Rondout-Esopus Land ConservancyRondout-Esopus Land Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization committed to conserving open space in Ulster County, New York.

To protect and preserve natural resources and open space while sustaining the scenic beauty and rural character in the Rondout and Esopus watersheds and adjacent areas.

Through our efforts, approximately 4,000 acres have already been conserved. By preserving land in and around watersheds, RELC easements maintain the integrity of important ecosystems, protecting biodiversity and ultimately helping to keep our waterways clean.

Conservation easements also help preserve the historic character of Ulster County by protecting land that has been farmed for generations, ensuring that land remains in productive agricultural use.

Some of the ways Rondout-Esopus Land Conservancy fulfills its mission:

  • Educating the public about land conservation
  • Working with private landowners who want to protect their land through a conservation easement
  • Accepting conservation easements for stewardship
  • Monitoring protected properties
  • Maintaining and defending easements


  • Consortium of Local Land Trusts of Ulster County
  • Open Space Institute
  • Shawangunk Mountains Scenic Byway
  • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  • NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
  • Local municipalities
  • Lower Rondout Watershed Council