Ease­ment pre­serves 81 acres in two towns

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - COMMUNITY -

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.

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