Open land near Greenport water source acquired
Oct 22, 2015 6:01 am
Parry Teasdale is reporting in the Columbia Paper Scenic Hudson has acquired a 105-acre parcel at the junction of US Route 9 and state Route 23, outside of Hudson. This latest acquisition is part of the Scenic Hudson Saving the Land That Matters Most campaign. In a press release issued last week the organization said the land plays a critical role in maintaining the quality of the local public water supply. The parcel includes more than 40 acres of farmland, forested ravines and wetlands, and a 750-foot segment of South Bay Creek. It is located within the view seen from the Olana State Historic Site, and is just upstream from wellheads for the town of Greenport’s drinking-water supply. The land was previously owned by the Lambert family and was used mostly for growing hay, said Seth McKee, director of land conservation at Scenic Hudson. “We hope to lease it to a farmer and have public access to it” with conservation and public trail easements. Read the full story in the Columbia Paper.