Protected Lands

Nature Preserves

Overlook with winter snowZena Cornfield 
Located on Zena Road and Route 212, this was the first property ever protected by the WLC. Its acquisition in 1989 was made possible by hundreds of donations from Woodstock residents. Check out our ZENA_SELF_GUIDED_NATURE_WALK_.pdf for a nice way to explore this scenic preserve. 


Sloan Gorge kioskSloan Gorge Preserve - 88 acres off West Saugerties Road (Woodstock)

*The Sloan Gorge parking lot will be expanded in June! Please note the parking area at the Preserve is very small and overflow parking is extremely limited. Please have an alternative destination in mind in case parking is unavailable*
Renowned Woodstock artist Allan Edward Sloan gave this unique property — containing mixed forest, old bluestone quarries, and unusual geological features — to WLC in 1998, just prior to his death. The land is a wildlife haven and reflects the area’s natural and industrial history. WLC opened the property to the public in summer 2007. Come visit. Click here for map.   Download the Field Guide to the Geology of Sloan Gorge Preserve by Robert Titus, PhD - Sloan_Gorge_Geology_trail.pdf


IMG 5488Snake Rocks Preserve 
WLC received this gift of 36 acres in 2004. Known locally as “Snake Rocks,” this preserve is located off of Yerry Hill Road in Woodstock and is a blend of mixed forest, an old quarry pond, walking trails, and open views of the Wittenberg Valley. Explore the abandoned bluestone quarry from the late 1800s that supplies bluestone for some of New York City's most famous buildings. If you're lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a Northern Water Snake swimming in the quarry pond looking for a snack. 


dionogustIWSIsrael Wittman Sanctuary - The Sanctuary opened to the public in October 2017. Located in the Zena Highwoods area where the Towns of Ulster, Woodstock and Saugerties meet, this 123-acre Sanctuary offers a gentle grade two-mile trail loop through a mixed hardwood and coniferous forest, vernal pools, a seasonal stream, bluestone quarries and rock walls. This Sanctuary is named after the donor’s father, and to further protect the forest’s habitat and animals, dogs are not allowed here. The preserve is located at the end of Old Sawmill Road in Saugerties, NY. 


Other Properties

Forestland on Mount Guardian
WLC’s protection of this scenic and ecological gem began in 2000 with the outright gift of two ridgeline parcels totaling 18 acres. WLC has since added 5 more parcels, nearly totaling 90 acres. Conservation of this land is premised on the goals of connecting valley bottoms to mountainsides and ridgetops that have scenic, cultural, or recreational importance; and/or contain particularly diverse, unique, or threatened natural species. Mt. Guardian's hardwood and conifer mixed forest ecosystem embodies these goals. 

7 acres off West Ohayo Mountain Road (Bearsville)
Given to WLC in 2006, this property features rugged woodland and extensive Sawkill River frontage

 6-acre hayfield on Chestnut Hill Road - Ludin's Field (Woodstock) 
First placed under easement and then given to WLC as an outright gift in 1995, this property has a direct view of Overlook Mountain.


Conservation Easements

76 acres of meadows, woods, and stream front at the Comeau (Village of Woodstock).
Placed under easement in 2009, this property is owned by the Town of Woodstock and is the site of its municipal government offices. It offers open views and trails and is a popular public area long used for hiking, dog walking, soccer and enjoyment of nature. To learn more about the community-driven effort to protect Comeau and WLC's work on this project, see the Comeau Easement page.

 5-acre meadow on Ricks Road (Bearsville)
Placed under easement in 1989, this property offers views of Mount Guardian and Overlook Mountain and reflects the agricultural history of the Route 212 corridor.

11-acre hayfield on Zena Road (Zena)
Located across from the Zena Cornfield and placed under easement in 1989, this property extends open views and reflects the area’s agricultural history — it is still actively hayed today.

 41 acres of mixed hardwood forest on Glasco Turnpike (Woodstock)
Placed under easement in 1990, this expanse of land protects wildlife habitat from future development pressures. 

 25 acres of hardwood forest on Plochmann Lane (Woodstock)
Placed under easement in 1992, this forest protects a spring-fed pond, wildlife habitat, and scenic views.   

 22 acres of open fields and farm buildings on Jessup Road (Willow)
This property, placed under easement in 1994, preserves wildlife habitat, scenic views, and the agricultural legacy of the area.

 27 acres of rugged hardwoods on Cooper Lake Road (Bearsville)
This property was placed under easement in 1997 to protect a green area along the road and the fragile environment near Cooper Lake.

 5-acre hayfield along Route 212 (Bearsville)
Placed under easement in 1997, this field protects open space, wildlife habitat, and a direct view of Overlook Mountain.

 7 acres of mixed forest surrounding the Maverick Concert Hall (Hurley)
Placed under easement in 2000, these woods preserve the serenity and natural buffer surrounding a cultural landmark.

13 acres of rugged woodland at the top of Lewis Hollow Road (Woodstock)
This area, placed under easement in 2005, protects fragile upland terrain.