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More of Olana viewshed gets saved

Jan 05, 2011 6:51 am
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Olana, historic home of Hudson River School painter Frederick Church, moved forward with its Scenic Hudson-aided plan to protect its viewshed this week."][/caption]A conservation easement will protect another 73 acres of land within view of the Olana State Historic Site in Columbia County, according a story in today's Daily Freeman about a recent announcement from the environmental group Scenic Hudson, who have noted that landowners Allan and Julie Shope donated a conservation easement on their recently purchased land in the town of Livingston, which will preserve views from Olana, in nearby Greenport, according to a press. The easement was granted to the Scenic Hudson Land Trust and represents a victory in the organization’s Saving the Land That Matters Most campaign, a majorly-funded new initiative for the historic home of Hudson River School painter Frederick Church overlooking the Hudson. In addition to preventing poorly sited development that could spoil the views from Olana, the easement guarantees that much of the wooded hilltop land and 1,500 feet of Hudson River shoreline will continue to provide wildlife habitat, a Scenic Hudson press release said. It also said the easement safeguards shorelines along Foxes Creek, which flows through the property. Under the terms of the easement, the Shopes will build a single-family home and barn on their property, as well as retain the right to use 23 acres of forested land for agriculture, the release said. The property will remain privately owned and on the tax rolls. Under its Save the Land That Matters Most campaign, Scenic Hudson has conserved 3,666 acres and its land trust partners an additional 1,821 acres, the release said. The release also said Allan Shope is board president of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.
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