Pacuk
2011 Melanie Melewski2010 Thomas Hohenstein
2009 Erienne Rieth2008 Jenna Melewski
2007 Veronica Foley & Philip Meacham2006 Anna Brooks & Gabrielle Rieth
2005 Andrew Louis2004 Ashley Finke
2003 Mark Konsul2002 Dallas Trombley


President – Peter Melewski
Vice President – Melissa Distin
Treasurer – Deb Sottolano 
Secretary – Olivia Vasto

Hannacroix Creek Preserve/Hudson River Interpretive Trail Land Manager – Jeff Distin
Long View Land Management Officer – Herbie Rodriguez
Member(s) at Large – Don Drazan, Michele Brown, Michelle Wagner


Learn more about the wonderful NBC community members and businesses that support our mission throughout the year on social media.


Trails & Nature

Connect with the New Baltimore Conservancy