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Orange County Land Trust Protects 57.5 Acres of Habitat

Orange County Land Trust has conserved 57.5 acres of vital buffer lands adjacent to the Doris Duke Wildlife Sanctuary section of Sterling Forest State Park in Greenwood Lake. The agreement was finalized with Orange County Land Trust and landowners Adam J. and Tinie Filipowski of Greenwood Lake, who first contacted the Land Trust about conserving their land.

The property is situated within the Greenwood Lake watershed and contains habitats identified by the Department of Environmental Conservation’s New York Natural Heritage Program as significant, including a Hemlock-Northern Hardwood Forest in the lower elevations, and Chestnut-Oak Forest in the higher elevations. The water quality of a stream that runs through the property is also protected as a result of the acquisition.

According to Orange County Land Trust Executive Director James Delaune, “Large tracts of forest that are not fragmented by major roadways or developments are increasingly rare in the Hudson Valley,” said Delaune. “Protecting what we have left is important for the survival of forest interior bird species and other forest-dwelling wildlife such as fishers and black bears.”

Kim Elliman, president and CEO of The Open Space Institute shares, “This acquisition builds on OSI’s decades-long commitment to strengthening communities through the protection of natural resources that provide clean water and air, outdoor recreation, habitat protection and climate mitigation.”

Orange County Land Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting Orange County’s diverse habitats, watersheds, wildlife corridors and working farmland through conservation agreements with private landowners. For more information or to volunteer or make a donation, visit OCLT.org or call 534-3690.

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