TSC acquired the Brooks parcel, thereby extending protection of the Rockhill area. This scenic and undeveloped seven acre parcel will be known as The Brooks Parcel after William A. Brooks, Frances Brooks and Judith Ann Charles, who sold the parcel to TSC so that it would be preserved in its natural state in perpetuity. We are grateful to Open Space Institute's Clovehitch Land Protection Fund, which provided a substantial part of the purchase price of $21,000 and to our generous Members who closed the gap so that we did not have to go into our reserves for the purchase price and many costs associated with closing on the property.
The protection of the Brooks parcel, which is located on the western side of the Clove Valley on a rocky summit known as Rock Hill, is of critical importance. As is the case with the five-acre DeGraw lot that we bought last year, these small parcels are adjacent to sizeable amounts of protected lands, which make them more valuable environmentally than their modest size would suggest. Large, unfragmented landscapes are increasingly rare and extremely valuable ecologically for maintaining biodiversity and scenic views from protected parkland and preserve land.
We have some other properties in our sights and on our wish list for purchase. To further our ongoing efforts, send your donation to The Shawangunk Conservancy or Friends of the Shawangunks.