The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Dutchess Land Conservancy (DLC) have announced the acquisition of a conservation easement on an 1830 farm in the town of Pine Plains.
The Land Conservancy acquired the Jordan Lane Farm easement with New York State Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) funding that provides resources to protect source waters.
The Jordan Lane Farm has been owned by the Jordan family for almost 200 years. Its 1830 farmhouse is a reminder of the history of farming in Dutchess County. The farm was most recently used as support lands for local farm operations and has an exceptional area of soils, covering nearly 100 percent of the property, that meet U.S.D.A.’s Prime Farmland and Farmland of Statewide Importance designations. Jordan Lane Farm is located in an area with many other easement protected lands conserved by the DLC and acquisition of this property helps to solidify a contiguous block of conserved land along Route 82 and Route 83 in the Town of Pine Plains.
The State awarded a $982,290 WQIP grant toward the $1,090,063 acquisition of a conservation easement on a significant portion of the farm, with additional funding provided by the Dutchess County Partnership for Manageable Growth Program. The easement is located within the Wappinger Creek watershed, a tributary to the Hudson River, and contains approximately 40 acres of wetlands. The entire property overlies aquifer recharge areas and by acquiring the Jordan Lane Farm Conservation Easement, approximately 25 percent of the town’s Wellhead Protection Zone is now protected in perpetuity.