The Orange County Land Trust has conserved 57.5 acres of vital buffer lands adjacent to the Doris Duke Wildlife Sanctuary section of Sterling Forest State Park in Greenwood Lake. The agreement was finalized at a closing held on Wed., Sept. 6 with Orange County Land Trust and landowners, Adam J. and Tinie Filipowski. of Greenwood Lake, who first contacted the Land Trust about conserving their land.
The property is situated within the Greenwood Lake watershed and contains habitats identified by the Department of Environmental Conservation’s New York Natural Heritage Program as significant, including a Hemlock-Northern Hardwood Forest in the lower elevations, and a Chestnut-Oak Forest in the higher elevations. The water quality of a stream that runs through the property is also protected as a result of the acquisition.
According to Orange County Land Trust Executive Director James Delaune, the purpose of this project is to enhance the habitat connectivity of Sterling Forest State Park by protecting unbroken deep-forest habitats that surround the State Park.
The Open Space Institute (OSI) partnered with the Land Trust on this project by contributing $50,000 through their Small Grants Program. The project also received support from The Walt Disney Company and the Sterling Center of New York.
For more information or to make a donation to the Land Trust, call 534-3690 or visit www.oclt.org.