State buys 300 acres beside Hudson River

The state has purchased nearly 300 acres along the Hudson River in Columbia County for $1.6 million.

Using money from the state Environmental Protection Fund and a federal grant, the state bought Little Nutten Hook in the towns of Stockport and Stuyvesant from the Scenic Hudson Land Trust Inc. The 296 acres will be added to the Stockport Flats portion of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation, which announced the purchase Thursday, partnered on the acquisition with Scenic Hudson, which had purchased the property in 2010 in anticipation of eventual state ownership. Scenic Hudson and DEC secured a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program for $800,000 of the $1.6 million purchase price. The remaining $800,000 will be funded by the EPF.

The lands will be managed as part of the Stockport Flats component of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, one of four natural area complexes that comprise the reserve. The new lands will be available for passive recreation including hunting, wildlife watching, education programs, research and monitoring.