Winnakee’s land donors care deeply about the health of their woods and the future of their land.  Landowners trust that Winnakee will be the stewards of their land well into the future as the challenges of land protection evolve.  Winnakee is most grateful to our generous land donors, each with a unique story to tell.  Together, our shared vision to protect and restore lands will ensure that future generations
may experience the natural beauty and wonder of this region. 

We are grateful that, by our gift, Winnakee will be the steward of the land we love, thus preserving its wildness in perpetuity.”

Alice Henkin

Donor of Henkin Woods, a 105-acre high-conservation value property in the Town of Milan consisting of a diverse array of habitats, including upland hardwood forests, meadows, hardwood and shrub swamps, riparian zones, perennial and intermittent streams. 

The Nature Conservancy is thrilled to see a local land trust leverage its strength and expand its conservation of natural resources to a new regional level. Winnakee’s stewardship plans for the lands we donated will have a strong and positive impact on local environmental health and bring multiple benefits to the community.”

Matt Levy, Land Protection Manager, The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy generously donated two properties to Winnakee: Zipfeldberg Bog, a 60-acre property in the Town of Clinton, containing the region’s largest acidic dwarf shrub bog and Primrose HIll, a 60-acre  conservation area in the Town of Rhinebeck of locally Significant Forest Northern hardwood-hemlock and red maple forest, a cattail swamp, a protected wetland Area for Rare Plants and Wetland Animals.  The original Baker/Raylman tract was donated to TNC in memory of their grandparents, Mr. Arthur Baker and Mrs. Teresa Modolo.

Once our forests are fragmented, they are gone forever. Winnakee understands that it is crucial that they stay intact and that contiguous migration corridors for at risk species are also protected. Winnakee’s stewardship model is the investment in forest resilience our future depends on.”

Donor of Dutchess Gables

Dutchess Gables, a stunning 105-acre landscape in the Town of Stanford deemed irreplaceable by Scenic Hudson. The property includes forested land with habitats for three Species of Special Concern in NYS: New England Cottontail, Golden-Winged Warbler, and the American Woodcock. The property is designated by the DEC as a Core Forest in a Forest Linkage Zone, meaning its intact forested connections between nearby matrix forest blocks allow animals and plants to move across the landscape. It is also part of the Stay Connected Initiative. This property was purchased with help from The 1971 Foundation and the Anna Maria & Stephen Kellen Foundation.

Donating irreplaceable land through Winnakee is one of the most meaningful things you can do to have a lasting and permanent effect on our region and environment. We trust Winnakee to be its guardian and protector.”

Donor of Vlei Marsh Preserve

Vlei Marsh is the second largest wetland area in Rhinebeck and was identified as high priority for protection in the Town’s environmental plan. It consists of 165 acres, 90 acres of which are DEC designated wetlands, including 1,300 feet of headwaters of the Fallsburg Creek. The property is designated by the DEC as a Core Forest in a Forest Linkage Zone and as a Significant Biodiversity Area in the Hudson Valley, recognized for its wide diversity of bird life.

Take the Next Step!

To take the next step to explore options for conserving your land, please contact our Executive Director, Bob Davis We welcome your questions and are here to help you and your family with resources on how you may benefit from conserving your land and leaving a lasting legacy.


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