Scenic Hudson acquires 132 acres in Catskill

Habitat along the Hudson River estuary will remain protected for wildlife.

Originally published by the Daily Freeman
July 5, 2017

CATSKILL, N.Y. >> Scenic Hudson has acquired 132 acres adjacent to its RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuary, the environmental group announced Wednesday.

The acquisition ensures the land, along Dubois Road in Catskill, will continue sustaining a unique and unspoiled habitat along the Hudson River estuary, Scenic Hudson said in a press release.

The acquisition adds to the 480-acre nature RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuary that offers 2 miles of trails that Scenic Hudson co-owns with Audubon New York.

Open daily from dawn to dusk and free of charge, the RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuary provides opportunities for hikers and paddlers to explore and observe wildlife that includes bald eagles, osprey, muskrat, beaver, otters, turtles and dragonflies.

The newly protected property has more than 3,400 feet along the estuary shore, including a significant portion of RamsHorn Marsh. A state-designated Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitat containing the largest freshwater tidal swamp along the Hudson River, the marsh provides a habitat for American eel, American shad, smallmouth and largemouth bass, as well as many amphibian, reptile and plant species. It also furnishes resting and feeding habitats for large concentrations of waterfowl during their fall and spring migrations.

The property ranked highly in Scenic Hudson’s new Hudson Valley Conservation Strategy due to its importance in the estuary’s adaptation to sea level rise and climate change.

Scenic Hudson acquired the land for $1.2 million. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation provided a portion of the purchase price for the property.