The Hudson Valley offers a dynamic combination of scenic vistas, accessibility to the outdoors, real working farms, historic houses and small town charm. One can still thrill in the spotting of an owl, fox, black be in fields, behind houses or during hikes in the Schwanagunks and the Catskill Park. But every day changes are underway; more and more houses are being built, traffic is increasing, taxes are rising and family farms are being sold off, forcing families who have lived in this area for generations to leave. So here’s the question:  as change occurs can the rural, bucolic, historic and affordable nature of the region be preserved or will it be transformed into yet another generic outer suburb, joining the legions of other suburbs in our area? 


It was because of this question that Stand For Land was formed:  to advocate the balance between growth and conservation through healthy public debate, education, and projects that deal with environmental and sustainability issues specific to our area. In October of 2007 Stand For Land became a sponsored project of Open Space Institute’s (OSI) Citizen Action Program.  This program allows us to operate under the non-profit financial and administrative umbrella of OSI while maintaining our independence as a grass roots organization.