How Can I
Protect My Land?
Landowners can protect all or some of their land by establishing a
conservation easement. Because each property has unique features, each
easement is somewhat different, designed to suit the property and the
needs of the landowner.
first step is to get in touch! Call Lucy Hayden, Executive Director, at
845-876-4213 or email to
will set up a meeting with you, look at some maps, and talk about your
plans for the land. We will also provide you with information on the
generous tax benefits, Winnakee's role as a steward of the land, and how
to proceed if you are interested.
evaluating potential easements, Winnakee considers several key
criteria. Whether you are limiting future development, saving
historic farmland, or protecting a stunning viewshed, establishing an
easement is a way of giving to future generations.
Trail easements with public access have slightly different criteria.
Winnakee has worked extensively on local trails systems and parkland and
is happy to speak with anyone interested in our trails programs.
we've talked with you and our committee has looked at the proposed
project, our stewardship manager will visit your property and make maps
and photos that show the landscape in detail.
a terrific way to learn more about your property, and Winnakee aims to
be a knowledgeable partner to landowners interested in protecting the
land that we all treasure.
Criteria for Conservation
Easements are detailed in the pdf file worksheet at the link above.
set of criteria provides a tool for our Easement Committee to analyze a
potential easement property. This is not a pass/fail system, but a means
for opening up the discussion and providing insight into a complex