Anyone who loves hiking along Thacher Park‘s trails, and picking apples (or eating a couple apple cider doughnuts) at Indian Ladder Farms, will be glad to hear that the two places will soon be connected by an easement set to be acquired by the Mohawk Land Conservancy.
The Mohawk Land Conservancy is on the road to acquiring conservation easements that would create a 3,000-acre passageway of protected land from the town of New Scotland into Thacher Park. The conservancy acquired an 87-acre lot off Picard Road in 2014 and is currently in negotiations with business owner, Chris Lehman, who runs a therapeutic riding center on her farm at the end of Martin Road Extension.
Mark King, the conservancy’s executive director told the Altamont Enterprise that he hopes to to link the lot purchased in 2014, along with Lehman’s lands, to a village-owned parcel up the hill and to lands owned by Heldeberg Workshop, eventually reaching directly to John Boyd Thacher State Park. On the other side of the recently purchased land, the property reaches Indian Ladder Farms where the conservancy also holds a preservation easement.
We are looking forward to hearing how this project goes! What do you think about this conservation easement?