preserving open space in ulster county
to benefit present and future generations


The Kellar Easement was donated by Norman Kellar to the Wallkill Valley Land Trust in December 1990.  Bontecou Farm is an eighty-eight acre property in Esopus with much frontage on the Wallkill River. This easement preserves views, habitat, and agriculturally important soils in the Town of Esopus, and it is still an active farm.

Hare West Easement in Esopus

Rob Hare and Iza Trapani-Hare donated an agreement on 26 acres of farmland and ponds in 2005. This was the first of their two easements on their nearly 140-acre property in the Swartekill Watershed in Esopus. Rob and his family have been involved with land conservation in Maine and Connecticut.

Rob Hare is also a Board Member for the Wallkill Valley Land Trust, and is active in the WVLT's Conservation Committee.


This is the second conservation easement donated by Rob Hare and Iza Trapani-Hare. This one protects 112 acres which include hay fields, woods, and special views from Carney Road. When the Hare’s purchased this property, they always intended to protect it in perpetuity. This agreement was completed in 2006.

Click here to see the Hare West Conservation Easement