The New York Highlands region encompasses Appalachian hills and valleys extending from Pawling and Southeast county at the Connecticut border, following the Hudson Highland mountains, across the Hudson River, and continues on to Warwick and Ramapo counties at the New Jersey border. Projects in the state are conserving important wildlife habitat, creating new outdoor recreational areas and protecting drinking water supplies for residents in and around Patterson, Philipstown and Warwick, just to name a few, and it is in close proximity to New York City. The successes of the Highlands Conservation Act are the result of the hard work of multiple state and local partners, supported by a 50% funding match from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

State partners include:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Click here for a complete list of HCA partners in New York

New York Highlands at a glance:
Number of Completed Projects Acres ConservedTotal Obligated funds 
245,942 $27,949,982.00 


A pond reflects sunlight on the water. Wild grass, lily pads, and wildflowers surround the pond. Tall trees grow on the land in the distance across the pond.
The Highlands region spans 3.4 million acres across Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. In an effort to conserve natural resources in this region, the Highlands Conservation Act was passed in 2004, founding the Highlands Conservation Act grant program. This grant program is among...