We have worked to preserve land atop and around the Helderberg Escarpment, while enhancing the centerpiece of these ancient cliffs—John Boyd Thacher State Park.
Over the past 20 years, through numerous transactions, we have added more than 1,200 acres to Thacher Park, more than doubling its size. Safeguarding these properties has not only protected views and habitat but also expanded recreation for hikers, cross-country skiers and others.
A gem of the Capitol Region
In 1909, the original 350 acres of the park were donated by Emma Treadwell Thacher, in honor of her husband and former Albany Mayor John Boyd Thacher, to be used as a public park and nature preserve. Since its opening in 1914, Thacher Park has only grown in popularity.
“History, happiness, and science all meet in this spot and pay tribute to the memory of the man… and the generosity of the lady who made this valued spot a state possession.”- New York Governor Martin Glynn, 1914
In addition to doubling the size of Thacher, we have also had a hand in protecting the land around the park. In 2002 and 2003, we helped protect family-owned farms, Ketcham Farm and Indian Ladder Farms.