Land Acquisitions and Conservation Easements


Over our 60+ year history, Mianus River Gorge (MRG) has successfully completed over 200 land projects and protected over 1,200 acres of land in the Mianus Watershed. MRG works to protect the watershed and the Preserve by the purchase (or gift) of land and/or conservation easements and by working with local government boards to foster responsible development.

Easement held by MRG on Middle Patent Road protecting 30 acres of fields, forest and wetlands

The Mianus River Gorge Preserve is made up of 85 parcels of land and 18 conservation easements put together by the hard work of Trustees, staff, volunteers and, of course, generous donors, one parcel at a time, over 60 years. The Preserve includes close to 100 acres of old-growth forest, one of the last remaining stands in the northeast US (and only 40 miles from New York City). The first land parcel was added in 1953 and the most recent one added just this year.

MRG continues today to work on adding land to the Preserve. We have a priority list of important properties and we actively work toward their protection. MRG uses a variety of strategies to help landowners protect their land. For more information, please call Rod Christie, Executive Director at 234-3455.


Working with partners and private donors, MRG successfully closed on the pristine 73-acre Levene Property in North Castle.

The MRG is an accredited land trust through the Land Trust Alliance’s  accreditation program. This distinction signifies that the Gorge meets national quality standards in nonprofit management and land conservation and that the Gorge has systems in place to keep its promise of permanent land protection.

The mission of Mianus River Gorge, an independent, not-for-profit organization, is to preserve, protect and promote appreciation of the natural heritage of the Mianus River watershed through land acquisition and conservation, scientific research and public education throughout the region.
Mianus River Gorge, 167 Mianus River Road, Bedford, New York 10506     914-234-3455

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