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Family Protects 18-Acres In Croton With Westchester Land Trust

“M.Weinstein, T.Liszka, G.Weinstein.jpg” From left to right: Westchester Land Trust’s most recent easement donors Martin Weinstein, Teresa Liszka and Gerald Weinstein at the organization’s annual benefit in June.
“M.Weinstein, T.Liszka, G.Weinstein.jpg” From left to right: Westchester Land Trust’s most recent easement donors Martin Weinstein, Teresa Liszka and Gerald Weinstein at the organization’s annual benefit in June. Photo Credit: Contributed

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- An 18-acre portion of the Kenoten Estate in Croton has been preserved forever thanks to a donation to the Westchester Land Trust by the Weinstein family including Gerald Weinstein, Martin Weinstein and Teresa Liszka.

The donation of a conservation easement means that the land will never be developed in a way that conflicts with its current use, and that its fields, woods and wetlands will remain habitable for birds and wildlife.

Liszka and Martin Weinstein, both accomplished visual artists, have long drawn inspiration from their land which straddles a high hill and overlooks the Hudson River.

Martin’s most recent body of work features landscapes of the newly-protected property and demonstrates the intimate connection between nature and creative expression.

“Finalizing the easement with the Westchester Land Trust was hugely important to us,” said Liszka. “We don’t have to worry now that the land is secure. It can’t ever be built on. It’s going to be taken care of forever.”

The Weinstein conservation easement abuts the 156-acres Brinton Brook Sanctuary which is owned by the Saw Mill River Audubon. It offers significant conservation attributes including the protection of water quality; the providing of habitat for wildlife, particularly migratory songbirds, waterfowl, raptors, amphibians, and large mammals.

The easement provides a scenic view shed from nearby roads, the Hudson River and the mountains directly across the Hudson River. Together, the Weinstein conservation easement and the Brinton Brook Sanctuary form a critical conservation corridor providing additional habitat and refuge to the wild flora and fauna.

”In an area as heavily developed as Westchester County, the Weinstein conservation easement is remarkable not only for its scenic beauty but for its unity,“ said WLT Vice President, Kara Whelan. “Whenever possible, our preservation work aims to connect existing parcels of protected open space. The Weinstein conservation easement is a great example of expanding conservation corridors.”

The Westchester Land Trust stewards nearly 200 easements on roughly 5,200 acres spread throughout Westchester and eastern Putnam counties.

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