Indian Hill Road
The Danner Family Preserve spans the Yorktown-Putnam Valley town line and the border of Westchester and Putnam counties. Set on overgrown farmland, the preserve consists of old field habitat, thick with gray dogwood other early successional shrubs. It's a habitat that has become rare as our area's woods have grown older and the result is that birds reliant on it – indigo bunting, prairie warbler and rufous-sided towhee – have also become rare.
Eugene and Josephine Danner, who had owned the land for several decades, donated the property to Westchester Land Trust in late 2007, after donating a conservation easement on it to the Yorktown Land Trust and the Putnam County Land Trust. They were inspired by Donald J. Trump's donation of 436 acres for the state park now named after him (the state park is in two sections, one of which is across the road).
Here's what Wetland Scientist, Damon Oscarson, said about the property in his assessment:
"This Danner property has very significant conservation values and has important wildlife habitat value. ... It has a mix of young to moderate aged deciduous forest, old post-agricultural fields, and numerous old stone walls. "The fields are presently thick shrubs, which is ideal habitat for declining shrub-dependent bird species. It creates a unique opportunity to manage for field and shrubland species ...."
Directions: The Danner Family Preserve is located just off of Route 6 in Jefferson Valley (Yorktown and Putnam Valley). From Route 6 take East Main Street to Indian Hill Road. The entrance to the preserve is on the south side of Indian Hill Road in Putnam Valley; park along the road near the preserve entrance.