Conservation Grant from New York State Partnership Program Ensures Protection of Steepletop Land in Perpetuity

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The Millay Society is proud to announce that we have made significant progress toward protecting and preserving our 200-acre property for the future.  After working throughout 2022 with the New York State Land Trust, Scenic Hudson, we were honored that Steepletop was selected as one of four grant recipients in a new partnership, FCELT (Forest Conservation Easements for Land Trust), focused on protecting forests and combating climate change.

Announcing the grant, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) noted that Steepletop, “the historic home of Edna St. Vincent Millay, who elegized this landscape in her work…is an important conservation priority due to its educational, historic, and ecological value, as well as potential for restored public access.” By granting a conservation easement to the DEC, we have ensured that Steepletop’s lands, consisting of mixed northern hardwood forest, wetlands and open meadows—the largest single holding in the Harvey Mountain State Forest—will be protected in their natural state in perpetuity.

“We are thrilled that Steepletop has been included as a grant recipient in New York State’s new partnership program, FCELT,” said Millay Society president Vincent Barnett. “This is an important milestone for The Millay Society in our continuing efforts to protect and preserve Millay’s home, land and legacy.”