RENSSELAERVILLE, NY (April 24, 2018)—Building on its commitment to conservation in the Helderbergs, the Open Space Institute (OSI) has conserved additional acreage in southeastern Albany County. Protection of the property will safeguard scenic views around the historic town of Rensselaerville while increasing the size of Rensselaerville State Forest.
Purchased by OSI for $455,000 and totaling 267 acres, the Hillicoss Family Farm property comprises two parcels of heritage farmland and forests. Recently, the property was the subject of a major subdivision development proposal that would have resulted in 18 new housing lots along the scenic ridge overlooking the Catskill Creek.
The land will increase the size of the state forest by 25 percent once the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) acquires it and an adjoining 300-acre parcel, adjacent to Rensselaerville State Forest and conserved in 2016 by OSI’s local land trust partner, Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy.