Staff from both organizations participated in the planting, which The Nature Conservancy funded as part of an effort to scale up tree planting across New York State.
Extending protection in this environmentally sensitive area is a priority for the Finger Lakes Land Trust.
The FLLT purchased the 480-acre Bell Station property, featuring 3,400 feet of pristine Cayuga Lake shoreline, from New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG).
104 Acres Added to Big Flats Wildlife Management Area and 50 Acres Added to Danby State Forest.
Protection of this property secures its steep slopes and unique twin waterfalls, and safeguards water quality in Cayuga Lake.
The Finger Lakes Land Trust commends Governor Kathy Hochul for presenting a forward-looking budget that will positively impact all New Yorkers for years to come.
The property is bordered to the north by Bear Swamp State Forest.
It is anticipated that the property will be formally opened to the public sometime in 2022.
Both the Finger Lakes Museum and Ganondagan State Historic Site exemplify the unique natural and cultural history of the Finger Lakes region.
The Land Trust acquired 139 acres, just east of Ithaca, in the town of Richford, Tioga County.
The property supports a diversity of wildlife including Bald Eagles and black bear, with the Palisades creating a dramatic backdrop.
The state budget includes historic investments in New York’s environment.
The Land Trust joins 342 accredited land trusts that demonstrate their commitment to professional excellence.