October 18 – CNY Land Trust’s Annual Members Meeting

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Three Falls Woods, Photo Credit: Phil Bonn, Manlius Greenspace Coalition

Tonight – Wednesday, October 18, 2017, doors open at 6pm

You are invited to CNY Land Trust’s Annual Members Meeting, Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, Onondaga County. Doors open at 6:00pm, meeting from 6:30-8:30pm. Free and open to the public.

Join the CNY Land Trust board of directors to hear about newly protected land in Onondaga and Oswego Counties – including “Three Falls Woods” in Manlius.  Here is the CNY Land Trust media release:


Contact: Meredith Perreault, Executive Director, Central New York Land Trust,
315-575-8839, director@cnylandtrust.org

Iconic Three Falls Woods Protected as Part of 120-acre Land Preservation Effort
New and Expanded Nature Preserves in Manlius Open for Community Enjoyment

Central New York Land Trust will announce tonight at its Annual Members Meeting the purchase of 120 acres of undeveloped land for conservation in Manlius. CNY Land Trust will own and maintain the land as two nature preserves for the community to enjoy low-impact recreation such as hiking, photography, and nature study.

The newly protected land includes a storied green space known as “Three Falls Woods,” remarkable for its cliff formations and waterfalls. A remaining, intact part of the limestone Onondaga Escarpment, Three Falls Woods has been a place of community interest for land protection for more than 30 years. The Town of Manlius declared this wooded natural area a Critical Environmental Area in 2009, recognizing its benefits to human health and environmental value. CNY Land Trust’s recent purchase will permanently protect nearly 80 acres near Seneca Turnpike and Sweet Road, adjacent to a natural area owned by the Village of Manlius.

In addition, CNY Land Trust is expanding its existing Brickyard Falls View Preserve from seven to 47 acres on the West Branch of Limestone Creek. Noted for intact floodplain and forest, this purchase provides an uninterrupted natural corridor between CNY Land Trust and Village of Manlius-owned land, plus existing trails for quiet recreation. The preserves, like CNY Land Trust’s other nature preserves throughout Onondaga and Oswego counties, will be open to the public from dawn to dusk every day of the year, free of charge. Hunting, trapping, fires, camping, and the use of motorized vehicles are prohibited for safety and land protection.

CNY Land Trust thanks two extraordinary donors, Harold and Barbara Jones, who are Manlius residents determined to give back to the community by securing the future of these natural areas for all to enjoy. The donations for purchase are the largest received in the organization’s history. “CNY Land Trust is very thankful to our supporters for their far-sighted and consequential action taken to protect Manlius land for community benefit,” said Rick Smardon, president of the CNY Land Trust Board of Directors.

CNY Land Trust is a nonprofit, membership-supported land conservation organization that seeks to preserve and protect natural areas in order to provide our communities clean water, clean air, wildlife habitat, and a chance to connect with the land. Learn more about CNY Land Trust at http://cnylandtrust.org.