Easement preserves 81 acres in two towns
The Winnakee Land Trust has accepted a donated conservation easement of 81 acres of wetland and forest in the towns of Red Hook and Milan.
Landowners Ellen and Sam Phelan, longtime advocates for land conservation, have chosen to protect their land from development by establishing an easement with Winnakee Land Trust. The couple said they were delighted the trust accepted the easement on the property in northeast Red Hook. They said it is part of one of the last extensive woodland areas in Red Hook.
The Phelan property easement protects pieces of two large wetland complexes of open marsh and hardwood swamp, according to Tierney Rosenstock, land project manager for Winnakee.
Rosenstock said protection of wetland habitats ensures foraging and breeding ground for a variety of birds, fish, amphibians and other wildlife.
The property lies at the headwaters of the Saw Kill, the Stony Creek and the Roeliff Janson Kill.