The Cragsmoor Conservancy, Inc is our local land trust, founded in 2001 by the Cragsmoor
Association to “work creatively with the community to preserve the distinctive natural and
cultural resources of Cragsmoor.” Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions
about the Conservancy.

How does the Conservancy “work with the community to preserve
the distinctive natural and cultural resources of Cragsmoor”?

At least two ways.
First, landowners can give or sell properties to the Conservancy on the understanding that they
will be forever preserved in a natural state or architecturally appropriate condition.
Second, the Conservancy can enforceable “conservation easements” on property, which allow
landowners to protect some or all of their property from future development without giving up
ownership. They can continue to live on and use their land, and they retain the right to sell it or
pass it on to their heirs.

Why should a landowner transfer property
or a conservation easement to the Cragsmoor Conservancy?

The most important reason is to protect the qualities that the landowner loves, such as the natural
beauty and unique environment of Cragsmoor. By transferring property or an easement to the
Conservancy, the landowner can rest assured that those qualities will be maintained forever.
Second, the entire Cragsmoor community benefits because Cragsmoor is being preserved
and protected. And third, the landowner may obtain a tax deduction, because the Cragsmoor
Conservancy is registered as a Section 501(c)(3) organization.

What is at risk if Cragsmoor property is not protected?

There are currently several hundred acres of land in Cragsmoor considered to be “in play,” i.e.,
at risk of being developed. Under current zoning laws, development of these parcels could add
hundreds of houses to Cragsmoor, irrevocably changing the nature of our community.

What has been protected so far?

Through 2012, four parcels of land totaling 40 acres have been protected in perpetuity against
development through donation or the use of conservation easements, and discussions are under
way with other prospective donors.

What is the difference between the Cragsmoor Conservancy and the Cragsmoor

The Conservancy began as an off-shoot of the Association and shares its overall goals, but
the Conservancy is the only Cragsmoor organization that has as its sole purpose holding and
managing property and conservation easements. For this reason, the Conservancy is qualified
to receive tax-deductible donations of conservation easements or title to land, something the
Association cannot do.

How can I support the Cragsmoor Conservancy?

You can become a a member of the Conservancy by paying annual tax-deductible dues of $10
(they will go to $20 in 2013-14), You can make additional charitable donations to support the

Conservancy’s work. You can talk to your neighbors about our community and how to protect it.
And you can consider donating land or a conservation easement to protect your property foreve.

Where do my dues and charitable donations go?

They support the work of the Conservancy, a purely volunteer organization. When the
Conservancy receives property and conservation easements, it takes on the responsibility of
maintaining them. This requires annual monitoring, including surveillance, photographic
documentation and mapping, to make sure that each property is being preserved and maintained
according to the terms agreed on with the owner. It also requires the erecting of signs to inform
the public of the designated uses of the property. And when the Conservancy owns a piece of
land outright, it must pay the property taxes.

Also, the Conservancy maintians a program of education and outreach to the public, including
publications, mailings and Internet communications. The Conservancy can protect Cragsmoor
only if the community and individual property owners know about the Conservancy and how it

The Cragsmoor Conservancy is currently developing its own website, which should be
online by early 2013. If you would like to know more about the Conservancy or would like to
talk with a Director of the Conservancy about protecting your land, please send an email to or call 845-647-4716.

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