The mission of the Orange County Land Trust is to preserve water resources, critical habitat, rural and urban farmland, scenic viewsheds, and ecosystems in and around Orange County for the benefit of all who depend on them.


Orange County Land Trust was formed in 1993 by a group of conservation-minded visionaries led by Louis Van Orden Mills, OCLT’s founder, and first president, as well as Orange County’s first County Executive. To date, OCLT has protected over 7,000 acres of vital natural and agricultural landscapes.

Latest Accomplishments

Wagon Wheel Farm, 58 acres, Town of Goshen
A joint project of OCLT and Scenic Hudson, this conservation easement keeps the farm in active agriculture and permanently protected from non-agricultural development.

Sisters of Saint Dominic Property, 179 acres, Towns of Goshen and Chester
This property comprises forest, farmland, and streams within the Moodna Creek watershed. The landowners, the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, donated both a conservation easement and public access easement. The latter opens up the potential for a future connection to the Heritage Trail for public access, as the property abuts a portion of the 19.5 mile, multi-use path.

Sugar Loaf Mountain Property, 309 acres, Town of Chester
The acquisition of this iconic property resulted in the protection of water resources, agricultural land, and contiguous forest. The property is adjacent to Goosepond Mountain State Park and upon transfer to Orange County Parks & Recreation, the land will be accessible for outdoor recreation. This project was made possible thanks to the vision and wishes of the original landowners, the Palmer Family.

To learn more about the Orange County Land Trust, visit www.oclt.org.