LAND CONSERVATION IN 2017: Natural Treasures

Friday, December 1, 2017 -- Scenic Hudson

Newly Conserved Lands Along Ramshorn Marsh

Ramshorn Marsh from the air

Newly conserved lands along Ramshorn Marsh in Greene County. (Photo: Robert Rodriguez Jr.)

Keeping our air and water clean, helping plants and animals thrive, safeguarding communities from flooding—all hinge on preserving the valley’s beautiful wild lands

Protecting habitats in the Hudson River’s largest freshwater tidal swamp and helping the region become more resilient to climate-change impacts—these are the direct bene ts of conserving 132 acres along Ramshorn Marsh in Greene County. The property is adjacent to our RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuary, where paddlers launch into the marsh to marvel at bald eagles, beaver and other wildlife.

All of the prime natural areas on Bronck Island now have been safeguarded thanks to a conservation easement on 147 acres. This land victory completes the protection of more than 400 acres of riverfront, wetlands, grasslands and forest. We also acquired the rights to develop a public trail, so people will be able to hike, birdwatch and explore the island, supporting the local economy.

Bob Knighton

“Whether you want to get out and hike, fish, study nature or simply observe the scenery that has changed little since the Hudson River School painters made it famous more than 150 years ago—this land offers it all. We are fortunate to be able to protect special places like this that contribute so much to the quality of life we enjoy in our communities. Greene Land Trust is excited to be working with Scenic Hudson to conserve and manage this scenic and historic treasure for current residents and visitors to enjoy, and to help make sure it is there for the benefit of future generations.”
—Bob Knighton, president of the Greene Land Trust