The Hudson Highlands is a region of simple, yet dramatic beauty, astounding biodiversity, and major historical significance. HHLT is dedicated to conserving this remarkable region forever—please join us!

we are hiring: manager of public Policy and planning full-time position opening

The Hudson Highlands Land Trust (HHLT) seeks a dynamic individual as its Manager of Public Policy and Planning. This is an exciting opportunity to influence the protection of our treasured natural assets in the Hudson Highlands. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Manager of Public Policy and Planning is responsible for engaging our village, town, city and county representatives in sound land-use planning strategies, and energizing local communities in the protection of the natural resources they value most. They will spearhead the organization’s efforts on natural resource planning, open space prioritization and watershed protection with municipal officials and local communities on both sides of the Hudson River.

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply. Applications must be received by end of business on October 31, 2017.


iconic shenandoah farm in east fishkill preserved

Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro has announced Dutchess County has completed acquisition of a 39-acre farmland conservation easement that expands the iconic Shenandoah Farm in East Fishkill, in partnership with the Dutchess Land Conservancy, Hudson Highlands Land Trust and Scenic Hudson Land Trust, through the Partnership for Manageable Growth (PMG). Funding was approved by the Dutchess County Legislature in March 2016, based on recommendation from the Dutchess County Planning Board.

Hudson Highlands Land Trust Executive Director Michelle Smith said, “The Hudson Highlands Land Trust is delighted to partner with Shenandoah Farms, Dutchess County, Dutchess Land Conservancy and Scenic Hudson to protect this farmland in East Fishkill. Situated between Shenandoah and Hosner Mountains, both of which are traversed by the Appalachian Trail, and with close proximity to two major highways, this farmland was at high risk of development. We commend our partners on taking the lead to ensure its permanent protection.”

Take a hike coverItching to get outdoors? Join us for a Take-a-Hike! Registration is now open

During the 2017 Hudson Highlands Land Trust Take-A-Hike! season, you will have the opportunity to experience the natural, scenic and historic resources of the Hudson Highlands in eight unique ways. To register for a hike, please visit the schedule page and click on the corresponding link.


learn about GRANITE MOUNTAIN PRESERVE, a legacy landscapes project.

Red eftHHLT recently acquired three adjoining parcels totaling 358 acres to create the Granite Mountain Preserve in the Town of Putnam Valley. This project will provide residents with a large connected natural area in the heart of the town that will serve as both public park and preserve. The Granite Mountain Preserve will offer many opportunities for passive recreation including hiking, birding and cross-country skiing along a network of scenic, well-defined trails. The Preserve will also serve to protect important natural resources, including wildlife and plant habitat, and water quality.

For more information, visit the Granite Mountain Preserve web page.


Know someone who loves the highlands? we have the perfect gift! 

Book photo

Looking for a gift for someone special? Or maybe you just want to treat yourself to something unique? Your search is over! Connecting: Celebrating the People and Places of the Hudson Highlands is the perfect gift for anyone who loves the Hudson Highlands. And, your purchase directly supports HHLT's work, ensuring that future generations will enjoy connections to the special places photographed in this beautiful book, just as we do now. It is truly the gift that gives twice! Priced at $85/book, it is available at HHLT's office or at HHLT's online store.

Signed Copies Available while they last...
A limited supply of books signed by photographer Christine Ashburn is available at HHLT's office -- if you would like a signed copy, please act soon, these will only be available while they last. 

HHLT's Proposal to the Garrison Union Free School District Board of Education

On May 20, 2015, HHLT made a presentation regarding the conservation of the Garrison School Forest to the GUFS Board of Education at their regular meeting. You can view a map, detailing the proposal area, and an informational document that lays out the details and answers some questions related to the proposal that was prepared independantly by a Garrison School parent, Jill Corson Lake. Any Garrison School District residents wishing for more information on this proposal should feel free to contact the Land Trust. We are happy to answer questions.


HHLT Mission Area Map

Land Trust Alliance

The Hudson Highlands Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in 1989 under Section 402 of the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law of New York. A copy of our latest annual financial report may be obtained by writing to the Land Trust or to the NYS Attorney General's Office, Charities Bureau, Albany, NY 12231.


BBB Accredited Charity SealHudson Highlands Land Trust is an Accredited Better Business Bureau Charity Seal Holder, meeting its twenty Standards for Charity Accountability.