Nutten Hook Farm -- Stuyvesant, Columbia County

In March 2009, Scenic Hudson protected 60 acres of scenic, high-quality agricultural land adjacent to Nutten Hook State Unique Area

View of the newly protected property at Nutten Hook farmRobert Rodriguez, Jr. Located in the Columbia North Scenic Area of Statewide Significance, this mix of meadows and wooded ravines sits directly across Route 9J from the Nutten Hook State Unique Area (originally protected by Scenic Hudson). It offers breathtaking views across the Hudson Valley to the Catskill Mountains; it also is visible from Scenic Hudson's Four-Mile Point Preserve in Coxsackie, Greene County. Located at the northern end of the state-recognized Stockport Creek & Flats Biologically Important Area, its grasslands provide prime bird habitat, while streams that form in its ravines flow into Newton Hook Creek, a Hudson River tributary. By purchasing a conservation easement on the property, we've guaranteed its 45 acres of state or federally designated high-quality soils (currently used by a local dairy farmer) can continue supporting Stuyvesant's agriculture-based economy. Since Scenic Hudson initiated plans to conserve a "critical mass" of working farms in the town in 1999, we've safeguarded more than 3,100 acres encompassing 13 farms. Additional farmland has been preserved by the Columbia Land Conservancy, Open Space Institute and The Nature Conservancy. The purchase is part of Scenic Hudson's collaborative campaign to Save the Land That Matters Most, protecting 65,000 acres of great scenic, ecological and agricultural significance.

Project highlights

  • Increases "critical mass" of working, taxpaying farmland in this agricultural community that is permanently conserved
  • Protects stunning views
  • Conserves grassland meadows and wooded ravine habitats
  • Safeguards water quality of a Hudson River tributary

Location

To view the new Nutten Hook farm parcel in relation to other nearby protected lands, download this map (pdf, 320k)

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