Steep cliffs. Productive farmland. Globally rare wetland habitats. Dramatic mountains rising right out of the river. The Hudson Valley is filled with an incredible diversity of land that is key to the beauty of the region. To maintain the health of this special place, we need to protect vital habitats from climate change, population growth, and exploitative development. To date, we have conserved more than 48,000 acres in 10 counties, including creating more than 45 public parks. If you’re drawn to the land, join us to protect it.
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Active Campaigns

New York Bond Act

The Bond Act, which was passed in November 2022, provides $4.2 billion for environmental and community projects across New York State.

ECO-LOGIC: Greening New York’s Budget

During the annual budgeting process in Albany, we make the case that investment in a clean, healthy environment is paramount to quality of life in New York.

Community Preservation Fund

CPFs allow certain Hudson Valley towns to set up funds to protect the land and historical buildings that maintain their unique identity. Find out if your town qualifies and how to get the support you need to make it happen.

Federal Farm Bill

The U.S. Farm Bill is up for renewal in 2024. We’re making the case to Congressional leaders to include more support for our farms and farmers in the Northeast, and to include climate and environmental justice provisions in the new legislation.

Past Campaign Wins

New York Bond Act

FUNDING AVAILABLE: The Bond Act provides $4.2 billion for environmental and community projects across New York State. Learn more about the project’s goals and available funds: https://defendthevalley.org/campaign/bond-act/ #DefendtheValley

Storm King Mountain (Cornwall)

Conserving the iconic northern gateway to the Hudson Highlands, Con Edison agreed not to build a destructive hydroelectric plant. Scenic Hudson was established to protect the mountain and led the successful 17-year campaign.

Riverfront Towers (Yonkers)

Securing public riverfront access and preserved downtown Palisades views resulted from a settlement we brokered to stop construction of a wall of 38-story towers along the city’s waterfront.

Bear Mountain Bridge

To safeguard the Hudson Highlands’ beauty, we partnered in a successful lawsuit to stop construction of a 14-story condominium just north of the Bear Mountain Bridge.

Ask a Scenic Hudson Land Expert

Ned Sullivan

President, Scenic Hudson

Seth McKee

Executive Director, Scenic Hudson Land Trust

Jeffrey Anzevino

Director of Land Use Advocacy

Cari Watkins-Bates

Director of Land Conservation

Pia Ruisi-Besares

Director of Science, Climate and Stewardship