The property boasts stunning 30-mile views of the surrounding landscape from a hilltop field accessed by a section of the FLT.
Protection of the property will help ensure that wide ranging animals such as black bear and bobcat.
Visible from Interstate 86 and NYS Route 352, the steep hillside property is a cherished landmark in the Southern Tier, known locally as the Palisades.
Protection of the property will improve water quality in Owego Creek and further downstream in the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds.
The property is contiguous to the organization’s Cora Kampfe Dickinson Preserve.
The FLLT will work with the Central New York Land Trust to conserve the property.
Bare Hill is well known in the region for its scenic views as well as its place in Seneca lore.
This latest acquisition is the Land Trust’s seventh land protection project in the vicinity of the national forest.
The Finger Lakes Land Trust, Nature Conservancy, and Skaneateles Lake Association have come together to address harmful algal blooms and water quality.
The property contains a half mile of frontage on Big Gully Creek—a tributary to Keuka Lake that has carved a three mile long gorge.
The new addition brings the McIlroy Bird Sanctuary to over 260 acres.
The grants will fund multiple projects in the Cayuga, Otisco, and Skaneateles lake watersheds.
Acquisition of the property will build upon cooperative efforts to create a natural corridor along the trail.
The land is adjacent to Bear Swamp State Forest.
Nearly all of the property is located within the Six Mile Creek watershed.
The property is adjacent to the Land Trust’s 200-acre Charles Spencer Nature Preserve.
The preserve features over 1,300 feet of wild shoreline.
The college will use the site to teach students about wildlife management and forestry practices.
The property will remain in agricultural use.
Conserving the property will help protect water quality in the Cayuga Lake watershed.