MHLC Acquires 32 More Acres In Helderberg Conservation Corridor

By conserving the escarpment itself, we conserve the view of the Helderbergs, as well as the view from the Helderbergs…

Executive Director Mark King spotted this porcupine while touring the donated property.

2016 has been a record year of land conservation for Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy. We are set to end the year with over 1,000 acres conserved in the past twelve months, and many of the preserved parcels are in key conservation areas which provide critical habitat for indigenous plants and animals.

With a generous donation of 32 acres on the Helderberg Escarpment above the hamlet of New Salem, we are adding to the Helderberg Conservation Corridor. This corridor is an area of connected, preserved lands between Indian Ladder Farms and Thacher State Park. The newly-donated parcel includes extensive frontage on Thacher Park Road; by protecting this land, we are ensuring that part of the gateway to the iconic Thacher Park will remain forested with the maple, hickory, chestnut oak, hemlock, and white pine which are typical of the steep slopes of the escarpment. The property also includes wetland areas, which have been found in other areas along the Helderberg Escarpment and provide key habitat to several amphibian species in the region. Connie Tedesco, Stewardship Director at Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, has noted several species of regionally-rare plants on the properties.

Outcroppings of bedrock occur throughout the parcel, creating a fascinating topography.

Outcroppings of bedrock occur throughout the parcel, creating a fascinating topography.

This acquisition protects habitats, recreational opportunities, and protects the visual impact of the Helderberg Escarpment. Thacher Park, known for the panoramic views from its hiking trails, is a significant and beautiful topographic landmark in the region. By conserving the escarpment itself, we conserve the view of the Helderbergs, as well as the view from the Helderbergs.

We are grateful to the anonymous donor who made this incredibly generous gift of his home and land. Did you know that you can donate or bequeath your home to Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy? If you’re interested in talking about donating or bequeathing land or a building, e-mail Stewardship Director Connie Tedesco at connie@mohawkhudson.org or call the office at 426-6346.

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