New York Highlands Celebrates North Hollow Project

The Appalachian Mountain Club joined Highlands Coalition partners on December 6th to celebrate the recent conservation of a 261-acre property in the NY Highlands.  The acquisition was made possible with $653,500 in federal Highlands Conservation Act funds, provided through the Land and Water Conservation Fund.  The Blumberg family generously donated land value as a match for the public funds, working closely with the Trust for Public Land and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.

NYDEC Commissioner Joe Martens
The Highlands Conservation Act is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and provides up to $10 million a year for the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut to protect the highest valued land and water resources in the Region. The Highlands Coalition is an alliance of over 180 conservation organizations including the Appalachian Mountain Club, working to advance conservation in the 3.5 million-acre Highlands region and to secure funding for the Highlands Conservation Act.

The 261-acre Putnam County property, known as North Hollow, is located within the Great Swamp watershed and will expand the Cranberry Mountain Wildlife Management Area by more than a third. More public lands and added connectivity for trails will only further contribute to the area’s economy, where recreational activities such as hiking, cross-country skiing, hunting, fishing and trapping are popular. North Hollow features steep upland forests protecting nearby Haviland Hollow Brook, a pristine trout stream. The brook watershed connects with the Great Swamp, Croton River, and reservoirs in the New York Highlands that provide drinking water to New York City.
Canoeing in the Great Swamp, NY
Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, and Congresswoman Nan Hayworth provided statements of support for the North Hollow project, and have been strong supporters of the Highlands Conservation Act in Congress. Read their statements in the press release. They are also champions of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which uses revenues generated from offshore oil and gas drilling leases, rather than taxpayer dollars, to acquire important lands for the public.  AMC has been actively working with legislators from the 4-State Highlands Region to secure funding through the Land and Water Conservation Fund for the Highlands Conservation Act and other programs.  The North Hollow closing represents a momentous achievement, as only 12 projects have been slated for funding funding since the programs' inception in 2004. 

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