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Hudson Highlands Land Trust


On Sunday afternoon, March 12, 1989, twenty-one residents of the Hudson Highlands met at Castle Rock, the Garrison home of Douglas and Sarah Banker. They came together because they were alarmed by mounting development pressure in the Highlands and were determined to preserve the community’s rural character and scenic beauty. When the meeting ended, the Hudson Highlands Land Trust was a reality: a board, an executive committee, and a slate of officers had been elected; and a two-year plan of action had been adopted. A modest start-up budget of $45,000 was approved; staff was limited to one person, working half time. On April 24, 1989, the Hudson Highlands Land Trust was issued a Certificate of Incorporation by the State of New York.

More than two decades later, the Hudson Highlands Land Trust has a six-person, professional staff. It owns 358 acres outright, and holds 89 conservation easements, permanently preserving 2,470 acres from development. In addition, HHLT partners with conservation organizations and state agencies to facilitate the permanent protection of thousands more acres.
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