The Hudson Highlands Land Trust, Inc. (HHLT) is pleased to announce that it will accept a major donation of land from Christopher Davis. The 74+ acres, lying along Snake Hill and Philipse Brook Roads, are currently part of the 300-acre Garrison Golf Club being decommissioned later this year. HHLT will permanently protect this land and intends to oversee habitat restoration, while simultaneously working with the community to develop a thoughtful plan for public access. HHLT is also working with Mr. Davis on a conservation easement covering another part of Garrison Golf Club property—the 100-acre woodland off Snake Hill Road.
Chris Davis said about the gift: “My goal for the Garrison Golf Club property is designed to permanently protect 300 acres at the heart of our community and put in place a program with organizations that share our love for the Hudson Highlands and will serve as vigilant stewards.”
Katrina Shindledecker, HHLT’s Executive Director, added: “This is a tremendous gift. We can’t thank Chris enough for his commitment to conservation and the Hudson Valley community.”
While much of the 74+ acres had been developed as a golf course, the property includes intact forest, wetlands, and important wildlife habitat. Mr. Davis and HHLT envision an extensive restoration project that will enhance the diverse natural resources of the land and further protect Philipse Brook.
HHLT will solicit significant community and stakeholder engagement as it develops the restoration and management plans for the project.
You can read the full press release here.