2017 – a big year for CNY Land Trust – thanks to you!

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Beaver dam crew at Heron Marsh Preserve

A message to members on Giving Tuesday –

Thanks to investments by you and community members like you, CNY Land Trust had a big year. Your investment is returning dividends across Central New York, and we thank you for putting your faith in us.

But there’s still more to do. The cause of land conservation needs you, and together, we continue to make a difference in Central New York. Now, as the year draws to a close, will you remember CNY Land Trust in your giving once again?

Let’s recap our big year together. Partnerships and teamwork were the driving force to the successful year. And you are part of creating a multiplier effect, which produces more benefits for people, land, and water in Central New York.

  • CNY Land Trust and Friends of Great Bear partnered together and, with the help of many, successfully raised the funds to purchase land for sale at Great Bear Springs Recreation Area. Over 200 individuals from Oswego and Onondaga Counties contributed to the campaign. Businesses and foundations stepped up to match the outpouring of community support. A task that seemed impossible became reality because of generous people like you.
  • With a landmark donation to CNY Land Trust this year, two long-time Manlius residents created the opportunity to acquire Three Falls Woods, a rare example of intact limestone escarpment with a series of cascading waterfalls.
  • The same Manlius residents made possible the expansion of CNY Land Trust’s existing Brickyard Falls View Preserve, not far from Three Falls Woods. For years cared for by a neighbor since it held special memories of his son, this new 40-acre land purchase links the CNY Land Trust nature preserve with Village of Manlius open space, creating a corridor of conservation along the West Branch of Limestone Creek.
  • CNY Land Trust partnered with the Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation District to install an innovative drainpipe at a beaver dam on Mud Creek, which flows through Heron Marsh Preserve in Cicero. The design allows for lower water levels in Mud Creek, while the beaver dam stays intact, protecting the natural life of river, marsh and the birds and wildlife that live there.

Your generous support of CNY Land Trust helps us find new ways to help people and nature to exist in harmony with each other.

When you give, you support the day-to-day work of a local land trust. But make no mistake – it is also urgent work.

Protecting land and wildlife wherever they are threatened isn’t easy. It takes dedication and teamwork to create a better world. That’s why your support is so urgently needed right now.

Your gift makes it possible to save land. And the reality is every contribution you make gets put into action – protecting and caring for land in Central New York.

That’s right – your financial contribution stays local….and supports places you can really visit, as often as you want!

I sincerely hope you will continue to make a difference for the wild places of Central New York with your contribution today. Let’s have another big year together in 2018.

With your contribution to CNY Land Trust’s Annual Appeal right now – with $50, $100 or what you can give – you can continue to protect and care for natural places and experience a rewarding connection to our natural world. Please take a moment and respond online at cnylandtrust.org/donate.


Richard Smardon, PhD
President, Board of Directors
Central New York Land Trust

P.S. I know that many good charities will seek your contribution. Please know how honored we are when you include Central New York Land Trust in your charitable giving.

Land protected at Great Bear Springs, near Fulton

Three Falls Woods, Manlius

Brickyard Falls View, Manlius