Campaign to Save Whiskey Island and Northern Great Bear

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Join the campaign to save Whiskey Island and Northern Great Bear

With trails through fields, woods and wetlands, plus canal towpath and riverfront access, Great Bear Springs Recreation Area (GBSRA) is truly special natural open space, open to everyone, every day of the year for non-motorized recreation. Located between Phoenix and Fulton on the Oswego River in Volney, New York, GBSRA is a cherished place to enjoy the outdoors in southern Oswego County.

CNY Land Trust has partnered with Friends of Great Bear for the Campaign to Save Whiskey Island & Northern Great Bear to acquire and preserve the northern third of the Great Bear Springs Recreation Area (GBSRA). This northern section, unlike the southern two-thirds of GBSRA, is privately owned and currently for sale.

Sale of the privately-owned portion of GBSRA could jeopardize the integrity of the entire GBSRA. The challenge now is to raise the funds needed to acquire the property.

March 29, 2017 Update: The Richard S. Shineman Foundation has awarded CNY Land Trust a challenge grant of up to $50,000 for the acquisition of Whiskey Island and Northern Great Bear.  Starting now, your donation to the campaign will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, by the Shineman Foundation grant award.  This is an amazing opportunity for the whole community to make a difference in preserving this special place – and you can know that your gift to the campaign is doubled!  CNY Land Trust and Friends of Great Bear are very grateful to the Shineman Foundation for providing the community catalyst to energize our campaign.

You can make a difference! Please consider making a donation to ensure that GBSRA remains intact and permanently accessible to the public. For online giving, be sure to navigate to the donation “button” specific to the Great Bear campaign. Thank you!

Interested in learning more?  Join us!  Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 7:30am, CNY Land Trust volunteer, Matt Young, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, will guide a bird watching walk at Great Bear Springs Recreation Area.  Meet at the entrance of Great Bear:

Or navigate to the CNY Land Trust newsletter, The Journal, for a front page article by CNY Land Trust board member Steve Kulick.

Questions? Contact us!
GBSRA photo credits to Richard Drosse, Coordinator, Friends of Great Bear, and Rick Smardon, President, CNY Land Trust Board of Directors

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