Since 1987, when the Wallkill Valley Land Trust was incorporated, we have concluded 39 land preservation projects protecting nearly 3,000 acres of land.
The Wallkill Valley Land Trust works with willing landowners. Our protected parcels range in size from five acres to 140 acres. The Land Trust partners with the landowner to meet both the conservation needs of the property and the personal and financial needs of the owner. For some parcels, protection covers the entire property. For others, sections with limited conservation value, are excluded to allow for other uses that could include future home sites and appropriate development.
While in many cases the landowners have received tax benefits for donating a land preservation agreement (conservation easement) on their property, in our experience, no landowner has completed the process solely for the tax benefits. People protect their property and its conservation values because of their attachment to their land and because they recognize the importance of preserving the environment and rural character of the area.
While WVLT is concerned for the rural character throughout its eight towns, we have three areas of special concern. The first is farmland and working farmland throughout the region. The second is the Wallkill River and Wallkill Valley Rail Trail corridor. The third is the marshes, wetlands, and ridges of the Swartekill and Black Creek watersheds in Esopus, Lloyd, and New Paltz.