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The Living Land: Monthly News for February 2018

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Protecting a Rare Stretch of Owasco Lake Shoreline

The Land Trust is protecting 1,100 feet of Owasco Lake shoreline through the acquisition of 74 acres in the town of Owasco, Cayuga County. The Land Trust intends to manage the site as a public conservation area, and will restore wetlands to filter runoff to the lake. A hiking trail will traverse the site’s diverse wildlife habitats while also providing access to scenic views of Owasco Lake. Learn more and contribute to the Owasco Lakeshore Protection Project.

Photo: Tom Reimers

Land Purchase Expands Finger Lakes National Forest

The Land Trust acquired 24 acres in the heart of the Finger Lakes National Forest. Located in the town of Hector, Schuyler County, the wooded property is surrounded by existing public land. This latest acquisition is the sixth land protection project the Land Trust has completed within the national forest. Learn more.

Photo: Ben Roosa

Go Finger Lakes: Our Top Cross Country Ski Spots in the Region!

On a crisp winter’s day, there is nothing quite like the feeling of strapping on your skis and gliding through silent forests of towering oaks, maples, spruce, and pine.  Cross country skiing is a great way to experience nature while getting a terrific workout, and our Finger Lakes region offers plenty of places to get out on the trails. Go Finger Lakes.

Photo: Chris Ray

Aquisition Expands Growing Network of Conserved Lands on Ithaca’s West Hill 

The Land Trust acquired 73 acres of mature forest and meadows on Ithaca’s West Hill. Once part of a farm owned by the Babcock family, the property is situated within the West Hill Wildway—a growing greenbelt extending along the west side of Ithaca.  See the story.

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Check Out Our Growing List of Free Public Events!

From birding to tree identification to observing the subtle changes of the seasons, our list of free public events in the region is growing. See the events calendar.

Photo: Brian Maley

Send Us Your Best Nature Pics for Our 30th Anniversary Photo Contest!

The Land Trust will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2019 – marking 3 decades of collective effort to save the lands and waters of our region.  The celebration begins now with our 30th Anniversary Photo Contest!  Accepting submissions through December 1, 2018. Send us your best!

 Video of the Month

Presenting an extraordinary chance to save pristine shoreline on Owasco Lake by creating a new public conservation area that protects wildlife habitat and water quality.  See the short video and map at  The Land Trust is raising money to purchase the property, open it the public, and steward the land forever!  Help save this open space with your donation today.  Please type “Owasco Project” in the comments field.

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