Land conservancy acquires farm surrounding popular Albany-Voorheesville rail trail

NEW SCOTLAND – A local conservation group this week closed on the purchase of a 195-acre historic farm surrounding part of the Albany-Voorheesville rail trail used by hikers, bicyclists and others seeking traffic-free fresh air.

By acquiring the property, members of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy say they can now protect the woodlands and open space around the western portion of the popular 9-mile trail, and potentially add more mountain bike paths. The area has been under increasing development pressure with a number of housing subdivisions going up along the trail in recent years.

“The Bender Melon Farm has been saved. MHLC is incredibly grateful for the overwhelming support we have received for this project, especially during such a challenging time,” Mark King, the group’s executive director, said after the closing.

The organization had raised more than $1 million for the project, which is its largest undertaking to date.

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