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Tapan Mitra Nature Preserve

Bordering more than 2,000 acres of previously protected open space, the Tapan Mitra Nature Preserve connects to miles of hiking trails. Formerly known as the Cayuga Inlet Conservation Area, the preserve was renamed in 2019 in honor of the late Tapan Mitra, a leading economic theorist and long-serving Cornell University professor.

Natural History

Its wild, wooded hillside and streamside meadows can be seen from Robert Treman State Park as well as nearby State Route 13.  Public fishing rights extend along both banks of the Cayuga Inlet through this preserve.

The property also protects a short, but key, segment of the popular Finger Lakes Trail, allowing hikers to pass through woods and fields rather than having to negotiate roads in this area.

History

In 2006, the Land Trust purchased these 123 acres located within the towns of Ithaca and Newfield, just south of the Sweedler Preserve at Lick Brook.  Previously owned by John Babcock, this property features more than a mile of frontage on the Cayuga Inlet.  The land also borders Robert Treman State Park and a natural area owned and managed by Cornell Plantations.

This property was acquired with significant financial support from Cornell University, Tompkins County, the Town of Ithaca, and numerous individuals. In 2019, the Land Trust received a bequest from the estate of Tapan Mitra. During his life, Dr. Mitra collaborated with the Land Trust to identify key priorities of the organization as a part of his estate planning process. This collaboration led to the renaming of the preserve.

Public Use

Please see our public use policies for recreational activities on nature preserves.

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Directions

The Tapan Mitra Preserve is best accessed by the Finger Lakes Trail which may be picked up from the informal gravel parking area on the east side of the junction of Rt. 13 and 34/96 just south of Ithaca. This parking area is directly across from Robert H. Treman State Park and adjacent to Enfield Creek. Please note that this parking area may only be accessed by traveling northbound on Rt. 34/96.