This 30 acre property was a generous gift to the land trust, to be protected in perpetuity. Located in the Town of Carlisle in the northern part of Schoharie County, the land has a sizeable wetland surrounded by wooded uplands. The property is relatively inaccessible at present, but trails and a boardwalk are part of the vision for the preserve.
This 24 acre piece of agricultural land in the Town of Wright is protected with a conservation easement with the Agricultural Stewardship Assoc., a sister land trust. The land was subsequently sold to an owner who plans to continue an arrangement to hay the land.
Located in the Fox Creek valley, the parcel is in an area still largely agricultural, contributing to Schoharie County's rural heritage.
This special piece of land was set aside by a couple who managed the land sustainably for two decades. The 120 acre parcel contains a residence and a large pond. Fields are hayed and woodlots sustainably logged for firewood and lumber.
The property is located near the I-88 corridor in an area increasingly viewed for subdivision and development. It is also contiguous with the Mauhs property, also protected by conservation easement, which increases the open space value of both parcels.
A primary effort of the Schoharie Land Trust is maintaining sizeable areas of relatively undeveloped open space. This helps our goal of protecting and preserving the rural quality of the county, and maximizes benefits of wildlife habitat.
The value of conservation easements on individual parcels can be increased when contiguous or neighboring parcels are protected. This is the case with the three properties that make up the Cornell Hollow Preserve in the Town of Gilboa. The Becher, Thall and White properties total 319 acres and constitute a significant piece of land that will remain largely intact in perpetuity, under agreements with the land trust.
Large portions of the preserve are in agricultural use which provides pleasing landscapes as well as benefiting the farm economy of the county.
We encourage landowners to solicit their neighbors to consider conservation easements on their lands to create this type of multi-owner conglomeration of protected open space.