Nadine Lemmon wins open space award

When Nadine Lemmon first moved to Gardiner in the mid-1990s, some of the first people she met just so happened to be the folks from the Wallkill Valley Land Trust. The conservation group took a keen interest in her right away for a simple reason -- she’d purchased a house with a pre-existing conservation easement.

Lemmon wasn’t allowed to build on that easement and the Land Trust wanted to make sure she didn’t do anything contrary to the agreement. But that procedure -- which could have been seen as a hassle for some homeowners -- turned out to . . .

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