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Caz: CPF leads hikers through trails

CPF leads hikers through trails

By Willie Kiernan

republican@cnylink.com

In spite of a gloomy weather forecast, Judy Gianforte of the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation, led 14 hikers on the local public trail system from Burlingame Road to Chittenango Falls State Park on Saturday May 31. The six-plus mile walk was divided into four stages, with hikers invited to join any or all stages at pre-designated times.

The first stage, from Sherman's Gulch to Lorenzo, took walkers along an old carriage road and horse trails through a mosaic of CPF and private properties. From there, the walk continued through the village via Carpenter's Pond and the Willow Patch on to the Gorge Trail and Link Trail along the abandoned railroad bed east side of Chittenango Creek.

I wanted to walk the Sherman's Gulch section because I had never been on it, said Jan Koennecke, a long-time Cazenovia resident and walker.

Margie Tormey and her son joined for the last stage from Bingley Road to Chittenango Falls for the same reason.

CPF owns over 400 acres of property in the Cazenovia area, holds conservation easements on another 700 acres and has facade easements for several local historic structures. CPF members have participated in virtually every community planning exercise over the last 40 years. CPF has also provided technical and financial support to individuals and organizations for historic preservation projects.

I was really delighted, said Gianforte, to see Cazenovians ranging from a baby to a grandmother enjoying Cazenovia's great trail system - even in the rain.

The CPF Walks series continued on June 7 with Bird Songs and nests hosted by Jeanne Ryan. On June 28, CPF will be presenting Understanding Agriculture with a tour of the Holmes Farm field and milking operations. More information on the CPF Walks can be found at cazpreservation.org.

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