On Wednesday, September 26, community members gathered for a hike through the West Mountain State Forest to celebrate the recent conservation effort that preserved the 219-acre parcel of land on Corbin Hill in Pawling. The walk through the woods would end at the Cat Rocks Overlook, which provided a breathtaking view of some of the protected properties.
In August, the Trust for Public Land (TPL) proudly announced that the 219-acres of land would be protected from development. This action not only preserves the sanctity of the Appalachian Trail for hikers, but also provides habitat protection for several wildlife species in the area.
“The conservation of a significant parcel on Corbin Hill preserves the view from Cat Rocks, a favorite local and regional destination, and one which offers a welcome vista for the northbound thru-hikers as they enter the Harlem Valley,” said Stancy DuHamel, Co-Chair of the Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community. “The view of the sunrise and early morning fog from the one-thousand-foot elevation truly showcases the valley in all its glory.”
Obtaining the Corbin Hall property was facilitated by a partnership between the National Park Service, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, The Trust for Public Land, and the Oblong Land Conservancy. The purchase was funded, in part, by the Land and Water Conservation Fund, (LWCF) with project costs paid for with grants from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Oblong Land Conservancy, National Park Trust, and numerous private donations.
“The Trust for Public Land is thrilled to celebrate the permanent protection of this beautiful and ecologically significant portion of the Appalachian Trail,” said Carter Strickland, New York State Director of The Trust for Public Land. “Through our efforts with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Oblong Land Conservancy, this 219-acre parcel will be forever preserved, providing habitat for sensitive wildlife and healthy outdoor recreation opportunities for the people of Pawling, New York City, and beyond.”