Connecting people with inspirational power of the Hudson River since 1963.
Securing the valley’s astonishing biodiversity and globally important habitats by thinking of the big picture.
The Hudson River and the lands along it help to sustain some of the world’s most awe-inspiring creatures, from Atlantic sturgeon and snapping turtles — species as old as the dinosaurs — to bald eagles and monarch butterflies.
Studies show that ecosystems with high biodiversity are more productive and better able to withstand environmental fluctuations than those with a low variety of species. Increased threats from climate change make it even more imperative to protect our region’s diverse and globally important habitats.
Hudson Valley Conservation Strategy
That’s why we created the Hudson Valley Conservation Strategy (HVCS) — to help us protect our lands and species in the face of climate change. Identifying networks of conservation areas that add up to more than the sum of their parts, the strategy highlights places whose conservation will simultaneously sustain biodiversity, increase resilience to rising sea levels and other climate change impacts, and secure the pathways many species rely on for survival. The strategy seeks to link previously protected lands, increasing the health benefits to humans as well as wildlife by creating continuous wild corridors and pathways they can move through.
We’re protecting and restoring a range of environments for a variety of reasons, including:
Tidal Wetlands: prime nurseries and breeding areas for many fish species and important stopovers for migratory birds
Wetlands: important for filtering pollution before it reaches drinking water supplies and for soaking up floodwaters
Meadows: home to many insect and bird species critical for pollinating crops and eliminating pests
Forests: to sequester pollutants that contribute to asthma, lung cancer and cardiovascular disease
Managing our Lands
In addition to providing recreation and inspiration, our parks and preserves play critical roles in the natural system that filters air and water. They also furnish habitats for the great diversity of plants and animals found in the Hudson Valley. Scenic Hudson manages our lands to maximize their benefits to wildlife and people — by protecting rare species, controlling invasive (non-native) species and restoring the ecological function of their lands and waters.
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Partnering with the Hudson Highlands Land Trust, we protected 71 forested acres that will provide the community with access to Fahnestock State Park. 2022
Athens riverfront (Athens, Greene County)
We protected six formerly industrial acres — including 1,000 feet of river frontage — whose restoration would afford excellent opportunities for water-based recreation. 2022
Black Creek (Lloyd, Ulster County)
We protected 303 acres adjacent to the Hudson Valley Rail Trail to enhance recreational opportunities and safeguard this Hudson River tributary. 2020
Aloe Property (Highland Falls, Orange County)
Conserving these 31 acres in the Hudson Highlands offers the potential to create a new park within walking distance of 2,500 village residents. 2020
The Kingston Maritime Museum has expanded its lessons about the Hudson’s history and ecology via cruises on the river’s first solar-powered boat. Scenic Hudson funding helped enable the museum to build the vessel. 2019
Lake Walton (East Fishkill, Dutchess County)
Dutchess County plans to create its first universally accessible park on the 242 acres we protected around this ecologically important lake. 2019
Stockport Flats (Stockport, Columbia County)
We protected 117 acres on Stockport Creek, including a 9-acre island and 1.5 miles of habitat along this key Hudson River tributary. 2018
Scofield Ridge (Dutchess & Putnam counties)
We protected 1,178 scenic and ecologically important acres in the Hudson Highlands that connect popular hiking trails on Breakneck Ridge and Mount Beacon. 2018
Fishkill Farms (Fishkill, Dutchess County)
We added 105 acres to this historic farm and protected 240 acres of woods and wetlands by partnering with Dirt Capital Partners, Dutchess Land Conservancy and Hudson Highlands Land Trust. 2018
Locust Grove (Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County)
To secure permanent public access to 5 miles of trails on the historic estate of artist/telegraph inventor Samuel Morse, we acquired a conservation easement on the 149-acre property. 2018
John Burroughs Sanctuary (Esopus, Ulster County)
In partnership with the John Burroughs Association, we added a 5-acre inholding to this public preserve once owned by the famed nature writer. 2018
New Baltimore Habitat (New Baltimore, Greene County)
To enhance local biological diversity, we protected 24 acres of forest and wetland habitats surrounded by 148 acres we previously conserved. 2018
Potts Farm (Red Hook, Dutchess County)
The Stickle family grows fruits and vegetables on their 73-acre farm. We partnered with them and the Dutchess Land Conservancy to protect it. 2017
Ramshorn Marsh (Catskill, Greene County)
The 132 acres of forest and tidal marsh we added to our RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuary further protect some of the estuary’s most unique and unspoiled habitats. 2017
Catskill Creek (Catskill, Greene County)
This land along Catskill Creek served as a favorite subject of painter Thomas Cole. We partnered with the Greene Land Trust to protect the 144-acre property and create Mawignack Preserve. 2016
Camp Addisone Boyce (Stony Point, Rockland County)
To conserve these 353 scenic and ecologically important acres in and around a popular Hudson Highlands summer camp, we partnered with Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson. 2016
Binnen Kill Wetlands (Bethlehem, Albany County)
The generous donation of a conservation easement on eight ecologically important acres along this Hudson River tributary allowed us to link two parcels we previously protected spanning 260 acres.
Lamb’s Hill (Fishkill, Dutchess County)
To protect world-class vistas from many popular public viewpoints, we conserved 30 acres on the slopes of this Hudson Highlands landmark. 2016
Clermont Wildlife Habitat
A generous landowner donated a conservation easement on these 22 ecologically important acres adjoining Clermont State Historic Site. 2016
South Bay Creek Watershed (Greenport, Columbia County)
Further safeguarding views from Olana, as well as the town’s drinking water supply, we protected 105 ecologically important acres along the Hudson River tributary. 2015
Watergrass Sanctuary (Philipstown, Putnam County)
To safeguard bird habitat and scenic views, we partnered with the Hudson Highlands Land Trust and Putnam Highlands Audubon Society to protect the sanctuary’s 48 acres of forest and wetlands. 2008
John Burroughs Black Creek Corridor (Esopus, Ulster County)
By conserving 23 acres of forest and hardwood swamp habitat, we filled in a critical “missing link” in creating the 11-mile John Burroughs Black Creek Trail. 2015
Juniper Flats Preserve (Ulster, Ulster County)
These 376 acres of forest, grassland, wetlands and Hudson Riverfront habitat provide an “outdoor classroom” where Kingston schoolchildren learn about nature. 2015
Illinois Mountain (Lloyd, Ulster County)
These 52 acres further enhance opportunities to explore the varied habitats at this popular hiking and mountain-biking destination. 2015
Shaupeneak Ridge (Esopus, Ulster County)
Protecting these 56 forested acres bordered on two sides by our popular preserve provides us with an opportunity to create new trails affording magnificent views. 2015
Binnen Kill (Bethlehem, Albany County)
We protected 131 acres of ecologically important meadow, wetland and shoreline habitats along this Hudson River tributary. 2015