Hudson River Valley
The Algonquins christened the Hudson River “The River that Flows Both Ways,” while Congress called the Hudson River Valley “the fountainhead of a truly American identity.”
When explorer Henry Hudson sailed up the Hudson River on his ship, the Half Moon, his crewmembers reported that the lands were as “pleasant with grass and flowers and goodly trees as ever they had seen.” Since then, the Hudson River Valley has inspired and delighted generations, from the mid-19th century Hudson River School landscape painters to iconic American authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne; from presidents such as Teddy Roosevelt to industrial barons such as the Rockefellers.
In 1996, Congress created the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area to preserve and protect the valley, its resources, and its history, calling it the "fountainhead of a truly American identity." One of 37 National Heritage Areas in the country, the valley extends from the state capital of Albany south to New York City and encompasses over four million acres surrounding the 315-mile Hudson River.
Bordered to the west by the Hudson Highlands, the Shawangunks, the Catskills, and at its northern end, the Adirondacks, the region is a recreational playground for the 2.5 million residents that call the valley home. The low fertile lands of the Hudson River Valley provide 900,000 acres of farmland for 2,500 full-time farms. Rich in history, the valley contains five National Historic Sites, 58 National Historic Landmarks, 89 historic districts, and over 1,000 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Hudson River Valley, with its rich history and unparalleled beauty, is a place worth protecting, Whether a viewshed from an historic site, a prime recreation trail that leads to a ridgetop overlook, or a pastoral farm that has been cultivated for generations, OSI is protecting the open spaces of this truly American landscape.
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