Deal conserves scenic, ecologically important land and ensures popular camp will continue connecting children to nature
Scenic Hudson and Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, Inc. (GSHH) have partnered to conserve 353 scenic and ecologically important acres. Protection of this unusually large forested property in the lower Hudson Valley marks another major victory in Scenic Hudson’s Saving the Land That Matters Most campaign.
Under the transaction, Scenic Hudson purchased a conservation agreement from GSHH to ensure the permanent protection of 113 acres on which the main facilities and activity areas of Camp Addisone Boyce—a popular Girl Scout camp—are located. GSHH will retain sole use of this land, meaning local Girl Scouts will continue connecting with nature at the camp, as they have for decades. At the same time, Scenic Hudson purchased 240 acres surrounding the camp from GSHH, including ridgelines that contribute to the Hudson Highlands’ iconic beauty as well as wetlands and ponds.
The newly protected property shares a border spanning nearly 1.5 miles with Bear Mountain and Harriman State Parks. Parts of this land are visible from popular trails within the parks, including the Appalachian Trail, as well as the Hudson River. Scenic Hudson plans to work with New York State Parks to add this land to the adjoining parks, providing new opportunities for the public to experience the region’s natural beauty.
Scenic Hudson Land Trust Executive...