The Elliott Easement is on 97 acres of farmland in the Town of New Paltz. It was donated in January 1994 by Grace Elliott who had lived all her life on this farm and was adamant about preserving the property for agricultural use. The land is still actively farmed. Through the easement we are preserving views, high quality soils, and important habitat.
This 6.7 acre parcel, located between Springtown Road and the Wallkill River, was given to the Wallkill Valley Land Trust by Richard and Vivian Hasbrouck in 2001. With their approval, the property was transferred to the Town of New Paltz in 2004. The WVLT, the Town, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation worked together to draw up preliminary sketches for a town park with a hand-carried boat launch. The Town donated an agreement to the Wallkill Valley Land Trust to ensure this parcel can only be used for such a park in the future. The property remains undeveloped and natural today.
The Jewett Family Farm, covering some 104 acres and located on Huguenot Street in New Paltz, has been owned by the family since 1909. By the 21st century the family was no longer farming, but the property was leased for hay and corn.
In collaboration with the Open Space Institute, the Wallkill Valley Land Trust completed a nearly $1 million dollar campaign to protect both the Jewett Family Farm and the adjacent Khosla Farm (see next page). This was known as the Two Farms Campaign. Land preservation agreements were purchased to protect the historic landscape, the valuable soils, the total of nearly one mile of frontage along the Wallkill River, and the iconic views of the Shawangunk Ridge from Huguenot Street. This land preservation agreement was completed early in 2007. As of 2015, it is now monitored solely by the Wallkill Valley Land Trust.
Ron and Kate Khosla collaborated with the Wallkill Valley Land Trust and the Open Space Institute on the Two Farms Campaign as well. Their CSA farm, the Huguenot Street Farm, lies adjacent to the Jewett Family Farm. Their seventy-seven acres include valuable soils, marshes and wetlands, and wooded habitat. This land preservation agreement was completed early in 2007. As of 2015, this farm is solely monitored by the Wallkill Valley Land Trust.
The Sheehan easement, donated by the Sheehan family in July 1994, is adjacent to the Elliott property in the Town of New Paltz. This easement increases the protection given to habitat and biodiversity of the area by protecting 7.8 acres of land.