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Shaupeneak Meadows (Esopus, Ulster County)

Shaupeneak Meadows
Shaupeneak Meadows

In March 2009, Scenic Hudson protected 76 acres of woodlands and meadows visible from our popular Shaupeneak Ridge preserve

View of the newly protected property near Shaupeneak Ridge.Robert Rodriguez, Jr. This mix of woodlands and meadows lies at the base of Shaupeneak Ridge, adjacent to Scenic Hudson’s popular Shaupeneak Ridge Cooperative Recreation Area. Our purchase of development rights to the property permanently safeguards impressive ridge-top views from public trails while allowing the use of its fields for agricultural purposes. Freshwater wetlands, ponds and a small stream are among the sensitive wildlife habitats located on the property, which lies within the state-designated Shaupeneak Ridge Biologically Important Area. The land is immediately east of a 73-acre parcel of woods and meadows purchased from the same landowners in 1999. Protecting large, contiguous landscapes safeguards local aquifers—a community’s prime source of drinking water—as well as the interconnected network of habitats on which many wildlife species depend. 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

  • Protects views from a popular public park and trails
  • Contains important wildlife habitats
  • Conserves land for agricultural uses


To view the new Shaupeneak Meadows parcel in relation to other nearby protected lands, download this map (pdf, 324k)