ESOPUS – the Scenic Hudson land preservation group purchased development rights to 56 acres adjacent to its Shaupeneak Ridge Cooperative Recreation Area.
The transaction restricts future development on the wooded property, which is surrounded on two sides by the 570-acre recreation spot, a popular destination for hiking, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, bird-watching, hunting and school field trips.
Scenic Hudson said the acquisition will also protect wetlands and a small stream habitats located on the property, which lies within the state-recognized Shaupeneak Ridge Biologically Important Area.
“Thanks to the foresight of landowner Charles Shanok to permanently protect this breathtaking property, visitors to Scenic Hudson’s Shaupeneak Ridge park will always connect with nature without the threat of development spoiling their experience. I hope Mr. Shanok’s commitment to preserving one of Ulster County’s natural treasures will serve as an example for others to help us safeguard more magnificent landscapes throughout the Hudson Valley,” said Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan.
The transaction was negotiated by Scenic Hudson Land Projects Specialist Paul Schwartzberg and funded by Scenic Hudson’s Lila Acheson and the DeWitt Wallace Hudson Valley Land Preservation Endowment.
The acquisition is part of Scenic Hudson's ongoing campaign to "Save the Land That Matters Most." Launched in 2007, the is a collaborative effort with fellow land trusts, governments, individuals and businesses to protect 65,000 acres of scenic, ecological and agricultural significance throughout the Hudson Valley. One of the campaign's key focuses is preserving views from public parks and historic sites.