At the Manlius Village Board meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday June 24, the Manlius Greenspace Coalition will present its first Environmental Excellence Award for outstanding environmental achievement.
The award is being given to the village of Manlius for conscientious environmental action beneficial to the community, in designating the village portion of Three Falls Woods as a New York State Critical Environmental Area (CEA) in June of 2007.
The designated CEA area is a prime example of extreme karst topography features inherent in limestone escarpments. Three Falls Woods is the easternmost section of a 7-mile long wooded corridor reaching to Clark Reservation, known as The Onondaga Escarpment Nature Corridor, in the New York State Open Space Plan since 2005.
The village CEA district contains a post-glacial gorge with three distinct waterfalls, a disappearing stream with subsurface waterways and floodplain, a 70-foot sinkhole of old-growth hemlock, and comprises a rich plant and wildlife habitat.
The village's designation of Critical Environmental Area is only the second such designation in Onondaga County. It signifies a municipality's recognition of lands with special features which must meet specific criteria according to New York State Environmental Quality Review regulations.