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.
The Land Trust acquired an addition its 537-acre Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve!
Hemlock trees are an irreplaceable part of the eastern forests.
This is the Land Trust 26th protection project within the Six Mile Creek watershed.
The Land Trust was awarded $62,000 in grant funding.
This project represents the Land Trust’s sixth acquisition at Bare Hill.
The site will become a public conservation area.
Acquisition of the property prevents ecological degradation of adjacent public lands.
The property is situated within the West Hill Wildway—a growing greenbelt on Ithaca’s West Hill.
The funds come at a critical time for the Finger Lakes, which have seen an increasing number of toxic algae outbreaks.