HHLT is a nonprofit land conservation organization that protects and preserves the natural resources and scenic beauty of the Hudson Highlands region of New York State, where the Appalachian Mountains cross the Hudson River.
Less than 50 miles north of New York City, this area is rich in biodiversity, providing critical habitat connections for many wildlife species of the Hudson Valley. A place of dramatic scenic beauty, the Highlands attract millions of visitors each year, including over a hundred thousand to the most popular hiking trail in North America, Breakneck Ridge.
Situated close to New York City, with a commuter rail running through it, this region is under persistent development pressure, compounded by the stresses of increasing tourism. HHLT was founded in 1989 to address these issues.
We work to protect and preserve the Hudson Highlands through…
Land Conservation and Stewardship: we work with private landowners on real estate transactions including conservation agreements that limit future development, the outright purchase of land, and the facilitation of land acquisitions by state and local agencies.
Public Policy and Municipal Planning: we partner with local municipalities on creating natural resource and open space inventories to guide a thoughtful balance between development and conservation.
Outreach and Education: we engage our local communities in our conservation mission through outreach programming and events.