Bell Station: Cedar View Addition in 2023!

The Finger Lakes Land Trust announces a wonderful new conservation success that will build upon the major victory at Bell Station. Watch the video about the Cedar View addition to Bell Station! You can also make a gift to help support the protection of Cedar View and other lands across the region:

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*** Update February 15, 2024 – See the New York Times story “After Shutting Down, These Golf Courses Went Wild,” including mention of our Cedar View project!

*** Update August 22, 2023 – See the press release about the acquisition of Cedar View!

In 2021 and 2022, the community rallied to save Bell Station which had once been slated for a lakeside nuclear plant. You can see the original Bell Station movie below:

Meanwhile, over the past few years, our Finger Lakes Forever capital campaign has garnered such overwhelming support that we are able to pursue the neighboring property to the north of Bell Station!

Looking south over the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake, including Cedar View and Bell Station properties with Milliken Station (decommissioned) at top right. Photo: Bill Hecht

The Cedar View project (see maps below) will add 110 acres of scenic vistas, productive farm fields, lakeshore woodlands, and a former golf course, creating grassland habitat for migratory songbirds such as Bobolinks, Savannah Sparrows, and Eastern Meadowlarks.

Scenic vista from Cedar View property, looking west over Cayuga Lake. Photo: Andy Zepp

The project will also create new recreational trails and eliminate the threat of development adjacent to Bell Station.

Former golf course and lakeshore woodlands at Cedar View. Photo: Bill Hecht

Together the Bell Station and Cedar View properties will create one of the largest shoreline areas dedicated to wildlife conservation in the Finger Lakes region!

We hope to acquire the land by summer 2023 for permanent protection as part of a New York State wildlife management area.

Cedar View property (foreground) with Bell Station property to the south. Photo: Bill Hecht


With your help, we can permanently save rare and beautiful places in the Finger Lakes region:

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Please contact us with any questions about the Cedar View project and how you can help save more land in the Finger Lakes region.