Our forever falls
Acquisition adds to protected lands at Carpenter's Falls as Land Trust secures mile-long corridor between area's highest waterfall and Skaneateles Lake
The Finger Lakes Land Trust purchase of 29.4 acres of woodland is official. The property has extensive frontage on Bear Swamp Creek a major tributary to Skaneateles Lake. This latest Land Trust acquisition results in the creation of a mile-long protected corridor between Carpenter's Falls and the shore of Skaneateles Lake.
The property was acquired from Steven Nemec and has long been a priority for conservation as it is located between other protected lands along Bear Swamp Creek including the primary public access to Carpenter's Falls the highest waterfall within the Skaneateles Lake Watershed.
The Nemec property is located on Appletree Point Road in the town of Niles, Cayuga County. It features mature forests of maple, oak, and hemlock, as well as several scenic waterfalls. The parcel also hosts a portion of the "Jug Path," a historic trail that once linked the lakeshore to a distillery that was located adjacent to Carpenter's Falls.
"This is a wonderful acquisition," Land Trust executive director Andrew Zepp said. "By acquiring this land, we will ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy this spectacular natural area."
"We're grateful to Steve Nemec for working with us to protect this land; Land Trust volunteer Scott Winkelman for his tireless efforts on behalf of this project; and all of our members and donors who made the acquisition possible."
Funds for the purchase came from the Land Trust's Campaign for Carpenter's Falls and the Skaneateles Highlands. To date, the organization has raised all but $16,000 needed to reach its goal of $400,000 for a variety of conservation projects within the Skaneateles area. The campaign has also supported the acquisition of the primary public access to Carpenter's Falls and an addition to the Land Trust's High Vista Nature Preserve on the east side of Skaneateles Lake.