The Newell farm is currently operated as an equestrian training and riding center.
The property is adjacent to the Land Trust’s existing 200-acre Charles Spencer Nature Preserve.
The easement protects a part of Taughannock Creek, a tributary to Cayuga Lake.
The newly improved path connects to the adjacent Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail.
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The land will be conveyed to New York State as an addition to Danby State Forest.
A total of $1.8 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants were awarded to 58 nonprofit land trusts across New York.
Connecticut Hill is a popular destination for outdoor recreation and wildlife observation.
Funds for the project came from the state’s Farmland Protection Implementation Program.
The property has been in Art Woldt’s family since 1920 .
With this latest addition, the preserve now spans over 96 acres of diverse wildlife habitats.
The property is one of the largest remaining privately owned parcels within the town of Ithaca.
The plan provides a blueprint for open space conservation in New York State.
The report shows that land trusts have conserved 56 million acres across America.
Two of the Land Trust’s projects were selected for protection.
Acquiring the land will expand recreational opportunities for the public.
The property was once slated for residential development including more than 30 homes.
Over a half mile of the Finger Lakes Trail’s Bristol Hills Spur runs through the property.
The property features meadows as well as a rugged gorge and hillside woodlands above State Route 21.
The donation brings the total acreage of conserved land around Quarry Farm to more than 235 acres.