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New York Township Protects Historic Farmland

A Hudson Valley township paid $3 million to acquire nine parcels of farmland totaling 300 acres. The acquisition ranks as one of the largestconservation acquisitions in Hudson Valley history. The Town Board of Bethlehem spent three years negotiating the transaction

A Hudson Valley township paid $3 million to acquire nine parcels of farmland totaling 300 acres. The acquisition ranks as one of the largest
conservation acquisitions in Hudson Valley history. The Town Board of Bethlehem spent three years negotiating the transaction with the seller, George Haseotes. Among the parcels is the 153-acre Heath Dairy Farm, which has been in continuous operation since the American Revolution and is considered one of the most iconic farmlands in the area. The acquisition aligns with Bethlehem’s efforts to preserve important local landscapes. A proposal to develop a mixed-use community in the same location was withdrawn after resident opposition. An easement on the property ensures the land will remain solely for agricultural use. Read more HERE.

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