Nature’s Gems, Open All Year
CNY Land Trust currently protects 2800 acres in 48 nature preserves within 18 towns in Onondaga County and 3 towns in Oswego County. All of the preserves are open, free of charge, for hiking, photography and nature study from sunrise to sunset every day of the year. Hunting, trapping, fires, camping and the use of motorized vehicles are prohibited for the safety of the visiting public and the protection of the land.
In the spirit of “protecting nature’s gems, one acre at a time,” CNY Land Trust classifies its preserves in three categories, Diamonds, Emeralds and Pearls. All preserves meet CNY Land Trust’s mission of natural area protection to provide our communities clean water, clean air, wildlife habitat and a chance to connect with the land. Diamonds are CNY Land Trust’s most welcoming preserves, providing trails, parking, signage for public access, and a dedicated group of stewards. Emeralds may have informal trails. Pearls have the fewest opportunities for access, for example, some are wetlands that are most easily accessible only in the winter.